EDITOR’S NOTE: The LA Times posted excerpts today from the Editorial Board’s meeting with leaders of the VoteNoMeasureB campaign with the headline:
Yes on solar, no on this solar program
Solar energy for LA get nearly 100 percent support from the public and it has for more than a decade.
But when people hear what Measure B is really about, there’s nearly 100 percent opposition to this phony solar energy plan that gives a blank check for billions to the mayor, City Council and the Department of Water and Power officials — the very people who have repeatedly failed to deliver on their clean energy promises for a decade and now ask us to trust them.
The public wants the most amount of clean energy at the lowest cost in the fastest time. They want clean air and DWP’s massive portfolio of the nation’s most polluting power plants closed.
Measure B doesn’t do any of that. It’s got no planning, no legitimate cost analysis or financial planning. It doesn’t close a single dirty power plant.
It’s nothing but a monopoly for the DWP that pays 20 to 30 percent more to its workers than other Southern California utilities — including 6 percent pay raises the last two years — and gives them staggeringly high lifetime benefits. It freezes out union labor in the skilled trades, workers who are on unemployment because of the housing downturn. It excludes private businesses that could create thousands of new jobs instead of the 400 DWP jobs the Yes on B campaign says this measure will create..
That’s why three City Council members who voted to put Measure B on the ballot without understanding the dirty deal it is — Bernard Parks, Dennis Zine and Greig Smith — now oppose it and a fourth, Bill Rosendahl, is now undecided.
Four of the five City Attorney candidates oppose it and so does City Controller candidate Nick Patsaouras and nearly all other candidates for mayor and council seats.
So far, 32 Neighborhood Councils and two NC coalitions, at least seven homeowner groups and business organizations, the county Republican Party and the Harbor Democratic club have joined the opposition.
Measure B will be defeated and then we will get a real plan for clean energy and clean government, give everyone a chance to refine it and move swiftly ahead.
Here’s the latest list of Measure B’s opponents with more to come:
Progressive Democratic Club – Greater Harbor Area
Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils
Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles
Granada Hills Chamber of Commerce
Watts Neighborhood Council
MidTown NoHo Neighborhood Council
Hollywood Studio District Neighborhood Council
Granada Hills Neighborhood Council
Harbor Gateway South Neighborhood Council