City Hall Watch: Supervisors try to make political point with funding 

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission funds were threatened Tuesday in a fight to establish a city power program that would compete with PG&E.

The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday was voting on legislation authorizing the spending of tens of millions of dollars on water- and wastewater-system projects.

Supervisor David Campos suggested the SFPUC was not working hard enough to finalize a contract with an energy provider to set up what is known as CleanPowerSF.

He wanted to postpone votes on bond authorization to send the message that “efforts of the PUC need to be intensified in finalizing a deal” and no vote would be taken until the contract is finalized.

SFPUC General Manager Ed Harrington said he was “shocked that this discussion is happening.” On Friday, he had provided an update on contract negotiations and said he is working as best he can.

“I guess I’m flabbergasted that you would even consider the health of the water system in San Francisco and wastewater system in San Francisco as a hostage for a contract we are working on,” Harrington said.

Campos was unsuccessful. He had the support of three colleagues. It would have taken six votes.

Supporters of establishing CleanPowerSF are attempting to make as much headway in establishing the full program by the June election, when voters decide on Proposition 16. The measure was placed on the ballot by PG&E and would make it more difficult for municipalities to set up such programs by requiring two-thirds voter approval.



Supervisor David Campos introduced a resolution calling for a boycott of Arizona and Arizona-based businesses until that state repeals its new law that allows police to question anyone about their immigration status if they have reason to suspect they are in the country illegally.

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