Council gets 'secret' solar panel report
The analysis, given earlier to some officials, warns that the DWP underestimated the costs of Measure B.
By David Zahniser
December 20, 2008
One day after The Times revealed that Los Angeles officials had secretly received a report warning that a solar power plan on the March 3 ballot was "extremely risky," the official who secured the analysis delivered it to the City Council.
In envelopes stamped "confidential," Chief Legislative Analyst Gerry Miller, the council's top policy advisor, distributed a copy of a Nov. 4 memo he wrote to Council President Eric Garcetti listing 13 warnings about the solar plan.
The measure, which calls for putting solar panels on rooftops and parking lots across the city, had been strongly supported by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
Foes of the proposal, known as Measure B, have criticized Miller and Garcetti for not making the analysis public. Both men countered that the information was informal and, in some cases, inaccurate. (HOW DOES GARSHADY KNOW IT WAS INACCURATE? AND WHO LEFT IT UP TO HIM TO BE THE SOLE JUDGE? WHO DOES THIS GUY THINK HE IS? BOY, ERIC SURE LIKES TO SILENCE THINGS...MORE THAN YOU KNOW. BUT THAT'S WHAT MONEY IS FOR!)
Nine council members said Friday that they did not receive the Nov. 4 analysis before they agreed to put the solar measure on the ballot. The analysis, issued three days before the vote, warned that the Department of Water and Power had underestimated the cost of the program, lacked the ability to carry it out and could saddle ratepayers with higher electricity bills.
"I really wish that I would have had the information," said Councilman Herb Wesson. "Now I'm not suggesting that it would have changed my support, or my level of support, but an extra question or two may have popped in my mind." [WHAT KIND OF B.S. REPLY IS THAT, HERB? DON'T FEEL TOO GOOD ABOUT A COUNCIL MEMBER (ESPECIALLY ONE WITH YOUR VOTING RECORD AND PERFORMANCE AS HOUSING CHAIR) THAT SAYS THEY ARE NOT SUGGESTING THEY WOULD HAVE CHANGED THEIR SUPPORT AFTER READING THE REPORT! I BET EVERYONE IN YOUR DISTRICT SURE AS HELL HOPES YOU WOULD CHANGE YOUR SUPPORT AFTER READING SOMETHING LIKE THAT!
Why don't you go evict some elderly women out of some project you converted in violation of the Charter, Herb? You're some swell guy! You've done so much good as Housing Chair. A real champion! Now don't lose your temper, Herb, but would now be a good time to suggest you change your support after reading the report? (I'm almost starting to believe you are just some cold, heartless, politican who doesn't give a fuck about a gosh damn thing. It sure seems that way based on your jibber-jabber double-talk, as Housing Chair and Councilmember, Herb Wesson. And you know what...Zuma Dogg has had enough. See you in January!
You are charming and charasmatic as hell, in person, Councilmember Wesson.
But when I think about what you have done in Committee and Chambers, it makes me sick to my stomach. I think Herb Wesson is an evil, evil man in all reality. Just look around. But he is adorable as hell! (Like his Assembly pals Fabian Nunez and Antonio Villaragiosa. Herb will tell you what a great guy Nunez is, and how he came up through politics with those two. SO HOW GOOD CAN HERB BE?)
YOU BETTER GET WITH A REAL FUCKING HOUSING PROGRAM HERB! I AM NOT GOING TO REMAIN SILENT AT PUBLIC COMMENT OVER THIS SHIT ANYMORE! WE'RE TALKING "FRONT BURNER" LIKE THE DAYS WHEN ZUMA DOGG WAS BLASTING ABOUT CONDO-CONVERSIONS IN VIOLATION OF VACANCY RATES!!! HOW DID THAT GO FOR YOU, HERB?
MY NEW YEARS RESLOUTION IS TO KEEP YOU HONEST, HERB. NONE OF THIS DOUBLE-TALK, DO NOTHING, THEN STAB EM IN THE BACK HARD BULLSHIT! CAPISHE! YOU FUCKED UP THE WHOLE CITY WITH YOUR PAL ANTONIO! WE'RE GONNA PULL THE PLUG ON YOUR HERB! YOU ARE OVER IN MY BOOK.
READ MORE ABOUT HOW VILLARAIGOSA CONTINUES TO PUSH AROUND THOSE PUPPET-CLOWN COUNCIL MEMBERS INTO MORE STUFF LIKE THIS AND THINK THEY CAN GET AWAY WITH IT.
I think Villarigosa is going to end up being run out of town and forced to quickly hops on a plane to Dubai outta here.
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