First, the discussion about the charging stations, all detailed in Planning and Development item 10 A:
|10.||PLANNING AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT|
Electric vehicles! Really? $491k for electric vehicle charging these vehicles? How many are there in the city? Is there any viable interest in investing in this stuff? The money comes from grants, but what cost will the city bear in the long run for these charging stations?
10A. Community Development - Award contract for the development of publicly accessible electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Expenditure: $491,624.
Recommendation of the Community Development Director that City Council award a contract to ChargePoint, Incorporated of Campbell, CA for $468,213 with a 5% project contingency of $23,411 to provide, manage and maintain publicly accessible electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the City of Torrance (RFP B2014-30).10A - STAFF REPORT (64 pages of data!)
Why is the city investing in the electric cars? Where will these stations appear? What is the value of implementing these programs, as gas prices are plummeting and even the most ardent of electric car adherents still struggle with getting adequate mileage out of the vehicles? Besides, what about the long-term damage which these vehicles pose through their ongoing use of electricity, which is generated by. . .coal!
Electric cars and electric power for automobiles are driving up the costs of electricity and not helping with pollution.
I would like the city to reject Item 10A.
|Electric Cars in Torrance?|
Then there's the Community Choice Aggregation:
|12B.||City Manager - Adopt RESOLUTION to support study of feasibility study of Community Choice Aggregation.|
|Recommendation of the City Manager that City Council adopt a RESOLUTION to participate in a non-binding study of feasibility of Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) for the City of Torrance.|
What is Community Choice Aggregation, anyway?
Community choice aggregation (CCA) is a state policy that enables local governments to aggregate electricity demand within their jurisdictions in order to procure alternative energy supplies while maintaining the existing electricity provider for transmission and distribution services.
There is a disturbing element of power-grab and limitation of local authority in this proposal:
|One Design of CCA|
How many cities have rejected this proposal? According to one source, two South Bay cities turned down exploring CCA because it would be too expensive.
The San Diego Union-Tribune offered the following: