• December 8, 2022
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OC Power Authority

Electric

Power Authority Postpones Closed Session on Fate of CEO; Responds to Grand Jury Report and Audit Demand

Embattled CEO Brian Probolsky dodged another bullet at the September 6, 2022, meeting of the Orange County Power Authority (OCPA) Board of Directors. On the advice of legal counsel, the Board removed a closed session from its agenda, which could have resulted in Probolsky’s termination and replacement. The original agenda had listed three items to […]

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OCPA

Summary of Orange County Power Authority Agenda for September 6, 2022

Look at some highlights from the 145-page Orange County Power Authority Agenda published on Friday, just before the holiday weekend. This agenda is packed with important items. Closed Session: Item 2 – Public Employee Discipline/Dismissal/Release Item 3 – Public Employee Appointment Regular Business: Item 8.5 (p.25) – A Resolution of The Board of Directors of […]

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OCPA

OC Power Authority Ignores OC Grand Jury Report

The Orange County Grand Jury (OCGJ) released a report on the Orange County Power Authority (OCPA) last month. The report was titled, “Orange County Power Authority, Come Clean.” One of the findings related to issues of the OCPA not reporting public comments accurately in the minutes: “In a detailed review of the OCPA Board minutes, […]

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OCPA to Vote on Changing Leadership; Participating Cities Continue Probe

Orange County’s beleaguered clean energy agency, which was widely condemned in an OC Grand Jury (OCGJ) Report last week for hiring unqualified leadership and a cascade of other related failures, could clean house on Wednesday, June 29, 2022. Given the recent findings of the Grand Jury Report, some speculate the employees at issue are CEO […]

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OCPA Plans 5.5% Rate Increase

News of a potential change in leadership at the Irvine-led OC Power Authority (OCPA) this week comes as OCPA has also disclosed a 5.5% rate increase that will take effect in July 2023 due to requirements in its credit agreement.  Activists warned about the risk of future rate increases due to terms in its credit […]

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Censorship

Pattern of Censorship at Irvine City Council and OCPA [Opinion]

There has been a pattern of censorship that has occurred under the direction of Councilmember Mike Carroll at the Irvine City Council and Orange County Power Authority (OCPA).  This article documents recent events.  At the May 3, 2022 Orange County Power Authority (OCPA) meeting, an incident occurred that was similar to events that happened at […]

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OCPA

OC Grand Jury Report: Orange County Power Authority Come Clean

The Orange County Grand Jury has released a report on the Orange County Power Authority. Here are key excerpts: As of early April 2022, past the start date for commercial customers, neither the OCPA notices that were required to be mailed to customers, nor the OCPA website, contained any direct mention of the increased charges […]

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Notable City Council and Great Park Board Agenda Items for June 28, 2022

City Council Special Meeting – 2:00 PM Agenda Item 1.1 – Status Update re: Orange County Power Authority Great Park Board Regular Meeting – 3:00 PM Agenda Item 1.2 – Project Development Progress Report City Council Regular Meeting – 4:00 PM Agenda Item 1.1 – Irvine 2045 – General Plan Update The Phase 2 scope of work […]

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Audit

Irvine Will Move Forward With Audit of OC Power Authority But Questions Remain [Opinion]

The Irvine City Council held a special meeting on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, voting 4-0 to conduct an independent audit of the Orange County Power Authority (OCPA). Councilmember Mike Carroll, Chairman of the OCPA, was absent. It is not yet known who will be conducting the audit. The City Manager and City Council must make […]

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Over a Year of Requests Later OCPA is Finally Agendized. Special Meeting June 14th [Opinion]

Finally, after over a year of requests from members of the public and Councilmember Larry Agran, the Irvine City Council will hold a Special Meeting on June 14 at 3:00PM regarding the highly controversial Orange County Power Authority (OCPA). All Irvine residents will be automatically switched over from Southern California Edison (SCE) to the OCPA […]

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