The Top 10 Reasons to Vote NO on Measure B

A wrong approach for starting solar use...there are better alternatives for taxpayers/homeowners

By Mario Mendez, LATCA
Published on LatinoLA: February 25, 2009

The Top 10 Reasons to Vote NO on Measure B

10) The success of Measure B depends on tax credits and depreciation schemes that were "listed" by the IRS on October of '08. In other words, the plan's success depends on "tax shelters" that are hardly attractive to billion dollar investors.

9) The number of DWP customers having their utilities disconnected for failure to pay is at an all-time high. These are tough times economically for everybody. Can we afford rate increases?

8) The DWP commissioned the Huron report, (favorable to Measure B) while dismissing the PA Consulting report (unfavorable to Measure B) all the while (The Commisioners) ignoring their own DWP report that supports the unfavorable findings of the PA Consulting report.

7) Suggestions that a multi-billion dollar program can be implemented with only a $1 a month impact on the average customer requires us to accept that the $20 million a year would somehow service the debt. This is simply bad math.

6) The DWP's most recent hiring authorization resulted in 1000 jobs of which 76% remain unfilled. If the DWP has so many open spots, why the suggestion that Measure B is necessary for the creation of good jobs? It appears they have difficulty filling the current openings.

5) With 5 other solar-certified unions standing by and ready to work, the exclusive relationship with one union hardly seems like the most cost effective approach to maintaining a competitive labor expense for the proposed plan.

4) Suggestions by DWP management that Measure B is necessary in order to lock in the plan through transitions in City leadership are contradicted by reality. Measure B actually allows the City Council to make revisions to the plan without coming back to the people of Los Angeles. City Charter be damned!

3) Measure B does absolutely nothing to replace any of the fossil fuel power generation plants now operating and any claims that Measure B will reduce the air pollution in Los Angeles are simply false.

2) 33 Neighborhood Councils stand in opposition to Measure B and are joined by the LA County Republicans, the Progressive Democrats, Chambers of Commerce, Unions, City Leadership and Political Candidates and our City's Watchdog, Controller Laura Chick who says "I will be voting NO on Measure B, because I think the entire process of how it ended up on the ballot stinks. I don't think it's been done in an open and understandable, much less thoughtful, way."

1) Measure B is a 3 Billion Dollar Boondoggle!
We stand committed to Solar energy and a renewables portfolio but we oppose Measure B. We invite you to visit our website, read the measure, look at both sides of the discussion and most of all, ask the hard questions. We're confident that you'll join us in voting NO on Measure B.

About Measure B

On Tuesday, March 3, 2009, qualified voters will take to the polls where they will have the opportunity to vote for the Mayor, the City Attorney, the City Controller and Councilmembers for Districts 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13 and 15. Also on the ballot will be five proposed measures referred to as Measures A, B, C, D, & E.

Measure B is positioned as the "Green Energy and Good Jobs for Los Angeles Program" but it falls far short of its promise to deliver Solar Energy to Los Angeles and, in fact, commits our city to a ill-conceived plan of dubious merit and minimal substance.

We believe in Solar Energy, we believe in responsible fiscal planning, we believe in accountable management and we are committed to transparency in government. It is because we are committed to the successful implementation of a renewable energy plan for Los Angeles that we stand in opposition to Measure B and we ask you to join us in voting No On Measure B. Because it is not that!

We encourage you to look at the proposed measure, the city-commissioned review of the measure, the testimony of the experts and the proposed alternatives. We urge you to invite speakers from both sides of the debate to present their positions at your neighborhood council, homeowners' association or community group.

Most of all, we urge you to partner with us in demanding that our leadership "operate under the principles of openness, transparency and of engaging citizens with their government."

Thank You for spending time to be updated. It is important for all citzens to be kept informed what is good and bad for us. Pay attention to what City Officials are doing to you tax you make you pay their high salaries, to make you suffer for their faults. Enough is enough! Stop the tax increases on us. Tax the rich!


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