In a city that worships at the Temple of Ego, DWP GM David Nahai is a shining superstar — if a giant image of him flashing these days on digital billboards along Sunset Boulevard qualifies for entry into the Pantheon of Super Egos.
Not that Nahai’s credentials in this regard aren’t already impeccable. He’s plastered his image all over the DWP building, on every publication it produces, even in the bag of two CFL light bulbs he spent $3.5 million of our money to give us in expectation of our undying gratitude.
Last summer, the man who lectures us on conservation and hikes our rates every month while the blackouts get more frequent and the water less plentiful got caught with his own home power and water consumption at levels two or three times that of the normal person.
Now, the billboards at North Kings Road and Sunset show him as he thinks of himself — a larger than life figure who is ready to humbly serve the city’s peasants as the next mayor, if Antonio doesn’t fire him first for the humiliating defeat of Measure B.
Nahai, needless to say, is unrepentant and unmoved by the will of the people, saying he has long favored the DWP owning, installing and maintaining rooftop solar units for all of us. Of course, he never did anything about it until the mayor for his own political advantage decided it was a good thing.
So he slapped together a plan for three times as much solar as Measure B provided, and feigned objectivity as he ran all over town peddling his myth.
Now he wants to move forward as if the blank check for solar that voters denied him was sitting on his desk and ready to be squandered.
“This is not a time for finger-pointing,” he told the Times. “It is a time to
move forward. And as I said, this was not a vote against solar, nor was
it a vote against city-owned solar. The misgivings had to do with other
Far be it for me to suggest Nahai tells lies when he’s not flattering himself — I leave that to his staff — but the fact is that voters rejected the propoal for a DWP monopoly on solar. This is not your grandfather’s DWP when it was run by professionals instead of politicians and egotists like Nahai and greedy power-hungry union bosses like the IBEW’s Brian D’Arcy.
Unfortunately for Nahai, D’Arcy is the leading finger-pointer, blaming the DWP GM for Measure B’s defeat.
As the man who bankrolled Measure B with nearly $1 million of his union members’ money, D’Arcy seems to think Nahai is the perfect candidate for the role of fall guy.
He accused Nahai of placing too much
emphasis on feed-in tariffs, which would give the revenue from solar installations to the home and business owners who buy the units. D’Arcy’s problem with that is it would actually stimulate business, really create thousands of jobs and get a lot of skilled trades workers out of the unemployment line.
“He is not a friend of Measure B, and the department as it relates to Mr. Nahai was not a proponent of Measure B,” D’Arcy said.
There is some truth in what D’Arcy said for a change. The department was not a supporter of Measure B because it was a fraud that could never deliver on its promises and the department is not a friend of Nahai’s.
A man without a friend in Brian D’Arcy is a man without a friend in the mayor’s office. Perhaps the news of that will take that ingratiating grin off of Nahai’s face.