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PG&E distorts why it backs Prop. 16 

I read your “Green bait” story (May 27) about the way PG&E is urging who it hopes are naïve folks to vote for Proposition 16.  The proposition, for anyone who hasn’t heard, would in effect allow PG&E and other giant energy companies to keep their monopolies on providing electricity to Californians.

Lo and behold, on Friday, May 28, I and millions of other Californians received a red-white-and-blue flyer (PG&E is patriotic, especially at Memorial Day weekend!) urging people to vote YES on Prop 16.  In very small print one can read that “major funding for the Proposition comes from Pacific Gas and Electric Company.” Wait; there’s more. In green print (of course, what else), we are told Proposition 16 is “Endorsed by the Coalition for Green Jobs,” which sounds good but there’s not one word about who is party to the Coalition. Trying to hit all bases, PG&E and Proposition 16 list other supporters including Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Contra Costa County, Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, and Silicon Valley Black Chamber of Commerce.  Oh, here’s another one: Chinese Hospital; and another one, 23rd Street Merchants Association; and another one, Peninsula Coalition; and another one,
ad absurdum.

PG&E has kicked in $35 million in support of Proposition 16 with millions more undoubtedly to be spent between now and the June 8 election. And it’s all to prevent municipalities from offering lower rates than PG&E.

Richard Kranzdorf

San Luis Obispo

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