(Los Angeles Times) One by one, a parade of Owens Valley residents rose at a public hearing Tuesday to assail the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's plan to meet its renewable energy goals by covering 2 square miles of high desert with 1 million solar panels.
"We believe in economic development — but this is not the kind we want," Jane McDonald, who helps run a farmer's market, said at the DWP's first public presentation of the project during an Inyo County Board of Supervisors hearing. "Protection of our livelihoods depends on protection of this landscape."
It's a point frequently made as the DWP tries to smooth relations in rural eastern Sierra Nevada communities that are up in arms over the $680-million project, which would generate fewer than 10 permanent jobs and no property-tax revenue.
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