A NOTE FROM COUNCILMAN GREIG SMITH ON THE L.A. SOLAR INITIATIVE
Despite what you may have heard in the media, the vote to place this item on the ballot was NOT an endorsement of the measure.
Since the vote to place Measure B on the ballot, new information came to light about a report that was withheld from Councilmembers which included an undisclosed financial analysis. This report contained information that differed greatly from the information that was presented to the Council during deliberations.
I have since learned from recent media reports that though the items were rushed through Council approvals, aspects of the solar plan were the subject of meetings as far back as a year ago. I was not invited to participate in nor made aware that these meetings were taking place.
It has since come to light that information was withheld about the financial cost to the ratepayers of the solar initiative that would have changed my decision to put the initiative before voters because I am committed to holding DWP's feet to the fire about not coming back for any more rate increases.
Ultimately, Los Angeles voters will decide the fate of Measure B. Now that I have copies of all of the reports and analysis, I wanted to make them available to you so that you can make your best informed decision.
Below are links to the following reports:
Original DWP Staff Report Presented to Rules & Elections Committee in Octpber 2008.
Huron Consulting Group Report
Report by PA Consulting from December 2008