On Friday's edition of Lubbock's First News, Lubbock Mayor Glen Robertson talked with Tom Collins and guest host Sondra Ziegler about the latest developments in the ongoing LP&L disputes.

In the last 24 hours, City Hall has been bombarded with thousands of angry E-mails and phone calls from citizens upset over massive rate increases and extremely high electric bills from LP&L. Robertson admitted that the people of Lubbock have every right to be angry, and that action must be taken to correct this problem.

Robertson promised that if LP&L would not act, he would. If LP&L failed to act by Monday, he said he would hold a special city council meeting to recant the rate increase.

"I had a meeting yesterday...with Gary Zheng and two of his board members, and I told them straight up "You are going to have to call a special call meeting for Monday, you need to take action, you need to give the citizens of this community relief now, buy us some time to figure out what went wrong. And if you don't, I will." And I'm serious. If, by Monday, if they have not had a special call meeting, I will call a special City Council meeting and I will ask this council to have the courage to [recant] the rate increase that was just passed a couple of months ago."

Robertson went on to say that, when the vote to raise rates was approved by the council a few months ago, he warned LP&L that this would be the worst time to raise rates in the city, but to no avail. However, he also believes that neither the electric board or the staff at LP&L are entirely to blame. Rather, the blame should go towards the administrators who are controlling LP&L.

You can listen to Mayor Glen Robertson Friday mornings from 7 AM to 8 AM after every city council meeting on Lubbock's First News, only on NewsTalk 790 KFYO and online at KFYO.com.

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