GLENDALE—From July 5, 2013, The Armenian National Committee of America-Glendale Chapter hosted an online survey regarding Glendale Water and Power’s rate increases for electricity in the city. The survey was intended to both educate community members regarding the proposed increases as well as to allow for their feedback.
The survey was conducted in public areas such as parks, Glendale Community College, the Americana, at community events, and through submissions electronically. ANCA assembled two separate surveys: one of the two surveys was intended to collect the public’s opinion of various types of businesses, while the second survey collected the responses from residents.
Over 35% of the businesses and over 55% of the residents who responded were unaware of the rate increases before they completed the survey. Further, the results show that the community overwhelmingly rejects the proposed rates because many feel that they are too high. 88.1% of people that took the survey do not support the amount of increase for the reasons mentioned by Glendale Water and Power.
Many of the businesses commented that they are barely able to pay rent, while some even commented that with rate hikes such as these, they would have to close or lay off some of their staff eventually. In the same way, many residents mentioned that they are struggling and that the rationale behind the proposed rates has not been made clear. The ANCA Glendale directed all those surveyed to the Glendale Water and Power website for more information.
The current findings suggest that the Glendale community strongly opposes the increase of electricity rates by the currently suggested percentages. The ANCA Glendale feels that the proposed rates are too high for the community and that Glendale Water and Power should consider revisiting their options, so that Glendale businesses and residents can continue to work and live in Glendale without feeling yet another rate increase inflicted upon them.
The ANCA Glendale supports Glendale Water and Power’s decision to modernize its infrastructure and meet state mandates. However, the ANCA Glendale feels those financial needs can be met through other means and considerations, as do the respondents from the Glendale community. The ANCA Glendale says it is open and willing to work with Glendale Water and Power and City Government authorities on more acceptable alternatives.