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Now Both Major Newspapers Are Editorializing Against Villaraigosa's Clean Energy Plan

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Once again, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's vision of a clean energy city is coming under fire. It's not the goal--have L.A. powered by 20% renewable energy by the end of 2010--it's the how you get there part, says the Los Angeles Times in an editorial today.

"There is a familiar and disturbing whiff of deception," the Times says about the proposed increased rates. "The plan throws in so many other objectives, spoken and unspoken -- paying for a jobs program, shoring up the DWP's credit rating, building new plants instead of buying available green energy, keeping money flowing from the utility to City Hall -- that ratepayers won't really know what their higher bills (with increases up to and perhaps exceeding 28%) are paying for."

And in true Villaraigosa fashion, the plan wasn't even available to the public on Tuesday, even though it will be voted on in a Thursday meeting, bemoaned the Times.

The Daily News also said no to the plan earlier this week.