Mirkarimi Warns NCPA
of PG&E Monopoly-Protecting Ballot Initiative

Written by Luke Thomas. Posted in News, Politics

Published on September 24, 2009 with 8 Comments

Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi was a guest speaker
at the annual meeting of the Northern California Power Agency yesterday.
He warned its members of a 2010 PG&E-sponsored statewide ballot initiative
that is aimed at protecting its monopoly against public power advances.
Photos by Luke Thomas

By Luke Thomas

September 24, 2009

San Francisco Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi rang alarm bells yesterday on a 2010 statewide Pacific Gas & Electric-sponsored ballot initiative that would “decapitate” efforts to implement municipal public power initiatives in California.

Attending the annual convocation of Northern California Power Agency members at the Claremont Hotel in Berkeley, Mirkarimi warned the NCPA that PG&E is attempting to “kill any interest of Community Choice Aggregation being contemplated by municipalities in the State of California,” to protect its monopoly.

The ballot initiative, deceptively dubbed “The Taxpayers Right to Vote Act” would, if passed by a simple majority of voters, amend the California constitution and require the assent of two-thirds of voters to “expand electric delivery service to a new territory or new customers, or to implement a plan to become an aggregate electricity provider,” according to the measure’s statement of purpose.

“It’s absurd and an affront to our democracy,” Mirkarimi said, referring to the two-thirds requirement. “What this does is exactly what it’s intended to do – to annihilate competition.”

Mirkarimi said it is imperative that municipalities begin a coordinated campaign to educate voters against being duped into voting for the measure.

Though the NCPA is prohibited from campaign advocacy, several members expressed concerns with the ballot measure and raised questions on how best to build a winning strategy to defeat it.

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Luke Thomas is a former software developer and computer consultant who proudly hails from London, England. In 2001, Thomas took a yearlong sabbatical to travel and develop a photographic portfolio. Upon his return to the US, Thomas studied photojournalism to pursue a career in journalism. In 2004, Thomas worked for several neighborhood newspapers in San Francisco before accepting a partnership agreement with the SanFranciscoSentinel.com, a news website formerly covering local, state and national politics. In September 2006, Thomas launched FogCityJournal.com. The BBC, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, New York Times, Der Spiegel, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Magazine, 7x7, San Francisco Examiner, San Francisco Bay Guardian and the San Francisco Weekly, among other publications and news outlets, have published his work. Thomas is a member of the Freelance Unit of the Pacific Media Workers Guild, TNG-CWA Local 39521 and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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