Saturday, March 20, 2010
On Wednesday the 17th, protestors assembled at noon in front of the California Public Utilities Commission building at the corner of Van Ness and McAllister.
This was in anticipation of a public hearing that afternoon about Pacific Gas & Electric Corporation's sponsorship of Proposition 16 on California's ballot this June. The proposition aims to make it even more difficult for local governments to switch from the monopoly utility to non-profit utilities run by the community, in that the proposition calls for a new two-thirds majority vote of the public to do any such thing.
Most of PG&E's millions are being funneled through a series of phony "concerned citizens" committees via high-priced public relations firms, along with testimony by bought and paid political hucksters such as former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, Jr., (click here for a sick-making photo and article at SFGate by David R. Baker). In Marin County, it's politician Joe Nation who is trying to stop community choice aggregation from occurring, though he may be too late.
The bad corporate citizen behavior is so egregious that San Francisco County, along with a number of other small community utilities, filed suit in Sacramento Superior Court on Thursday the 18th to stop the proposition altogether because its language is so misleading (click here for an SFGate article by Bob Egelko). The corporation has been labeling the proposition as "The Voters' Right to Choose" rather than "The Voters' Right to Get Screwed by a Corporate Shell for Rich People." It would be instructive to know the names of PG&E's largest shareholders so we could determine exactly who is out to profit off their neighbors in such a criminal fashion. I'm sure Willie Brown, Jr. knows most of them personally.