Category Archives: Solar Energy

Killing Solar Energy Hopes for LA — The Battle to Reform the DWP

The problem seriously ignorant people like Tom LaBonge often have is they think everyone is as uninformed and ill-informed as they are and that no one is smart enough to understand what they’re really saying in their torrent of mostly … Continue reading

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Killing Solar Energy Hopes for LA — The Battle to Reform the DWP

The problem seriously ignorant people like Tom LaBonge often have is they think everyone is as uninformed and ill-informed as they are and that no one is smart enough to understand what they’re really saying in their torrent of mostly … Continue reading

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No Sympathy for the Devil: Mayor’s Pal Ari Swiller Snookered DWP But Country Folk Fight Him

Even the best laid plans of heavyweight City Hall insiders like Ira Swiller can sometimes go awry. Swiller — a green energy profiteer who parlayed his connections to billionaire Ron Burkle, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and two-time DWP General Manager David … Continue reading

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Antonio’s Job Creation Plan: DWP as the Economic Engine to Subsidize Development, New Business

made last Tuesday and hardly anybody noticed, which was City Hall’s goal. Having fiddled the last three years while a couple of hundred thousand people lost their jobs and city treasury fell deep in the red, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in … Continue reading

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Drowning Under the Weight of DWP’s Troubles

Poor David Freeman, here he is rich enough to enjoy a luxurious retirement at the ripe old age of 83, and renowned enough to bask in the glow of his achievements. Yet he’s taken on the dirtiest job in town … Continue reading

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Measure B All Over Again — But This Time You Won’t Get to Vote

An aging pipe burst and water gushed down Coldwater Canyon, causing disruption for a week as city officials demanded answers from Department of Water and Power officials to assuage angry residents. “We have an aging infrastructure–the pipes underground are not … Continue reading

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DWP’s Week That Was — Burst Water Mains, Blank Checks and Measure B Revisited

Sometimes, the threads of the news come together so elegantly you’d think there was an invisible hand at work making sense of it all. At least that’s my experience from time to time over the years.Take the fact that last … Continue reading

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Measure B By Any Other Name Is Still a Blank Check for Defrauding the Public

There’s a fundamental difference between a publicly-owned utility like Southern California Edison and a municipally-owned utility like the LA Department of Water and Power. You can guess which utility is more open about what’s doing, more accountable to the public … Continue reading

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Selling LA: The Pitchman, The Promotion and The Profiteering

What’s happening to LA is a crime but don’t count on anybody go to jail. The game is fixed. The street furniture deal is one of the scandals that goes back a few years when they let a greedy private … Continue reading

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The Green Machine That Ate LA — DWP Goes Solar Without Sunlight

Time’s up for the DWP to lay out in detail with cost estimates, timetables and implementation strategy its proposal to make LA the greenest city in the nation. Or at least the deadline would have arrived if voters had not … Continue reading

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