Proposition 16: the Trojan Horse in California's June 8, 2010 election
Thursday, August 12, 2010
If Thucydides Had Been a Blogger ...
Would he have forsaken his chronicle of the Peloponnesian War in favor of the richer literary ore of California's Proposition 16? Relive the spectacle of the most outlandish corporate flame-out in ballot box history. Click here for the free ebook, 21 Machetes.
I was dumbstruck when I read that PG&E's board has authorized spending up to $35 million on this initiative. The local governments, municipal utilities, and irrigation districts who are its targets are prohibited by law from spending anything to oppose it.
California's investor-owned utilities face a Himalayan task in modernizing our electricity system and building the infrastructure necessary to serve a growing economy. They ought to focus on that, rather than manipulating the electorate to kneecap their few competitors. Has there ever been a time when we needed greater downward pressure on electricity rates?
Perhaps I can contribute to stopping this outrage by assembling this information. Won't you help by using email or the "Share" button above to disseminate each post as broadly as possible?
Honor Roll of Organizations Opposing Proposition 16 (partial list)
California Association of Realtors California Manufacturers & Technology Association California Farm Bureau Association of California Water Agencies Orange County Association of Realtors South Orange County Regional Chamber of Commerce San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce San Diego County Taxpayers Association Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce Pasadena Chamber of Commerce Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce Fremont Chamber of Commerce Folsom Chamber of Commerce Stockton Chamber of Commerce Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce Valley Industry and Commerce Association League of California Cities County Supervisors Association of California Regional Council of Rural Counties League of Women Voters AARP Sierra Club California League of Conservation Voters Asian American Action Fund of California California Labor Federation SEIU - California State Council AFSCME California California Federation of Teachers California Nurses Association San Francisco Labor Council Professional and Technical Engineers, Local 21 IBEW Local 595 International Longshore and Warehouse Union (Northern California District Council) California Municipal Utilities Association Northern California Power Agency Southern California Public Power Authority California Special Districts Association Agricultural Energy Consumers Association California Democratic Party California Young Democrats Republican Party of Los Angeles County Los Angeles County Democratic Party California Tax Reform Association The Utility Reform Network (TURN) CALPIRG - California Public Interest Research Group Consumer Federation of California Consumer Attorneys of America UCAN - Utilities Consumers Action Network CARA - California Alliance for Retired Americans Consumers First Citizens Against Pollution Clean Power Campaign CEERT - Center for Energy Efficiency & Renewable Technologies Environment California Earth Island Institute Planning and Conservation League Union of Concerned Scientists Climate Protection Campaign Communities for a Better Environment Bay Localize 350.org Global Exchange Greenlining Courage Campaign Local Power Local Clean Energy Alliance The Vote Solar Alliance Friends Committee on Legislation of California As You Sow Mainstreet Moms Women's Energy Matters