Films shed light on Prop 16, but lack funding for prime time

All it takes is heart. Oh, and mad video-editing skills. And gobs of money.

The No on Prop 16 campaign is fighting back against Pacific Gas & Electric Co.’s advertising blitzkrieg for Proposition 16, the anti-democratic ballot initiative it has bankrolled to secure its monopoly in the San Francisco Bay Area.

No on Prop 16 Films, created in response to Prop 16, has produced a series of 10 short clips explaining to voters why they should vote no on the PG&E-bankrolled initiative, which will appear on the June 8 ballot. The reasons offered include “It’s antidemocratic,” “it denies consumer choice,” and “it’s a power grab.”

Here's one. (Note: if you are unable to view the film, try viewing this post using a different browser, such as Internet Explorer.)

Visit this web site to see the rest.

Prop 16 proposes a two-thirds majority vote requirement for alternative energy programs run by local governments. In the case of San Francisco, the municipal alternative would offer a power mix that surpasses PG&E’s renewable-energy portfolio by a long shot. If the progam were subjected to a supermajority vote at the ballot, it would be far more difficult to move forward, and the predictable result would be to lock in PG&E’s monopolistic grip.

The films are professional, high quality, and ready for prime time. Trouble is, as the filmmakers note on the No on Prop 16 Films Web site, “Unlike the supporters of Prop 16 we do not have 35 million of taxpayers money to buy air time and send everyone flyers.” They put the resources they did have -- a crew of volunteers, some borrowed equipment, and the Internet -- to good use, but unless these films, produced by a labor of love, are seen by a wider audience, they aren’t likely to affect the outcome of this crucial vote. As long as funding for air time remains elusive, No on Prop 16 campaigners are hoping to spread the word via Facebook, Twitter, and living room screenings that would bring people together and spread the word.

It’s a modern-day David vs. Goliath story, and it’s a sign of the times that a single corporation is attempting to single-handedly alter the state’s constitution using money derived from ratepayers, while the grassroots opponents have so far been unable to muster the resources for a TV ad to debunk PG&E’s propaganda. There’s always the chance, though, of an online campaign going viral.


The lack of funding for a strong anti-Prop 16 campaign shows, once again, what a bunch of pro-corporate pigs the Democrats are. It constantly amazes me that progressive forces. like the Bay Guardian, constantly support them.

Posted by Jeff Hoffman on May. 12, 2010 @ 11:48 pm

Huh? This isn't a partisan issue, dipshit.

Posted by Guest on May. 17, 2010 @ 10:20 pm

The toss up is, progressives city government has repeatedly shown that it is incompetent and can not even run the bus system, why should I want them to fuck up the power grid too?

Still I voted against the electric company because I don't trust them either, in the end I hope that maybe some adults will come into office and make this sort of thing work. Although I doubt it.

For most normal people this is a choice between corporate greed and government stupidity.

Posted by glen matlock on May. 15, 2010 @ 5:55 pm

Prop 16 is upon us because of corporate greed. Question: Who has the greatest influence over Government? that's right, corporations. So before blaming "government" as "stupid," we ought to examine the power structure in our communities and state. Blaming "government" as "stupid" is a just another decoy that corporate flackers spew to deceive the public about who is really the blame.

Posted by Guest guest on May. 25, 2010 @ 11:13 am