Measure B contains only one safeguard against the squandering and theft of $3 billion and that’s annual audits of the DWP solar energy program by the City Controller.
We know from experience after the last eight years that the only city official who has put the public interest ahead of private and special interests is Controller Laura Chick but she’s termed out of office.
So the question is who will be the people’s watchdog: Councilwoman Wendy Greuel or former DWP Commission President Nick Patsaouras?
Patsaouras has challenged (patsaourasdebate.pdf) Greuel to a debate on Measure B before the March 3 election and he’s right: We have a right to know what they will do to protect the public and make sure the DWP delivers on its promises if Measure B passes.
After all, the only argument that people who support Measure B have is they want solar energy at any price and they believe this is the only way to get it after DWP and City Hall have blocked solar energy development in LA for a decade. So they certainly have a big stake in making sure that this time, the DWP and City Hall deliver.
So Wendy, what’s your answer?