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Council News Release

5/9/2008  1:11:00 PM
Michael Jerrett, Harrell Office, 684-8804

Councilmember Bruce Harrell

Councilmember Harrell Will Hold Session for Public to Weigh in on Reconfirmation of City Light Head

SEATTLE —On Wednesday, March 26, Councilmember Bruce Harrell submitted sixteen tough questions to City Light Superintendent Jorge Carrasco. The questions range from “How will City Light handle seventy-one percent of the workforce retiring in the next decade?” to questions of the progress of implementing a risk metric for energy trading. Superintendent Carrasco’s response to Council’s questions is one of the many elements that Councilmember Harrell is employing in order to formulate his recommendation on whether to confirm Carrasco or not. On April 30th, Councilmember Harrell met with leaders from City Light’s largest customers. At the same time Superintendent submitted his responses to Councilmember Harrell’s questions.

The reconfirmation process of Carrasco continues with a public comment session on May 13th, at 5:00PM in Council Chambers. The purpose of the session is to garner feedback from the public that will help guide the process of whether or not to reconfirm Superintendent Carrasco. This is the first opportunity for the general public to voice their opinion on the reconfirmation. In addition to this formal session, Councilmember Harrell has held informal information gathering sessions with City Light Employees, and as previously mentioned City Light Customers. Harrell has even welcomed volunteers into this process by assembling a Facilitator Group that has assisted with the various outreach meetings.

Councilmember Harrell encourages all citizens who have an opinion on the reconfirmation of Carrasco to attend the session and share their thoughts, whether they are positive or negative.

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 citizens are welcome to attend and testify. Sign in is required for public testimony.


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