Antonio Villaraigosa’s sputtering political machine has taken its best shot with Monday’s release of a custom-made analysis that looks into the crystal ball of future developments and provides a statistical guess that Measure B will only add $1 a month to our electrical bills.
If they put it in writing, we should all sign up for long-term contracts. You can’t beat the price, which is based on a stunning decline in estimates for the cost of solar energy from 70 cents a kilowatt to 12 cents, according to the statistical guesswork in the Huron Consulting report solar-HuronReport.pdf released Monday.
I’m all but certain the price will fall to nothing by March 3 if we keep up the pressure. And we won’t have the nation’s dirtiest air or worst traffic congestion or gang problems anymore. Kids will all learn to read and write and we’ll all be rich and happy. It will just take another study.
The plain truth is nobody knows. There are too many variables and Measure B doesn’t define anything beyond giving DWP a monopoly on ownership, installation and maintenance of rooftop solar units — and even that like everything else in Measure B can be changed by a simple majority vote of the nodding heads of the City Council which has managerial control of all aspects of this boondoggle, even decisions about who gets billions of dollars in contracts.
Meanwhile, the groundswell against Measure B continued to gain momentum.
The Daily News found the Huron report unconvincing, saying:it comes down to whether you “trust” city officials.
And the.Reseda Neighborhood Council came out against B Monday night Members of the Westchester Neigbhborhoods Association, where I spoke Monday night, were overwhelmingly supportive of the “No on B” position as well.
You can help get the word out by visiting http://nomeasureb.com/ and contributing whatever you can.
All the Yes on B campaign has is lies and deceits. The highly critical report on Measure B and the managerial failings of DWP by PA dwp-iea.pdf — is still being suppressed like its earlier version even though it was completed two weeks ago.
David Zahniser in the L.A. TImes today reports PA Consulting was passed over for doing the solar cost analysis although it had been paid $1 million to conduct a yearlong review of all DWP operations and policies. The firm had to apologize for its criticisms of DWP and how it’s analysis of the problems with the solar plan became public but even that didn’t help it win the solar cost contract.
“I’m also sorry that (this) incident has caused the DWP to re-evaluate
having P.A. assist in the upcoming Strategic Planning off site
[meeting] and helping with the process generally. I think we were
making excellent progress and that we would have added significant
value in assisting you,” a PA Consulting analyst wrote to DWP General Manager H. David
in his usual smarmy way, Nahai dismissed PA Consulting: “They put out a report that was rushed, superficial and based on
outdated information, and I think they want to distance themselves from
Controller Laura Chick the only city official who actually could pass a test on Measure B offered a different point of view, calling Nahai’s decision not to select P.A. Consulting “disturbing.”
it that the DWP hires consultants who tell them what they want to hear
and everybody else gets shut out? Because that makes me very, very
nervous,” she said.
As the Daily News editorialized: “This disparity between the two reports – one
conducted as a requirement of the City Charter, the other one
commissioned by officials selling the solar initiative – only adds to
the uncertainty of the measure…Whose version are you going to believe?”