Jimi Olsen 11:30 a.m., Jan. 17
Bill Would Remove Voter Consent Requirement From Establishment of "Infrastructure Financing Districts"
Proposed legislation from state Assembly member Ben Hueso regarding the establishment of renewable energy “infrastructure financing districts” is drawing fire from the Protect Our Communities Foundation, a group “dedicated to protecting San Diego County backcountry from ill-conceived energy development and promoting smart energy solutions for the region.”
Hueso’s Assembly Bill 2551, according to Around The Capitol, “would authorize a legislative body to establish an infrastructure financing district in a renewable energy zone area, as defined, for the purpose of promoting renewable energy projects.” It would further exempt the formation of such districts from the current requirement that 2/3 of registered voters within a proposed district give their consent.
Protect Our Communities likens the districts to “redevelopment agencies run by non-government non-profits,” which have drawn considerable criticism in recent months.
In a letter sent to state Senator Christine Kehoe and others urging them not to support the bill, Protect our Communities board member Bill Powers outlines additional reasons to block its passage.
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