Friday, January 2, 2009

A MESSAGE FROM RON KAYE Regarding This Saturday (Solar Measure B)


I'm sure everyone knows about the lawsuit against the "Solar 8" over the Prop. B ballot arguments. I'll be talking about the measure and the legal issues to the L.A. Neighborhood Council Coalition meeting on Saturday at the Hollywood City Hall, 6501 Fountain Ave. and those who are interested in being involved can hang out after the LANCC  for an informal meeting of the Saving L.A. Project to discuss strategy for the March 3 election.

This is a great opportunity for us to help make a difference. The way City Hall is treating the community has reached a level of arrogance that is bringing people together from all over the city to work for change.

The LANCC meetings starts at 10 a.m. and I'm supposed to speak along with others about 12:30 p.m. so we should be able to hold our meeting about 2 p.m. or so. It's really just to bat ideas around about strategy and tactics and organizing various groups to get involved.

I've been writing a lot about the solar issue on my blog if you want to read in: 

Many of the court documents and other material are available in those articles.

We're going to need to raise funds for the legal case and the campaign. The DWP Committee led by Soledad Garcia has set up a bank account to receive donations and the money is being handled by SLAP President Heinrich Keifer.

Send checks to "DWP Committee for advocacy," c/o of Secretary/ Treasurer Heinrich Keifer, 5669 York Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90042

Thanks to the commitment to the community of mayoral candidate David Hernandez who pledged $1,000 and City Controller candidate Nick Patsaouras who pledged $500, we are off to a good start. All donations are welcome and most importantly help get the word out to other groups you're involved with.

This solar plan is a fraud. It's not about bringing solar energy to L.A., which gets less than 1 percent of its electricity from the sun because the DWP and its union, the IBEW Local 18, have blocked development of solar energy. Prop. B is nothing but a payoff to the union so we can move forward with green power -- something we all want to see -- but the cost is too high and there's utterly no planning or studies to justify.

Even beyond that, the process of rushing this measure through the City Council in just three week with little or no serious public discussion, excluding Neighborhood Councils and the DWP Commission and keeping critical information secret says a lot about just how bad this measure is.

We owe a huge debt of gratitude to City Attorney candidate Noel Weiss for stepping forward last Saturday to give us legal help in responding to the lawsuit.

Happy New Year to everyone, it's going to be an exciting roller-coaster ride.

Best, Ron

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