Los Angeles Community Coalition Advocates for Good Jobs, Customer Utility Savings and Clean Energy

RePower LA Seeks Community Input on Expanded Energy Efficiency Program Through Regional Town Halls

LOS ANGELES, CA. – Nov. 3, 2011 – RePower LA – a new broad-based coalition of Los Angeles community organizations, environmentalists, labor, small businesses and faith-based leaders advocating for an expanded energy efficiency program to save Angelenos money on their energy bills, reduce our dependency on dirty coal, and create local, career-path jobs for LA’s hardest-hit areas – is hosting town halls across Los Angeles in November and December.

The town halls will draw crowds of residents, small business owners, elected officials and other community stakeholders to talk about RePower’s proposed solutions to put Angelenos back to work and turn the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) into a greener, more modern utility.

During the town halls, attendees will hear from RePower LA Director Jessica Goodheart about the current problems facing LADWP’s energy use and its aging workforce. She’ll share RePower’s vision and proposed solutions to move LA toward a clean energy future while creating jobs for LA’s hardest-hit communities. Other speakers will include representatives from the Sierra Club, current LADWP/IBEW Local 18 Utility Pre-Craft Trainees, Neighborhood Council Representatives and other community group representatives.

“The town halls represent the broad coalition of community members coming together who want to see real change in the way Angelenos use energy,” says Kokayi Kwa Jitahidi, RePower LA organizer. “The people at these events will represent the job seekers, residents, small business owners, environmental and faith leaders who will see the benefits of an expanded energy efficiency program. Because the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is the largest municipality-owned utility in the Country, it can serve as a model bringing an energy efficiency program to scale that focuses on greening an entire City, saving customers money on their utility bills and focusing on local jobs.”

“Through my involvement in Pacoima Beautiful’s Summer Institute, I’ve learned various measures to use water and energy more efficiently. I think it’s crucial for a city the size of Los Angeles to focus on better ways to use energy and do the right thing for our environment,” says David Rodriguez, Youth Member, Pacoima Beautiful

The town halls represent a series of meetings and convenings focused on bringing community together as part of RePower’s plan to gather input and educate the community on the need to create good jobs for Angelenos while also saving customers money on their bills, and getting Los Angeles off coal.

The town halls are open to the public and will provide an opportunity for question and answer.

West LA Town Hall
When: Thursday, November 3, 2011
6-8 p.m.
Where: Iman Center, 3376 Motor Ave. Los Angeles, CA
Who: Presenters and Panelists Include: Rick Solis, Venice Community Housing Corporation; Jessica Goodheart, RePower LA Director; Gus Carona (Senior Assistant Business Manager), Saul Felomino (UPCT), IBEW Local 18; Eli Lipmen, Board Member Palms Neighborhood Council; Kathy Seal Sierra Club Member; Oscar Hernandez, Venice YouthBuild Member; Jessica Melton, Venice YouthBuild Member.

San Fernando Valley
When: Saturday, November 5, 2011
10 a.m. – noon
Where: Pacoima Community Center, 11243 Glenoaks Boulevard, Pacoima, CA 91331
Who: Presenters and Panelists Include: Aura Vasquez, Sierra Club; Jessica Goodheart, RePower LA Director; ICON Community Development Corporation; Jameel Sutton, Steve Mata, LADWP/IBEW Local 18 Utility Pre-Craft Trainee; Rosemary Jenkins, Board Member Sylmar Neighborhood Council; David Rodriguez, Pacoima Beautiful Youth Member; Kent Minault, Sierra Club Member; Shawn McCloud, Assistant Business Manager, IBEW Local 18.

South LA
When: Thursday, November 10, 2011
6-8 p.m.
Where: Juanita Tate Elementary School, 123 W. 59th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90003
Who: Presenters and Panelists Include: Lizette Hernandez-Moore, Director Policy, Research & Innovation CD Tech; Jessica Goodheart, RePower LA Director; LADWP/IBEW Local 18 Utility Pre-Craft Trainee; Noreen McClendon, Executive Director Concerned Citizens of South Central Los Angeles, Fanya Baruti, All of Us or None; CD Tech Youth Member; Edward Lee, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.