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Measure B, the Solar Power Initiative, Loses to Crowd of 200

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The most controversial initiative on the March 3rd ballot is Measure B, "which calls for unionized DWP workers to install solar panels on rooftops and parking lots across the city," as the LA Times once put it. Solar power, a definite good thing, is not all that it's cracked up to be, at least in this plan say opponents. At last night's packed Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council meeting of around 200 people, proponents from both sides of the issue were scheduled to speak. But the Yes on B side represented by James Unger, which is for all purposes is Mayor Villaraigosa and friends, did not show. The opposition, officially represented by City Attorney candidate Noel Weiss, gave their spiel and easily won over the crowd who booed and hissed at the mere mention of the yes side. Who knew the do gooding nature of solar power would turn into such a contemptuous subject?