Solar Power Initiative, Measure B, Officially Loses
The final vote count is over and the controversial measure B lost by 2,644 votes. By the morning after the March 3rd election, it was too close to tell with 45,000 more ballots to count. Two weeks later, the count was still close with 50.5% opposing, 49.5% in favor
"The defeat dealt a blow to the hopes of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who had spent $145,000 from a campaign committee on behalf of the measure and appeared in a blitz of television commercials promoting it," the LA Times said. "But it also was a setback for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, whose top officials had proposed Measure B."
For former Editor of the Daily News, Ron Kaye, Measure B was not about solar, something he agrees is a very good thing. "It was an election about back room deals, about the DWP monopoly and whether it serves the public interest or private interests."