PG&E alert: Join the campaign to fight the PG&E's Prop 16 attack on public power and community choice aggregation


Erik Brooks, a stalwart in the clean energy and public power campaigns, flashes the the following list of sites that you can link to, join and share to help fight PG&E's Prop 16 attack on public power and community choice aggregation (CCA.)  He writes, "Please join and share/post them so that we can light up California with a million points of opposition to the attack."

Let me add that the real target of the attack is San Francisco and the federal Raker Act that mandates that San Francisco have a public power system because the federal government granted the city the unprecedented right to dam Hatch Hetchy Vally in Yosemite National Park for the city's water and power supply.  That act made San Francisco the only city in the country with a federal mandate for public power and it has driven PG&E mad for decades. (See Guardian stories and editorials since 1969 when we started our campaign to kick PG&E out of City Hall and bring our own Hetch Hetchy power to San Francisco.) Read some of our recent coverage:

PG&E ballot initiative comes under scrutiny

Editorial: Stopping PG&E's fraudulent initiative

Full disclosure: I see the Potrero Power plant and its ruinous fumes from my office window at the bottom of Potrero Hill, courtesy of PG&E and Hearst/San Francisco Chronicle journalism.

- Stop The PG&E Power Grab

- No On Prop 16 (FaceBook)!/group.php?gid=331641877109&ref=nf

- Our City

- StopProp16 (twitter)


To learn about the imminent CleanPowerSF public clean energy project (going to contract in March!), and its capacity to help us oust PG&E from San Francisco, come to the free public Harvey Milk Club Forum this Tuesday!

Here are the details:

Public Clean Energy / Stop PG&E Forum
Tuesday March 2nd

Learn how San Francisco can be powered on 50% clean electricity within the next decade; and at the same or lower rates than PG&E!

WHAT: Harvey Milk Club Clean Energy Forum

WHEN: Tuesday March 2nd, 6:45pm

WHERE: LGBT Community Center
1800 Market at Octavia
4th Floor Ceremonial Room

TRANSIT: From Civic Center BART take historic F street car line to Market and

WHO: Former State Senator Carole Migden
Supervisors Ross Mirkarimi and David Campos
Sierra Club's John Rizzo, and others



In July 2007 the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed an ordinance establishing the Clean Power SF project to bring the City 50% clean, renewable energy within the next decade.

But the private monopoly PG&E corporation is seeking to kill this new clean energy program and force us to stay addicted to its dirty and expensive fossil and nuclear power. PG&E is spending millions of dollars on negative, deceptive advertising and ballot campaigns to trick San Francisco electricity consumers into opting out of Clean Power SF.

Come to the Clean Energy Forum next Tuesday to learn more about Clean Power SF and how you and your fellow San Franciscans can stay in the program and keep it strong!

For more information call: 415-756-8844

Posted by Eric Brooks on Feb. 26, 2010 @ 12:09 pm


WHAT & WHEN: Unity Rally, MONDAY, 5/24, from 5:30 till 6:30 pm, protesting PG&E’s many monopoly-protection and profiteering tactics. Followed by CPUC public participation hearings, regarding proposed gigantic PG&E rate increases, beginning at 7 pm
WHERE: Rally – SF City Hall steps, Polk St. (civic center plaza) side. Followed by CPUC hearing – CPUC Auditorium, State Bldg, 505 Van Ness, at McAllister, SF.

All the information below pertains to the rally rather than the hearing:
WHO - Speakers Confirmed : Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, Mark Toney (Exec. Director, TURN), Megan Matson (organizer,, Alexander Binik (Exec. Director, DE-Toxics Institute), and a woman who has experienced horrendous health problems since smart meter exposure began. Anticipated - Katie Brown (daughter of Erin Brockovich), and statement of support from Assembly Member Ammiano.

PRINCIPAL ISSUES: No on Prop 16; Limit PG&E to fair, legal tactics vis-a vis Marin Clean Energy; PG&E’s record-breaking requests for additional rate hikes; smart meters (not just billing issues, but also concerns re health, privacy & security, safety & control).

Particular emphasis will be on PG&E’s over-the-top efforts (utilizing enormous sums of ratepayer-originated funds) to squelch potential competition & maintain monopoly control, & on how in each case PG&E’s true aim is to further increase windfall profits for its nominal parent company (PG&E Corp).

For too long, PG&E Corp has been abusing its customers and the public trust, arrogantly and with seeming impunity. But that public is now joining forces to resist and fight back! This Rally will bring together various constituencies (Prop. 16, environmental justice, consumer advocates & ratepayers, smart meters, etc.), who pledge to make common cause and combat PG&E's manipulation of the ratemaking process and "ripping off" of the public.

Posted by Guest Alexander Binik on May. 21, 2010 @ 5:52 pm