CleanPowerSF supporters rally against ballot measure 

Supporters of a plan to introduce competition into San Francisco’s power sales market will rally against a Pacific Gas & Electric Corp.-backed ballot measure tonight.

If it passes in June, Proposition 16, which is named “The Taxpayers Right To Vote Act,” would force municipalities to secure the approval of two-thirds of its voters before forming a power-sales program under California’s Community Choice Aggregation laws.

San Francisco and Marin counties are on the verge of forming California’s first such programs, under which power providers can compete with existing utility companies using the existing utilities’ infrastructure.

PG&E has been aggressively promoting Prop. 16, which would help protect its monopoly in San Francisco, where a planned Community Choice Aggregation program has been named CleanPowerSF.

Scheduled attendees and speakers at tonight’s Harvey Milk Club-sponsored event include Carole Migden, the former lawmaker who authored community choice aggregation laws, and Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, who has spearheaded efforts to form CleanPowerSF.

During a City Hall hearing on Friday, Mirkarimi called on staff and officials to work together to counter PG&E’s Prop. 16 advertising efforts.

“They’re coming at us with tanks and we have peashooters,” Mirkarimi said.

The rally begins at 6:45 p.m. at the LGBT Center at Market and Octavia streets.

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