Multiply that by three, he said, “and that’s the entire city of Burbank.”
The bill calls for the California Department of Transportation to use existing funds to run two pilot projects, one in Southern California and one in Northern California.
“Even in the test areas it would be extremely productive for our grid,” Gatto said.
He heard about the energy source from a friend in Israel, and has since talked to companies developing the technology, he added. In a best-case scenario, Gatto said, Caltrans may be able to sell the power and use the revenue for road repairs or a bigger investment in the technology.
Antonovich skeptical about governor’s plans
Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich, the Republican who represents Glendale, Burbank and nearby areas, told members of the state Assembly Budget Committee who came to Los Angeles on Feb. 4 that they need to get more serious about budget reform.
Like other county officials at the special legislative session, Antonovich expressed skepticism that Gov. Jerry Brown’s planned realignment of government services and the proposed June ballot initiative to extend sales, income and vehicle tax hikes will work without deeper reforms.
Antonovich said the state has more than 19,000 employees making $100,000 or more, 5,000 earning $200,000 or more and 1,000 making $300,000 or more.
The governor’s proposed realignment, he said, is like a “magician’s sleight of hand” that will overburden local law enforcement and other agencies.