Checks and Balances Project Demands Kern County Board of Supervisors Cure and Correct anti-PACE Program Vote

July 18, 2017 by Karl Olson via checksandbalancesproject.org

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Checks and Balances Project Demands Kern County Board of Supervisors Cure and Correct anti-PACE Program Vote

July 18, 2017 by Karl Olson via checksandbalancesproject.org

Checks and Balances Project (C&BP), an investigative watchdog blog, yesterday demanded answers to possible illegal contact by members of the Kern County Board of Supervisors with the realtor’s lobby before the Board killed a popular program that homeowners use to finance energy efficiency, renewable energy and seismic improvements.

On July 11, the Board banned homeowners from using the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program. C&BP’s action comes a day before a scheduled July 19 vote of the Bakersfield, CA City Council to determine PACE’s future within city limits.

However, an internal document written by Bakersfield Association of Realtors‘ Government Affairs Director Kim Schaefer provides evidence that the Realtors worked behind the scenes months ago to secure the votes of local lawmakers to kill the homeowners’ program, which violates the Ralph M. Brown Act, California’s open meetings law.”

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