City attorney claims Prop 16 is misleading 

The coalition suing to disqualify the PG&E-sponsored Proposition 16 from the June 8 statewide ballot used PG&E's own chief executive’s public statements as evidence that the utility's proposed measure is false and misleading, according to San Francisco’s City Attorney.

Proposition 16 is a proposed constitutional amendment that would impose a new two-thirds majority vote threshold before public entities in California could extend virtually any energy services program for the benefit of ratepayers or the environment.

According to the petitioners' reply brief filed in Sacramento County Superior Court, a public exchange between PG&E Corporation Chairman, CEO and President Peter A. Darbee and a stockholder at the company's March investor conference revealed that the purportedly pro-vote measure actually aims to greatly diminish voting, discourage elections, having to spend millions and millions of shareholder dollars to campaign against competing energy programs, according to a release from City Attorney Dennis Herrera.

The coalition of locally-owned public utilities from throughout California, including the San Francisco Local Agency Formation Commission, civil lawsuit filed on March 18, 2010.

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