SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A citizens board tasked with overseeing projects funded by a California ballot measure intended to generate clean-energy jobs is meeting for the first time.
The Proposition 39 Citizens Oversight Board moved its first meeting to Tuesday after The Associated Press reported that the board has never met since voters approved Proposition 39 in 2012. It raised taxes on corporations to send billions of dollars to schools for energy efficiency projects.
The AP found it has generated a fraction of the promised jobs, and the state has no comprehensive list of work done or energy saved.
Supporters, including Democratic Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon of Los Angeles and billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer, maintain the program is on track.
The board had not planned to meet until October or November.