Last night the City of West Hollywood joined Torrance and Santa Monica in asking City Staff to review and report back on our South Bay Clean Power Business Plan and draft Joint Powers Authority agreement. The City wisely agreed to keep their CCA options open with both the County of Los Angeles effort and our own. We expect all South Bay Clean Power cities to do likewise in the coming 30 days.
Here’s our West Hollywood CCA champion, Councilmember Lindsey Horvath and her comments last night before the unanimous vote to approve:
Innovative Distributed Energy Resource Model Presented
This was the week that was for Community Choice Aggregation programs state wide and it all began on the first day of the week right here in Los Angeles County, in the City of Manhattan Beach.
Elected representatives and staff members from 12 of the South Bay and West Side Cities who had passed resolutions to participate in a CCA feasibility study met for the first time last Monday afternoon to evaluate their embarrassment of riches when it comes to Community Choice Aggregation program options. 30 people gathered at the Police Community Room with a half dozen more participating remotely on-line and on-the phone.
Mayor, Hany Fangary, of Hermosa beach, the first city to pass the resolution in September of 2014, and Mayor, Tom Clarke, of Culver City, the 13th City to pass the same resolution a year later in September of 2015, were both part of our Update to the Cities along with Mayor Pro Tem, David Lesser, of the meeting’s host city, Manhattan Beach. Torrance City Councilmember, Tim Goodrich; Redondo Beach City Councilmember, Christian Horvath; and Culver City Councilmember, Meghan Sahli-Wells were also active participants.
Thanks to the efforts of Lomita City Manager, Michael Rock, the City of Lomita has now become the ninth city to unanimously pass the resolution to participate in a Community Choice Power feasibility study. Rock, the former City Manager of Fairfax, California in Marin County, was there when Marin launched its successful Marin Clean Energy program in 2010. His experience and expertise with Community Choice makes him a valuable subject matter expert on the subject.
We met with each member of the Lomita City Council – Mayor Henry Sanchez, Jr., Council member James Gazeley, Council member Mark Waronek, Council member Michael Savidan and Council member Ben Traina, as well as Assistant City Manager, Gary Sugano and Public Works Tom Shahbazi to brief them on our South Bay Clean Power efforts and answer their questions.
The other eight cities which have passed the feasibility study resolutions are Torrance, Carson, Redondo Beach, Santa Monica, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Beverly Hills and Palos Verdes Estates.
Today in the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Board Hearing Room 381B after both 4th District Supervisor Don Knabe and 3rd District Supervisor Sheila Kuehl both spoke glowingly about the prospects of Community Choice Aggregation and the need for L.A. County to explore its CCA options, the Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to pass a motion approving the first steps to do so.
We want to thank all five members of the BOS, including Mayor Michael Antonovich, 2nd District Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and 1st District Supervisor Hilda Solis for their yes votes in favor of the motion.
And we’re also deeply appreciative of the efforts of Howard Choy, General Manager of the Office of Sustainability for the County of Los Angeles for all his support, vision and encouragement.
But for those of us who live in District 4 and District 3 and who have been working for many months to bring the Community Choice Power option to our communities today was a day to be especially proud of our representatives.
Here at the Redondo Beach City Council chamber we just witnessed the 5-0 unanimous vote to pass the a resolution to participate in a Community Choice Aggregation feasibility study, joining Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach. We appreciated the opportunity Councilmember Bill Brand gave us to explain the program.