Thank you for the excellent article, “PG&E pushes vote to limit public power,” (Sept. 10). Your focus on SLO has reference to the rest of the state, where PG&E is bullying their way around. I warned of this years ago in “green” summits and no one listened. I find it curious now that city leaders are now ready to listen. It is high time for city attorneys to link up and fight this proposed ballot initiative under state constitutional grounds such as a violation of some of the assembly bills you mentioned. PG&E could in one instance thwart the assembly’s ability to wage the war on global warming. It sounds to me as though PG&E has lost its vision of being of and for California power.
Two things come to mind. First, San Francisco is under a federal mandate to comply with the Raker act. To date this has been a sore subject, yet when it came to a vote in San Francisco in 2001, amazingly the state of California’s registrar of voters was involved in hijacking the vote. Then when last year it came to a vote on a Municipal Utility District within Proposition H, well, you did a good job showing what PG&E does to counter efforts toward public power. That law firm you cited in the article should be sanctioned.
Second, we need to form a grassroots initiative, of the people by the people, to regulate the CPUC and the utilities so this never happens again
Great article; I will be sending the link around to my friends.