DWP solar plan was rushed to ballot despite months-earlier talks

Tue, Feb 3 2009 — Source: Los Angeles Times
Three months ago, Los Angeles’ plan for a $3-billion solar energy installation seemed like it had come out of nowhere, with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and seven City Council members saying they needed to act quickly to get it on the March 3 ballot.

With events moving so rapidly, Department of Water and Power General Manager H. David Nahai told the council that he couldn’t give voters a financial analysis of the plan — including its effect on electricity rates — until this month, four weeks before the election.