Letters from our Readers: Raker Act offers power to compete with PG&E 

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission was the first federally mandated municipal power agency in the U.S., established by the 1913 Raker Act and affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1940.

Community choice aggregation is really moot for San Francisco. The City is entitled to sell public power to both government offices and private citizens. The SFPUC should implement the Raker Act and compete against PG&E the old-fashioned way. It should acquire market share with a better product at a competitive price, and not merely substitute an inept monopoly for a profit-maximizing private company.

I do not support either PG&E or the SFPUC controlling my power supplies. But at least with PG&E I can formally complain to the California Public Utilities Commission. SFPUC just allows you two or three minutes before a naive politicized board before you are summarily gonged off stage.

Brian Browne, San Francisco

Poor-performance excuse

What would we do without studies? Commissioner Sandra Fewer of the SFUSD Board of Education cites “studies” that a later start time would help students learn. Maybe some further studies might show that these students need less coddling and more of a reality check. When they start working or going to college, they might be quite surprised that accommodations will not be made for their poor performance.

Commissioner Fewer should focus on the internal issues like the 90-minutes daily that some students are bused from one side of town to the other, the board’s lack of guidance, family indifference and students who lack motivation. Her attitude typifies many political hacks seeking easy excuses for poor performance when they should look within for solutions.

Robert A. Jung, San Francisco

Too many SFUSD buses

These 118 morning and 148 afternoon daily school bus routes to 72 schools make no sense in a city polled as America’s most-walkable city and with the most-temperate annual climate — especially when many students receive free lunches and there are neighborhood schools located around The City’s 49 square miles.

How come parents are encouraged to live near their jobs or else take public transportation to reduce the carbon footprint, but their children are bused to a school across The City?

Frank Norton, San Francisco

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