Bizarre 3-3-5-9 Deadlocked Vote Preserves Fair and Open Bid Competition for Large California Power Plant

0 October 23, 2009  State & Local Construction, Transportation & Infrastructure

A popular political web site in California has posted a story by contributor Kevin Dayton about a bizarre vote in northern California on October 22 to reject a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) proposed to prevent California Unions for Reliable Energy (CURE) from blocking the approval of a power plant at the California Energy Commission.

In a 3-3 tie vote, with 5 abstentions and 9 absences, the Commission of the Northern California Power Agency (NCPA) voted to reject backroom deals pushed by NCPA Commission chairman and Lodi Mayor Larry Hansen.  The board rejected a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) and a 30-year Maintenance Labor Agreement (MLA) with state construction unions to build and maintain a proposed 255 MW power plant in Lodi, California.

These special interest handouts would have denied quality construction and fiscal accountability for ratepayers of 20 local governments in California by giving monopoly control of construction and future maintenance at the power plant to construction unions.

Read more at Bizarre Deadlocked Vote Preserves Open Bid Competition for California Power Plant.

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