Kern County officials kill PACE and deny Brown Act violation claims

July 11, 2017 by James Burger via bakersfield.com

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Kern County officials kill PACE and deny Brown Act violation claims

July 11, 2017 by James Burger via bakersfield.com

“Kern County supervisors voted Tuesday to terminate the Property Assessed Clean Energy program in unincorporated Kern County. Local contractors and companies that administer the clean energy improvement financing program questioned whether supervisors had promised local realtors that they would kill PACE months before the issue ever came to a public vote.

Jim Whittington, of Whittington Solar in Bakersfield, asked why a representative of the Bakersfield Association of Realtors wrote in a December 2016 grant application for funds to fight PACE that she had met with local elected officials who were willing to “commit the votes” needed to end PACE here.”

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