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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   
5/2/2008  9:43:00 AM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Michael Jerrett, Harrell Office, michael.jerrett@seattle.gov

Councilmember Bruce Harrell

COUNCILMEMBER HARRELL TO HEAR PUBLIC COMMENT ON RECONFIRMATION OF CITY LIGHT SUPERINTENDENT CARRASCO
Chance for Public to Weigh In on Reconfirmation

SEATTLE — On Tuesday, May 13, 5:00 p.m., Councilmember Bruce Harrell will hold a public comment session regarding the reconfirmation of Seattle City Light Superintendent Jorge Carrasco. Carrasco has been at the helm of City Light for the last four years, and has been praised for leading the utility out of the 2001 energy crisis. However, he has received some criticism for a heavy handed management style that some claim creates low morale among the rank and file of City Light. Although power rates have remained stable under his leadership, and the utility’s financial forecast appears favorable, a critical view of the utility’s long term plan will be conducted.

Councilmember Bruce Harrell, who chairs the Council’s Energy and Technology Committee, is sponsoring the session. He will be joined by Committee vice chair, Jean Godden, and Committee member, Richard Conlin, and several other Councilmembers.

The purpose of the May 13th Public Comment Session is to garner feedback from the public that will help guide the process of whether or not to reconfirm Superintendent Carrasco. Councilmember Harrell has made it clear that reconfirmation of the public utility leader will not be “rubber stamped.” What has transpired is a thorough process where significant outreach has been conducted with ratepayers and City Light employees, including visits to City Light’s North and South Service centers to engage employees in discussion on the reconfirmation process. This public comment session will provide an opportunity for the citizens to weigh in on the reconfirmation.

What: Public Comment Session on the reconfirmation of Seattle City Light Superintendent Jorge Carrasco.

Who: Councilmembers Bruce Harrell, Jean Godden, Richard Conlin, and other Councilmembers.

When: Tuesday, May 13th, 5:00pm

Where: City Hall, 600 Fourth Avenue, Council Chambers, 2nd Floor

All are welcome to attend. Sign in is required for public testimony.

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