Supes to take official stance against PG&E measure 

A June statewide ballot measure intended to make it more difficult for cities to go into the power businesses is expected to be blasted Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors.

Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, one of the most outspoken advocates of what’s known as community choice aggregation, has introduced a resolution opposing Proposition 16, the “new two-thirds vote requirement for local public electricity providers.”

If approved by voters, it would require local governments to obtain approval by a two-thirds vote if they wanted to spend public money on providing electricity to customers and to implement a plan to become an aggregate electricity provider.

Among the findings in the resolution, is that the measure would “harm electric consumers by limiting choices and increasing the ability of monopoly providers to raise rates.”

The board’s vote follows Thursday’s announcement that San Francisco and eight other public entities are taking legal action to remove the measure from the June ballot.

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