UTILITIES SURVEY RESULTS
Although responses continue to come in, the preliminary results of my Utilities Survey follow below. Thank you to everyone who took time to respond and offer such thoughtful comments and suggestions. This confirms my belief that working together, the residents of Beverly Hills can find innovative solutions to any problem we confront as a community.
- 100% Utilities too high
- 70% Water rates are the worst offender
- 75% Utility providers need to be held accountable for infrastructure upgrades
- 70% Trash and Sewer fees are not fair
- 100% Would tolerate temporary inconvenience for infrastructure upgrades
"Looking at the emerging roof line of the new Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
should remind all of us that if we want lower utility rates and want to remain at the forefront as a 'green' city, every new commercial building in Beverly Hills needs to have an array of solar panels installed on its roof."
Woodrow W. Clark II, PhD, Nobel Prize Winner, 2007
"[There] needs to be better use of City ground water for outdoor usage that can be billed at a lesser rate. Trash and sewer fees need to be realigned and a more equitable plan implemented. One size does not fit all. Gas and electricity also need to be reviewed, although they pale compared to the water rates."
Elaine S. Glass
"We should pass through raises that the MWD levy on the city, but we shouldn't "mark up" these increases to make more money. My electricity rates have doubled over the years, yet I'm getting more service interruptions. Would you pay twice as much for a haircut if every ten visits they accidentally shaved you bald?"
"Currently trash and sewer fees are related to lot size, penalizing singles and couples who continue to live in their homes after the children have left."
"Regulate the heck out of the utility companies. 'Free-market competition' has only lead to price-rigging. I want to go back to the days that the government allowed the utility companies to make a good profit, not an obscene profit. One month's bill should never be nearly twice as much as last month's bill, even though the bill clearly shows that during this month less electricity was used than last month!"
Preliminary Results of Krasne Utilities Survey
"Your priorities will be my priorities if I am elected. Do you think our utility rates are too high? Should our utility providers be held accountable for upgrading our infrastructure? Please share your ideas and suggestions."
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