Various Authors noon, Jan. 26
- Community Blog
- Encanto Gas Holder
Should San Diegans Give Up Simple Majority Rights For Passing Prop. 16?
Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) is spending $28 million dollars to convince California voters throughout the state that we don't have a right to vote when it comes to municipal electricity generation, and that Proposition 16 will give us that right to vote at a two-thirds majority threshold.
In San Diego, we actually can vote on municipal electricity generation with a simple majority to approve, according to language already found in our 1970 electricity franchise agreement (see link below).
If Proposition 16 passes this June as a constitutional amendment, it will be a good thing for utility holding company shareholders of Sempra Energy stock to have San Diego Gas and Electric Company (SDG&E) protected from municipal condemnation by eminent domain, like SDG&E was a Proposition 13-protected residence shielded against state tax increases.
It could be a bad thing for consumers and other ratepayers when wildfires pump up our electricity bills to cover the WEBA legal costs of SDG&E not putting overhead power lines underground, since Proposition 16 will pretty much eliminate the threat of irate voters who no longer want to feed the Sempra Energy beast at the public feeding trough.
The "every day" cost to SDG&E ratepayers of this blog: zero dollars.
The value of getting the truth from a Reader blog: priceless.