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Suit alleges Palo Alto overcharged solar company

Original post made on Mar 4, 2019

The company that installed solar panels at four Palo Alto garages is now accusing the city of unduly delaying the permitting process and is seeking more than $500,000 in damages.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, March 4, 2019, 9:47 AM

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Posted by Pied Piper
a resident of Gunn High School
on Mar 4, 2019 at 4:02 pm

Pied Piper is a registered user.

Can we take these dollars out of the pensions that would be paid to any city personnel who are determined to have been negligent?


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Posted by gmahany
a resident of Ventura
on Mar 4, 2019 at 5:10 pm

having applied for a building permit last year I know that the PA building and utility dept are not capable of communicating with the construction professionals. However the 17 month delay for a zone change to allow solar panels is totally stupid. Komuna should sue PA for so much money that the city is forced to become a more efficient regulatory government than it is now. Unfortunately the only way to improve PA government is by costing us tax payers money.


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Posted by resident
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 4, 2019 at 8:25 pm

This sounds like an all too familiar story, and those of us seeking permits have been powerless.
While I chafe at tax payers paying for lawsuits, I hope this one has enough umph to make whoever is in charge at the city to revamp the entire process. There are about 10 departments, each having 30 days to say 'no', or 'you need more documents from an approved engineer', or 'not until another department responds'.
My contractor (experienced commercial) says the city overhead adds about 30% to the cost of any project.
It is easy to see why economical housing cannot be built.


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Posted by He Must Go!!!
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 4, 2019 at 10:49 pm

The building official is the one responsible for this. Have you tried to get a building permit? The process in Palo Alto is the worst on the peninsula. This building official George Hoyt has run this place into the ground. The number of people that have left in this past year in development services. They outsource almost everything to 4-leaf front counter staff, plan checkers, building inspectors, and where did George Hoyt come from you guessed it 4-leaf and you guessed it, he’s in charge of sending everything to 4-leaf. So Pied Piper when you say take the money from the pensions of the ones responsible you mean all the employees of 4-leaf or were you just talking about the building official George Hoyt or maybe his boss Michelle Flaherty who has been complicent in all the short cuts he has taken one thing is for sure the city has outsourced everything while all the managers continue to collect bigger and bigger bonuses and our services are getting worse by the day.


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Posted by Paloalto
a resident of College Terrace
on Mar 5, 2019 at 5:36 pm

"The exorbitant costs of the interconnection costs for the two Cambridge Projects was incurred by Komuna as the result of the City's failure to disclose the aged and poor condition of the existing transformers and associated infrastructure," the Komuna claim states.“

You didn’t check end to end throughput? That’s on you, vendor!


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Posted by Bruce
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Apr 15, 2019 at 2:44 pm

I know the people at Komuna energy. They are not to be trusted. Slimy, cheap CEO who actively looks to worm their way out of debts, not pay their contractors, etc. I wouldn't be surprised AT ALL if they were equally to blame or lying in this situation. DO NOT TRUST KOMUNA ENERGY.


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