Welcome to the Peoples Republic of Santa Monica, CA

How do all of these new “Regulations” effect the Little People who have to live their lives under the boot of the government? Not much more effect than the folks of Santa Monica. Yesterday I posted Biden’s new energy regulations, over one hundred of them, that practically covers everything in your house. From the big items of gas furnaces, gas stoves, room air conditioners and of course we cannot leave that light bulb alone, to your iron. One more time let’s give the light bulb another tweak.

This is the 110th action to strengthen energy efficiency standards that the Administration has taken in 2022. These 110 actions span a range of household products—everything from air conditioners and furnaces, to clothes washers and dryers, to kitchen appliances and water heaters—as well as commercial and industrial equipment.

If we look under the hood to understand the impact on Joe and Betty America we get the translation. The local governments now have caught on to the the power of the “Rules and Regulations” and they are applying them with gusto. No more than in the quaint city of Santa Monica.

Our reader Baysider dropped this off. It is worth a read.

The People’s Republic.

Here in my communist town they just issued their ‘plan’ to electrify the city completely by 2045. This includes the replacement of all gas appliances: heaters, cooktops, ovens, clothes dryer, water heater. Add an outlet for an EV car, and higher insurance costs to cover fire. This adds about 150 more amps to each unit which have already upgraded to the max the power service to the building will allow, which is 75 or 100 amps per unit (it varies). This is expensive!

We recently did 2 of them. $4,000 per panel to do again – plus changing the wiring (cutting major holes in walls and patching, painting) to serve the new appliances. That’s AFTER you fork over $10-20,000 to the power company to increase the size of the drop from their power pole to your building. And dig up the below ground conduits to install larger pipes. So maybe $30-40,000 per unit!

Savings? The city calculates energy savings of $4,500 over 30 years from new style appliances (which have heat pumps that won’t fit our footprint). Nowhere in their calculation did I see the cost of energy expenditures to mine, manufacturer, and ship all those replacement appliances as well as the cost of disposal of working appliances before their expiry. First clue that “net energy” use is only the stalking horse.

If you sell your building after 2028 (5 years) you must complete all these upgrades in order to sell it! No waiting to 2045. But they want new water heaters zero emission this year. So that brings ALL those expenses to bear the minute one has to replace a water heater.

1) a forced transfer of capital away from one party so another party with no investment or risk can feel good about virtue signaling, or
2) a confiscatory policy to force a fire sale for which others benefit (like those swooping in after riots burn down the town to buy things cheap), or
3) plain stupidity anchored in malfeasance?
4) All three.

THE CLUE: On top of that, in California there’s a law afoot to force you to make your first sales offer to a government sponsored agency. Think more’s going on here than ‘energy savings” now?

The city proposed a rebate to offset the costs: $2,000! Only for “income qualified” recipients.

NAME OF THIS ‘PLAN’: They call it the “Equitable Electrification Roadmap.” Woo-hoo, Equitable! They did not consult building owners or their associations or anyone who will shell out money for this nonsense. Instead they conducted ‘Equitable Community Engagement’ with these groups:
• Santa Monica Black Lives Association (SMBLA)
• Community Corporation of Santa Monica (CCSM) – this is a leftist money pit
• Climate Action Santa Monica (CASM)

This is the city’s link to their PR and the document.

City of Santa Monica Releases Existing Building Electrification Roadmap

Santa Monica’s Climate Action & Adaptation Plan (CAAP) calls for a 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from existing buildings by 2030. The Existing Building Electrification Roadmap builds on this CAAP goal by putting forth new goals including:

  • Implement a Building Performance Standards policy by 2025
  • Limit the installation of new fossil fuel appliances by 2030
  • Transition all buildings within City-limits to all-electric by 2045

Interesting, but local city council members said “what, were we asleep when this passed?” Two commented they understood it was only for new buildings – a rational position. But I have all their documents discussing ‘existing stock’ and a casual nod to the difficulty that will need “creative tactics and policies.” Hot button words right up there with “warp speed.”

By the way, I promised air conditioning to a new tenant. Called my HVAC guy to get it started yesterday and he told me the quote is no longer good. New rules have made even ones still sitting in warehouses illegal to install. I was told to expect a lot more money. He said they are in reality no better, just more expensive. Sigh….

Clearer now?

A year ago – LACI’s Santa Monica Zero Emissions Delivery Zone

LACI’s zero emissions delivery zone in Santa Monica and we’re excited to see this pilot empowering businesses and decreasing congestion and pollution in the neighborhood. (Of course one wonders what happens to a city “all electric” when the lights go out.)

The best of the swamp.

27 Responses to “Welcome to the Peoples Republic of Santa Monica, CA”

  1. Welcome to the Peoples Republic of Santa Monica, CA — BUNKERVILLE | God, Guns and Guts Comrades | Vermont Folk Troth Says:

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  2. The Night Wind Says:

    Meanwhile, Lake Mead and the Colorado River—California’s two main sources of water—are running dry. Eight years ago, then-Governor Brown authorized the construction of 24 desalination plants (a good idea since Cali borders an ocean). Not one’s been built. And these yo-yos are worried about converting to gas.

    I don’t think that it’s dawned on them that electric generating plants need lots of water and lots of oil to run them. It’s not like there aren’t huge oil and gas deposits in California (and off the Coast), but those too are idling mostly and California imports most of its petroleum products.

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    • bunkerville Says:

      As I recall as well several reservoirs were approved and never built. If they had, they would capture all the runoff from the heavy snow runoff. They have rare earth minerals as well… they had approved and then nixed the development.


      • peter3nj Says:

        Bbbbbut while this forward looking state cut off water to the Central Valley at the same time they have saved some little nothing fishes even though those little boogers don’t vote democrat. C’mon man. 🐠 🐟

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  3. Baysider Says:

    Thought I’d posted this. Got my estimate for the AC today. Last year it was $5,600. This year it’s $7,861. New version under new rules. Existing ones in warehouses can’t be installed now. They are attempting to bankrupt us. I promised the tenant AC and saved the money. Now I can’t afford it!!

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  4. peter3nj Says:

    The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the dedicated communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, true and false, no longer exists.
    Hannah Arendt

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  5. peter3nj Says:

    The solution is obvious to even the untrained eye: Continue to vote in any and all politician with a D next to its name. It would appear to most any out of state observers California voters have consistently over the last nearly 50 years surrendered their freedoms to the leftist socialist Marxist communists with less than a few breaks in the chain. Even Recalls fail abysmally giving even more legitimacy to the destruction of a state what was once a magnet for all. Adding a personal perspective: My brother and his California born wife whose father was a LA judge, their four children all successful professional educated living well and 11 grandchildren have left the state beginning in 2018. The husband of my neice shut the doors on a multi million dollar business and moved the family to Jacksonville Florida in 2019. I’ve been told their four sons ranging in age from six to twelve, popular among their peers, active in sports and school cheered at leaving their home and friends as they drove away. More than ever the time is ripe to give the state back to Mexico since it’s the only hope to stop the ecological environmental madness and the marxists in their tracks. While we’re at it lets throw in Oregon and Washington state and then Bill Gates can throw in with the Mexican government and the cartels, rename the three former states Gateland and ol’ Bill can be named king with the provision he knocks off his climate crap.

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  6. Silverfiddle Says:

    Towns in Colorado are doing this all electric scheme as well. Electric heat is extremely expensive from what I hear from people on the East Coast.

    It’s clear. The progressive left wants to crash the electricity grid, blame it all on some invented ‘climate catastrophe’ and use that to drive the green agenda up our wazoos.

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    • bunkerville Says:

      It is hard to believe that they are that naieve that they don’t know the outcome of all of it…CA already cannot handle the power load they have now.

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      • Silverfiddle Says:

        I’m not telling you anything new here, but I’ll say it again: Statists deliberately create crises so they can step in with their ‘programs’ and ‘save’ us.

        Why have so few people caught on to this disgusting tactic?

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  7. markone1blog Says:

    Odd how none of us hear of Biden’s war on appliances on the main stream media. Who knew the old guy could get so excited about eliminating stoves, air conditioners, washing machines (bet you haven’t heard of that one), and clothes driers.

    It’s just like how few have heard of what the government recently did to Matt Taibbi (the journalist who exposed Biden-Twitter corruption) or the “Trans Day of Vengeance.”

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  8. Ed Bonderenka Says:

    The problem with America these days is the lessening of mobility in America hindering people to vote with their feet.
    It’s always surprised me, reading Mustangs blog, how mobile the early American economy was.
    Lyndon LaRouche (who I don’t normally agree with) posited years ago that we’re actually in a new feudalism, where people are dependent on their local employer (vested pension) and are thus unable to move on. If the employer closes, they lost their property value and their equity (vs mortgage obligation).
    If they had invested in an apartment building in a town that went socialist, who would buy it from them?
    It is a tyranny where The Doctrine of the Lesser Magistrate doesn’t apply. The lesser magistrate is a tyrant.

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  9. Bigus Macus Says:

    They just piling on the reasons to leave California

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