As a former resident of that area, I have mixed feelings about this.
The LADWP has been screwing up the Owens valley for a very, very long time, and people who live there are justifiably resentful of the power that LA has given that the city is 200'ish miles away.

OTH, many of the alternatives have much greater impact, both to the evironment and views, and there are a lot of great views to be had, on land that the LADWP doesn't own.