Powergrab News - A daily news source on PG&E's Proposition 16 from the trenches of California's Community Choice movement
Don't be Fooled: The PG&E Initiative was About Monopoly, Not Taxes
PG&E posed as taxpayer rights advocate and tried to manipulate California voters into ignoring the messenger and the purpose of Prop 16: Pacific Gas & Electric Corporation, peddling taxpayer rights to steal back its monopoly from ratepayers who have paid dearly for the privilege of choice - by persuading Californians to vote against their own right to choose. The League of Women Voters, California Association of Realtors, Sierra Club, The Utility Reform Network and many others joined local governments and public officials all over California to oppose Prop 16, linked to original source material below.
This page features direct links to official government documentation of PG&E's initiative and related political activities, as well as recent articles by independent newspapers and official editorial board statements opposing Prop 16.
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera Legal challenge to Prop 16 highlights PG&E chief's statements as evidence of falsehood, misrepresentation - Lawyers for locally owned utilities challenging proposed amendment cite public admission that measure intends to 'greatly diminish' voting, rather than encourage it (official press release with links to official documents - April 29, 2010)
League of Women Voters Opposition Statement to Prop 16: Official Statewide June 8, 2010 Position Statement California Secretary of State Official Voter Information Guide Public Display - June 8, 2010, Statewide Direct Primary Election (scroll down to "Proposition 16" official document links)
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera seeks rule change to block PG&E efforts to kill consumer choice - Utility's deceptive campaign, broken promises on Community Choice Aggregation demand expedited action by regulators, City argues (official press release with links to official documents - Dec 22, 2009)
Quotes of Ross Gelbspan and Helen Caldicott, Don Aitken, Ty Cashman, Michele Perrault, and Daniel Kammen about the importance of San Francisco's Community Choice Program for Leadership on Climate Protection (March, 2007)
THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN: A public power landmark -- and the battle to come -- CCA allows communities to offer an alternative — to buy cleaner power in bulk and resell it at comparable or cheaper rates to residents and businesses," San Francisco Bay Guardian Editorial (May 25, 2010)
Op Eds"No on Prop. 16 - The PG&E initiative would block Community Choice option," Santa Barbara Independent opinion by Megan Birney (June 3, 2010)
"Don't be bamboozled by Prop.16 - PG&E has commandeered the initiative process in a cynical, underhanded ploy to cement its monopoly ," New Times (San Luis Obispo) opinion by Ken McCalip (June 2, 2010)
"California: ruined by the supermajority - Requiring two-thirds approval to pass budgets and other legislation has not made California more democratic.," Los Angeles Times opinion by Joe Mathews (May 30, 2010)
"California: ruined by the supermajority - Requiring two-thirds approval to pass budgets and other legislation has not made California more democratic.," Los Angeles Times (Solano-Napa) opinion by Joe Matthews (May 30, 2010)
"Love is Hate, PG&E is Green, and Community Choice Threatens Taxpayers - PG&E's filed, funded referendum invites Californians to vote to block their own choice," Solar Times Op Ed by CCA creator Paul Fenn (November, 2009)
or any other official political action or campaign committees related to Prop 16 or other ballot initiatives.