What do the SF Chronicle, the LA Times, the Sacramento Bee, and the San Diego Union Tribune have in common with this blog?
All are not fans of Prop. 16, a California ballot initiative that would, in the words of the official analysis, place “new voter approval requirements on local governments before they can use ‘public funds’—defined broadly in the measure to include tax revenues, various forms of debt, and ratepayer funds—to start up electricity service, expand electricity service into a new territory, or implement a CCA.”
Public power may or may not be more renewable-friendly–for every Sacramento Municipal Utilities District, famously solar-centric, there’s a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, which currently has the dirtiest portfolio in the state.
But while we like the choice of taking energy issues to the ballot, we don’t believe it should be a requirement. And a 2/3 hurdle is punitively high.
Official proposition details here.
A list of opposition (and newspaper editorials) here.