The council has ignored every opportunity to say "no" to deregulation.
The current position is to neither endorse nor decide against open
access, thereby leaving the door open to a future decision to grant open
access and destroy our utility and our lower electric rates.
Having seen this same group in action on the airport expansion, is it
a wonder that some of us are less than reassured?
In any event, Burbank is at the moment contemplating a rate increase.
Further, it is pure fantasy to suppose that local rate payers will
escape paying for any state bailout of the private utilities.
So with or without open access, expect your rates and taxes to go up
astronomically. This isn't even considering the increased cost of
unregulated natural gas to operate our generators.
Meanwhile, every time the rates shoot up, the general fund reaps a
windfall, because the utilities user tax goes up -- not because of any
additional service provided, but because the UUT is based on the total
The city would have capped that tax long ago, except for the greed of
City Manager Bud Ovrom.
Utility deregulation was a terrible idea when first proposed and now
seriously threatens the state's economy and ratepayer's budgets.
With the council's do-nothing posture, it will continue to haunt us
until our local heroes take a principled stand and say no to open access.
Just as Golonski, Murphy and Wiggins did before they announced the
fatally flawed framework for settlement, they are dissembling again at
reelection time. That kind of willful deceit certainly should disqualify
Golonski and Murphy for another term in office.
How can we trust anything they tell us?
TED McCONKEY is a former Burbank councilman and is co-founder of
Restore Our Airport Rights.