ZD was wondering about the relationship between DWP President H.D. Nahai (candidate to replace Ron Deaton as DWP GM) -- and Villaraigosa advisor K
How many applicants are there, already?
Who are/were the final 3?
(How do we know there isn't anyone better for the job?)
The mayor can appoint whoever he/she thinks is the best for the GM job according to the Charter -- but there has to be a transparent and open selection process since we are a democracy and not a dictatorship.
Look for Nahai to pursue "cleaner" energy (expensive warm and fuzzy idea), higher rates, more money to environmental/energy companies/groups, and more money to the City's general fund.
(Remember the very profitable nonprofit affording housing scheme? I'm told it's just like that.)
Wonder how much Brackpool hangs out with Viagraosa and Nahai as homies? (Hope Nahai had fun with Antonio in Asia!) And what exactly IS the definition of "racketeering"?
So City Hall...have your spin-losers get ready to spin all of this...
WHAT TO WATCH FOR (Sheer speculation on ZD's part): Brackpool's company CADIZ has been planning a giant desert groundwater storage project with MWD earlier, but filed suit against MWD in 2005 for not going through with the project.
Did Brackpool's project ran into some environmental issues?
Naihai is going to help Brackpool spin and turn the project into an environmentally friendly project?
LADWP may be going around Metro Water Division (MWD) to do some water projects directly with Brackpool?
SPENDING ALERT: Nahai says "By incubating new green technologies, we're going to give birth to a whole new way of making money".
The whole new way of making money: set up "clean" energy sources on Brackpool's property, and sell them to LA DWP at higher rates?
And remember...alternative/clean energy is the more expensive alternative. (One of those "warm and fuzzy" nice things that we hope people will be willing to pay more for - cleaner energy/environment.)
Brackpool will make more money, LA DWP will make more money, and more money will be transferred to City's general fund?
A win-win situation for everyone involved in the racket. Maybe that is why they are in cahoots. (If the mayor and DWP President are out drinking and blabbing about the proposed DWP rate hike/general fund transfer together (off the clock/behind closed doors/at a bar) is that considered "racketeering"?
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