Desert Communities Stand Against Mayor Villaraigosa & DWP
90 miles east of Los Angeles sits this billboard telling Mayor Villaraigosa to cut it out. But why do people far away from LA care? It's the controversial Green Path Power Project, a plan that would bring geothermal, solar, wind and other renewable energy from the Salton Sea area of Imperial Valley to Los Angeles via a new yet-to-built electrical transmission line. As usual with these issues, it's not that green energy is a bad thing, it's how it will be done and what effects it has on the communities the energy is passing through. For Los Angeles to be green from this project, you have to build miles and miles of power lines through a sensitive desert eco-system. Of the routes proposed over the past few years, lines could go through Joshua Tree National Park, Big Morongo Canyon Preserve Area, Pioneertown Mountains Preserve and undeveloped natural areas on public lands.