Republican mayor transforms California city into ‘the solar capital of the universe’

“Some cities were hit hard by the Great Recession. Lancaster, California was positively clobbered. In the summer of 2009, the unemployment rate reached 17 percent, housing prices bottomed out, and foreclosures were rampant. Since then, the city has turned things around, thanks in part to the efforts of three-time Republican mayor Rex Parris, who transformed Lancaster into a clean energy powerhouse. Parris has been described by critics as ‘an arrogant bully and an unstoppable control freak,’ according to the Los Angeles Times, but he gets results.”

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