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February 27, 2009

Assembly Candidate Lindblad urges a No Vote on LA Charter Amendment B

By Jack Lindblad

Assembly Green Candidate Jack Lindblad was not surprised to see that his Assembly seat opponent, the current office holder, and other state legislators siding with Mayor Villaraigosa and the Los Angeles City Council - bought and sold by the Department of Water and Power union, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 18, one of Measure B's largest contributors. Lindblad urges a No Vote on Charter Amendment B


Los Angeles, California - February 27, 2009 - 39th Assembly Green Candidate Jack Lindblad was not surprised to see that his Assembly seat opponent and other state legislators siding with Mayor Villaraigosa and the Los Angeles City Council - bought and sold by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) union, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 18 (IBEW), one of Measure B's largest campaign contributors.

Measure B is an excessively costly and ill-conceived proposal that was placed on the ballot without engaging neighborhood councils, without any substantial input from official city agencies, municipal utilities, community groups, trade organizations, or citizens. A cost estimate of the program was not made and no engineering and operational studies were sought from LADWP.

Lindblad's endorsement for a No vote on Measure B joins a growing number of Measure B opposition groups and officeholders to declare there is a better way to produce more solar power, at a lower cost and using better, more current technology. If allowed to pass, it would benefit few regional industries and all work will be done by LADWP without competitive bidding, and skilled union members other than those members of the IBEW, who are employed by LADWP will be locked out. Instead of asking voters to approve a plan whose details are unknown, LADWP should design a plan with the public's involvement and present it to the City Council for the enactment of an ordinance.

The 400 megawatts of solar power (produced only when the sun shines) from Proposition B would only provide a yearly projected Increase of the total Electric demand for overbuilding and perhaps enough to supply the controversial LED billboards in Los Angeles - accounting for less than 3% of the overall City Electric needs.

Charter Amendment B has all the earmarks of back-room deal, originating from the LADWP union, the IBEW.

With the LADWP's recent legislative attempt to raid SB 1's funds, which was developed under the California Solar Initiative, a program that provides rebates for customers who install solar systems on their roofs and reduce their electricity bills -- to use the money for utility-owned wholesale power generation, the LADWP has shown their position disallowing customers from selling excess electric generation back into the grid.

A recent Los Angeles Times article cited that the LADWP does not allow its customers to purchase solar electricity from third-party solar developers, a widely adopted state program  that allows schools and businesses to harness tax credits and hedge against future utility rate increases.

The Los Angeles Times wrote: "The proposed charter amendment and ordinance proposition is less about solar energy than it is a grab for political power."

Mayor Villaraigosa, in his support of the current effort to consolidate political power around renewable energy echos his failed initiative to exert the political power of his office over the Los Angeles Unified School District.

In underwriting Charter Amendment and Ordinance Proposition B, the current 39th Assembly Democrat officeholder Fuentes has revisited his ill-fated attempt to pass AB 212 that would have limited L.A.'s zoning ability to control land use, sponsored by a developer whose Tujunga project would have benefited from the legislation - after making a campaign contribution to actually craft the bill.

Seeing the lack of urgency required of political leadership,
Mr. Lindblad ran for the 39th Assembly seat in 2008 with hope to help steer our wasteful, consumptive society away from the brink of unstoppable ecological catastrophe toward a sustainable, green economy - that both Democrats and Republicans fail to seriously address.

Green Party Candidate Lindblad grounded his campaign on the imperative to transition to a carbon-neutral, renewable energy, green jobs economy based on grass-roots democracy, relocalization, accountability in government, and watershed revitalization.

"Defeat of this green-washed, wrong-headed, top-down, anti-union, payola underwritten Proposition does not stop solar development within the City of Los Angeles. Measure B will be defeated and then we will make a real plan for clean energy and clean government, with a place for all Stakeholders at the table to refine it and move swiftly ahead," says Green Party Candidate for 39th California Assembly District, Jack Lindblad.

Charter Amendment and Ordinance Proposition B fails on the Green Party Ten Key Values for violations of Social Justice concerns, for shortcomings in Ecological Wisdom, of the absence of Grassroots Democracy, for the imposition of a centralized framework over Decentralization, of closed-bid rather than Community-Based Economics, for pitting union against union, instead of Respect for Diversity, for cronyism over Personal and Global Responsibility, and for missing Future Focus/Sustainability.

The Green Party of Los Angeles County Council has gone on record as opposing the Los Angeles City Ballot Measure B: Solar Energy and Job Creation Program. Measure B appears on the March 3, 2009 City of Los Angeles Primary Nominating and Consolidated Elections Ballot.

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An architect by education and profession, Jack Lindblad is running to win California's 18th Senate District seat in 2014, having vied for the 39th Assembly District seat in 2012, following back-to-back contests and one-on-one rematch with the incumbent, earning 21.6% of the vote in 2010 (tripling the 2008 showing), tops for alternative parties.

Lindblad is poised to place in the top two positions in the June Top-Two election.

Lindblad was the only Green candidate on the ballot for California Legislative office in 2008 and won among the highest showings for third parties, and lives in the San Fernando Valley.

He anchors his award-winning sustainable urban design and architecture practice with a healthcare facility emphasis in the San Fernando Valley.

His work is recognized for excellence and innovation. Lindblad campaigns on a Green-values platform for more parks, for a carbon-neutral, relocalized, 100% renewable energy, steady state economy basing development on bio-regional determinism, not developers.

Lindblad will advance the green 10 Key Values' moral imperatives in California's Legislature to balance the budget, effect prison reform, manage multiple collapses, mitigate and adapt to ecological collapse's worst catastrophes.

A member of Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley Livable Communities Council and various Neighborhood Councils, he has supported community grass-root efforts, helped form neighborhood councils, co-author a sustainable community plan to revitalize the Panorama City commercial area, advocating District-wide multimodal rapid transit, stopping gentrification, living wage, revitalizing the Tujunga-Pacoima Watershed, assisting in the 'No on B' win to provide unfettered solar power to stakeholders and assisting in the successful effort keeping the foothill and upper watershed communities in one city council district.

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