Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 3 / 18 January 2018

Migden to join in electric discussion on community choice

Former state Senator Carole Migden (pictured below) and others are  expected to appear Tuesday, March 2 at San Francisco’s LGBT Community Center to talk about community choice aggregation, which enables cities and counties to work together to procure energy.

Pacific Gas and Electric Co., the investor-owned utility that supplies power to San Francisco, is sure to be a main topic at the forum.

The Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club is hosting the community choice town hall, which starts at 6:45 p.m. The LGBT center is at 1800 Market Street.

Migden, an out lesbian who represented San Francisco as an assemblywoman before she became a senator, authored Assembly Bill 117 in 2002. That legislation facilitates the ability of communities to procure electricity directly from electricity suppliers.

According to the Milk Club, community choice aggregation – rebranded in San Francisco as “CleanpowerSF” – “is finally getting off the ground in San Francisco and PG&E wants to prevent this from happening anywhere in he State.”

According to a statement, the club wants people to be “prepaired [sic] to deal with false advertizing [sic] claims from PG&E and the monopoly’s sponsored ballot initiative, Prop. 16, this June.”

Among other things, Prop 16 would amend the state constitution to require local governments to get two-thirds of voters to approve providing electricity through a community choice program if any public funds or bonds are involved.

According to the Milk club, “PG&E will spend millions of dollars in the June election to take away local control and Community Choice regarding renewable energy.”

PG&E did not immediately provide comment.

Besides Migden, out gay Supervisor David Campos and Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi are among those who are also expected to appear at the forum, which is free.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, February 26, 2010 @ 5:35 pm PST
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