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Lisa Forssell: Seeing green

Original post made on Oct 1, 2022

Lisa Forssell sees a direct connection between rising rents, power outages and the cost of sandwiches and haircuts. The Utilities Advisory Commissioner has spent years advising the City Council on how to make the city more sustainable.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, September 30, 2022, 8:45 AM

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Posted by Native to the BAY
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 1, 2022 at 8:23 pm

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Amazing candidate! Proven track record. She will bring needed balance and sound decision making for out city. Get out the vote for Lisa Forssell!

Posted by Anon123456
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Oct 1, 2022 at 9:40 pm

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Of all the candidates, I believe Lisa is the only one with prior city governance experience and is pro-housing and anti-NIMBYism. She has the experience, the drive & passion, and the leadership skills to finally get things done in our city!

Posted by Reid
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 2, 2022 at 7:15 am

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Lisa sees the connection between the cost of housing and the cost of local goods and services clearly. If you are concerned about the rising cost of living, inflation, and keeping the lights on, vote for Lisa.

Also, on-bill financing of electrification is a great idea. The city borrows at a much lower interest rate than consumers, especially low income consumers, and we should leverage that. Electrification should not be about asking regular folks to go into debt by taking out a HELOC at 7%.

Posted by SR
a resident of Community Center
on Oct 2, 2022 at 8:57 am

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Lisa joined the UAC in 2016. Since then, electric rates have ballooned by more than 30%. Water rates have continued their steady climb.

The green vision is great, but we need a ballpark time frame and cost. Utility upgrades for EVs and all-electric homes will take at least a decade and cost hundreds of millions of dollars. They will compel more upgrades for reliability, including storage and more transmission, All this will substantially increase rates. City of Palo Alto Utility is a lot of things, but innovative and fast are not in their DNA.

As an advisor it’s fine to be vague on the details. As a decision-maker it’s important to understand what can and can’t be done.

Posted by resident3
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 2, 2022 at 9:29 am

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"Lisa sees the connection between the cost of housing and the cost of local goods and services clearly. If you are concerned about the rising cost of living, inflation, and keeping the lights on, vote for Lisa."

There is no connection between the cost of housing in Palo Alto and inflation, or let's just say they are two very different problems. Ms. Forsell is not an economist, the article states "she spent 17 years at Pixar Animation Studios and held several managerial roles, including technical director (her credits include "Up," "Finding Nemo," "Toy Story 3" and "Cars")."

What scares me is that Ms Forsell was chosen to oversee the Utilities $300 million budget. She was not qualified. Unless she applied and was selected because of the fiber non-need. Ms Forsell mentions *pandemic* needs for high-speed internet, internet speed was not the problem during the pandemic and still isn't.

Sad, raiding Palo Alto to advance corporate politics and melding all the rest, housing, inflation, saving the planet, world hunger seems to be a sport at this point, and really people don't see through it? You wouldn't hire a car mechanic to sew a dress but wow, we seem to be really creative.

Posted by resident3
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 2, 2022 at 10:08 am

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Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Oct 2, 2022 at 11:56 am

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Another article profiled her as having a VC vc fund investing in clean energy and the environment etc.

That sure sounds like conflict of interest to me.

As a mere consumer of the CPAU monopoly, I'm tired of them overcharging us $20,000,000 each and every year, using OUR money to stall on paying us our court-ordered settlement for overcharging us, stalling for ano0ther 3 years in paying that refund unless we're over 65 or in ill health.

For many years CPAU's outage reporting system has been absolutely horrible. Not only do they not know how long the outage will last, its cause, often they don't even know where it's occurred.

Did the candidate respond to the recent Diana Diamond recent blog on the NON-answers to her questions about whether CPAU is ready for increased demand for eectrical grid? Did she pressure CPAU to start providing ANSWERS rather than non-answers?

Has she ever gotten panicky phone calls from friends caring for their 98-yr-old mother whose stair lift is out and who's now stuck downstairs wrapped in blanks wondering when/if power will be restored?

Has she ever dealt with CPAU staff that does NOT refer customers to the excellent County Water Wise program because they've never been told about it? Has she ever dealt with a CPAU staffer who sends out emails under different names on different days of the week?

Why are WE still paying staffers like this? What's her plan to get us refunds during increasing power outages and to cover US for spoiled foods which are worth LOTS more than $18 sandwiches! What's she doing to get us interest payments for the long delays in paying us our refunds? They should at least be comparable to our late payment fees available in her budget!

What's her plan for undergrounding wires so every7 balloon and bird doesn't cause outages? For upgrading the electrical grid??

Those are the questions I as a voter wants answered.

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