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"One of the great progressive victories in California history"

June 10, 2010

Tim Redmond of the San Francisco Bay Guardian writes yesterday in his analysis titled “Everyone hates PG&E” that “the results from last night’s election are fascinating. A $50 million campaign, with the opposition struggling to come up with $100,000 — and PG&E still lost. Calitics has a fun comparison that makes one of the key points: [...]


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Money talks. Voters just didn't listen: 52.5% No, 47.5% Yes.

June 9, 2010

From Denis C. Theriault and Dana Hull of the Mercury News today, a summary of the David-beats-Godzilla outcome on PG&E’s Prop 16 in yesterday’s nailbiter election. Returns didn’t begin to swing against Prop 16 until late in the evening, and no one on the NOprop16 side felt confident enough to really start celebrating until 1:30 [...]


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This Is It: What You Can DO

June 8, 2010

Today is it. Don’t forget to vote, then GET VISIBLE, OR GET ON THE PHONE. Bug everyone in your address book to GO VOTE NO on 16 by 8 o’clock. If they’re absentee, make sure they drop it at their polling station, NOT the post office. Throw a big VOTE NO ON 16 sign together [...]


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Prop 16 would lock PG&E;'s high rates into the California Constitution by locking out public power and community choice. Vote NO on Prop 16 June 8, 2010.

Election Day is TODAY, June 8th, 2010.

Polls are open 7:00am – 8:00pm.

Contact your county elections office to find out about early voting or where to vote. All polling locations are open 7:00am to 8:00pm. If you have not returned your vote-by-mail ballot yet, you can return it to any polling location in the county where you are registered to vote. It must be received by 8:00pm today – postmarks don’t count!

Prop 16 is the worst special kind of special interest ballot initiative, paid for by a single corporation to benefit a single corporation. Prop 16 would lock PG&E ‘s high rates into the California Constitution by locking out community choice and public power. Prop 16 replaces the current process that allows communities to choose non-profit utilities with a process that would require a super-majority for any choice other than PG&E.

Without a choice, customers will be forced to accept:

  • PG&E’s high rates instead of the lower rates of non-profit utilities
  • Even higher rates in the future- PG&E has over $6 billion more in rate hikes currently pending at the California Public Utilities Commission.
  • PG&E greenwashing instead of real green energy and real green jobs.

Rather than keep their customers by providing excellent service at reasonable rates, PG&E has already spent millions on misinformation campaigns designed to defeat public power initiatives throughout California. They said they would spend up to $35 million to pass Prop 16. They just dumped another $11 million in last week, bringing the latest tally to $46.1 million.

Get out and make sure everyone you know votes NO on Proposition 16 TODAY, June 8, 2010.