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Voters Should Reject Proposition 16

Original post made by Martha Beattie on May 15, 2010

Proposition 16 is a cynical and misleading effort by PG&E, a for-profit corporation, to protect its business from competition.

Cities like Santa Clara have enjoyed lower electricity costs by being able to purchase cheaper power using its own utility, Silicon Valley Power, for more than 100 years.

If Proposition 16 passes, there would be less chance for communities to get cheaper electric power or take advantage of more renewable or less-polluting sources than they now receive from their current utility, PG&E. Such opportunities would be all but impossible with the super-majority rule required by Proposition 16.

PG&E is spending tens of millions of its shareholders' dollars — collected from ratepayers — to promote this measure, and will continue to spend whatever it takes to defeat any measure that would cut into its business.

The San Jose-Santa Clara League of Women Voters urges you: Vote NO on Proposition 16.



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