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Author: ICNV Staff

Orange County State Legislators Initiate Emergency Audit of OCPA … Just As Residential Service in Irvine is Set to Begin

California State Senator Tom Umberg has announced that — at the request of six members of the Orange County State Legislative Delegation — the Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC) has agreed to conduct an emergency audit of the Orange County Power Authority (OCPA).

News of the audit comes on the heels of two years of allegations of mismanagement, cronyism, inaction, hidden rate hikes, and a lack of transparency on the part of OCPA.

Beginning in October, all Irvine residents will be transferred from their current provider of electricity — Southern California Edison (SCE) — and enrolled in the new OCPA electricity plan, at a significantly higher monthly rate.

According to Umberg, the State legislators have heightened concerns of corruption, Brown Act violations, and questionable electricity procurement practices.

Senator Umberg issued the following statement: “It’s clear that OCPA has had little oversight. With the federal investigations in Anaheim and Irvine concerning public corruption, we owe it to the taxpayers to explain why their energy costs are going up — and who or what is responsible.”

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The State of California Initiates Audit of OCPA

In June, the City of Irvine initiated an audit of the scandal-ridden Orange County Power Authority (OCPA).

That same month, the Orange County Grand Jury issued a scathing report outlining the incompetence, cronyism, and corruption at OCPA.

By August, two of the four OCPA member cities (Huntington Beach and Buena Park) passed a vote of “no confidence” in OCPA … and the Orange County Board of Supervisors initiated their own audit of the Power Authority.

Now, the State of California has initiated an emergency audit of OCPA, just two weeks before all Irvine residents are scheduled to begin being transferred from their current provider of electricity — Southern California Edison (SCE) — and enrolled in the more expensive OCPA plan.

We also know that the FBI is currently investigating the OCPA.

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