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

LOS ANGELES, CA. – Jan. 17, 2012 – 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 millions of dollars on their energy bills, reduce our dependency on dirty coal, and create thousands of local, career-path jobs for LA’s hardest-hit areas – is hosting its last town hall in East LA on January 19, 2012 (events were previously held in West LA, the San Fernando Valley and South LA).

The town hall 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 hall, 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 Isela Gracian, associate director, East LA Community Corporation; Robert Zardeneta, executive director, La Causa; Ruby Rivera, Legacy LA; Miguel Luna, Urban Semillas; Shawn McCloud, IBEW Local 18; 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 municipally-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.”

The town halls (which were also held in West LA, San Fernando Valley, and South LA) 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.

East LA Town Hall

When: Thursday, January 19, 2012
6-8 p.m.

Where: Legacy LA, 1350 San Pablo Street, Los Angeles, 90033

Who: Presenters and Panelists Include: Jessica Goodheart, RePower LA Director; Isela Gracian, East LA Community Corporation; Robert Zardeneta, La Causa; Ruby Rivera, Legacy LA; Miguel Luna, Urban Semillas; Shawn McCloud, IBEW Local 18; current LADWP/IBEW Local 18 Utility Pre-Craft Trainees; Neighborhood Council Representatives and other community group representatives.

Public figures and elected officials:

  • City Council Reps from CD 1 and CD 14
  • Ron Nichols, General Manager Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
  • Romel Pascual, Deputy Mayor of Environment for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
  • Jonathan Parfrey, Commissioner Los Angeles Department of Water and Power