I woke up at 4 a.m. after four hours of sleep and couldn’t believe my eyes when I refreshed the election results and saw to my amazement that Measure B had lost.
Three months ago we knew it would take a miracle to defeat what was nothing but a scam for City Hall to get its hands on billions of dollars of our money in the name of something everyone wants, has wanted for years, solar energy.
Well, we got our miracle. Measure B lost.
I know it’s just 1,322 votes and there’s still thousands of absentees and provisionals to be counted A 50-50 split in the vote is not a mandate to perpetuate the DWP/IBEW
monopoly that has failed us.
It never should have come to this. Measure B was a loser when the City Council put it on the ballot
back on Nov. 7 without having a clue about what they were doing except
that they were told to vote for it unanimously or else. We didn’t need a ballot measure to do it.
We just needed, need, the political will.
The election results are a repudiation of City Hall’s failure, proof
positive that the people are waking up and demanding full
participation, complete transparency and honesty, an end to machine
politics that tramples on their interests and destroys their quality of
They argued throughout the campaign that we waited 10 years for solar energy and we can’t wait any longer. I agree.
That’s why we’ll be at City Hall this morning at 9:30 a.m. to talk about what we’ve been saying every day for months.
Let’s all come together — Neighborhood Councils and other community groups, environmentalists, the solar industry, the unions, the business community, the DWP and the experts — and go to work figuring out how we really get solar energy now, how we really get thousands of new jobs, attract the solar industry to set up shop here, how we get the most clean energy for our money.
That’s what we all want, have wanted. The question is whether the mayor who got just 55 percent of the vote has learned anything, whether he’s prepared to start respecting the people of the city and providing the leadership they want instead of pandering to special interests and putting his politics ahead of public policy.
This is the end of the political machine he was trying to build, a
warning to the City Council to do what’s right, a demand that they put
special interests like IBEW union boss Brian D’Arcy in their place
instead of taking orders from them.
D’Arcy, in his arrogance, prematurely exclaimed last night that this dirty deal he put together had won
“The real winners today are the citizens and ratepayers of Los Angeles.
They have voted to continue Los Angeles’ long tradition of a publicly owned
utility, which generates its own power,” he said.
“They (voters) recognize that our publicly owned utility provides safe and
reliable power at the lowest rates in the region. And the
voters have sent a message that they want their utility to switch to renewable
and clean solar energy. This plan will also create a chance for a good, family-
supporting career powering our city and cleaning our air.”
I don’t expect D’Arcy to have some kind of catharsis but I do expect the city’s leadership to heed this wakeup call.
have bankrupted the city, sqeezed every cent they could out of our
pockets and made our problems worse. They may have won re-election with
all that special interest money but people all over the city have
started to get organized, business and labor have come together,
Republicans, Democrats, Greens and Libertarians have joined in.
could start the new era of LA today or we can fight about it. But the
trend is clear. The political machine has crashed and the people are
taking back the city.