Voter exclusion

first_imgWhy? Because the election is fixed. It doesn’t matter if you vote; the politicians have already decided the outcome. The actual election is a mere formality. Fuentes, also a former deputy mayor of James Hahn, became the presumptive assemblyman the moment he withdrew his candidacy to succeed Padilla on the City Council, clearing the way for Alarc n. Alarc n, who already won two terms on the City Council before going to the state Senate – a seat Padilla now holds – won the Assembly spot on the same day as city Measure R passed, giving council members a third term. L.A.’s incestuous and corrupt political system deliberately thwarts the voting process by anointing candidates and pressuring everyone to fall into line. It must be stopped. But, perversely, the only way to do that is for voters to vote in all races, every time. That’s right, it’s a vicious circle, and it’s why the politicians do their best to keep you apathetic.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! EVERY election, we urge people to exercise their democratic right by voting. Since bigger voter turnout breeds more competitive races, it would serve Californians well to use their one vote – no matter how useless it might seem at the time. But it gets harder and harder to beseech voters to shake off their apathy, get off the couch and get to the polls – particularly in races where the outcome has already been decided by the political power brokers. And the special election in May for the northeast San Fernando Valley Assembly seat held briefly by L.A. Councilman Richard Alarc n is a case in point. It won’t matter whether five or 150,000 people vote in that election. Felipe Fuentes, the former chief of staff to former L.A. City Councilman Alex Padilla (whose seat Alarc n now holds), is going to win. last_img read more

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Public Service Commission Approves Solar Project at Georgia Marine Corps Base

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Georgia Public Service Commission this week approved the construction of a 46-megawatt solar plant at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, marking the fifth Georgia military installation slated to host a new solar farm.The Marine Corps is still negotiating a final deal with Georgia Power, which will construct the facility at the southwestern Georgia installation and distribute the power generated to its customers, reported the Albany Herald.Contracts for solar facilities at Forts Gordon, Stewart and Benning, and Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay have already been approved. Georgia Power will construct all of those projects. The Marine Corps plant will be completed by the end of 2016 and have a 35-year life, commission officials said.The project will further the Marine Corps’ goals for shifting to renewable energy sources and improving energy security. It also could improve the base’s standing in a future BRAC round, according to Commissioner Doug Everett. “We hope these projects at our Georgia military bases will also offset any future plans for base closures,” Everett said.With recent drops in the cost of building solar facilities, Georgia Power was able to meet the commission’s requirement that the cost of new energy plants not exceed the utility’s avoided costs, according to the story.“The commission is proud to be able to play a role in improving national security, increasing energy independence and supporting our Georgia bases,” said Commission Chairman Chuck Eaton.last_img read more

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