Patterson wants supes to oppose Proposition 16
May 23, 2010
The increasingly controversial Proposition 16 on the June 8 ballot has picked up more local opposition. County Supervisor Jim Patterson wants his colleagues to formally go on record against the PG&E financed-initiative. [Tribune]
Proposition 16, backed by PG&E to the tune of more than $30 million so far, is referred to as “The Taxpayers Right to Vote Act” on the ballot. However, the actual focus of the measure is on making it more difficult for cities to develop their own local public electricity providers by requiring a two-thirds approval of the voters first.
The move has been roundly denounced by newspapers up and down the state, including the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and the Tribune.
Patterson intends to introduce a resolution at Tuesday’s board meeting, arguing that Proposition 16 “is against the public interest, and a potential setback for renewable energy production.” The 5th District supervisor believes that PG&E is using the proposition to maintain a monopoly in providing electricity.
If the other county supervisors agree with Patterson, a formal resolution would be sent to the California attorney general and secretary of state.