Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This


Solar Power Initiative, Measure B, Officially Loses

Photo by Pink Dispatcher via Flickr
LAist relies on your reader support.
Your tax-deductible gift today powers our reporters and keeps us independent. We rely on you, our reader, not paywalls to stay funded because we believe important news and information should be freely accessible to all.

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."