San Francisco Public Power Campaign
Public power advocates in San Francisco are going to try again, after
a near-miss (maybe even a stolen win) in the last round of elections.
Here's a report.
The California Power Crisis
In a nutshell: power suppliers have restricted supply because
they make more money by doing so. Our elected officials are helping
them rip us off. Various groups, led by several labor councils, are
holding a series of demonstrations.
A wonderful propaganda opportunity presents itself. Here are my thoughts
for an op-ed
piece, spelling out a radical
program for cutting off the root of the problem. Also available in
better looking MS Word
97. It explains
why the effort to fix the blame on federal inaction is a bit of political
theatre by local politicians, who are perfectly capable of solving the problems
without federal help.
Here's a great web
"Ten Myths of Utility Deregulation" by Public Citizen.
Visit the San Francisco Municipal Utility District Campaign
site. It includes downloadable
documentary on the blackouts.
The central labor council of CA is mounting a series of demonstrations
calling on FERC (Federal Energy Regulator Comission) to cap price and
the state to seize plants and impose an excess profits tax. DSAers
attended the kickoff event in the Bay Area, Wednesday, June 7 at 4PM
in downtown Oakland. We marched to a nearby Duke Power plant and
issued a notice of seizure. Here's a flyer. The next demo is in
The SF municipal utility district campaign kicked off on June 11 with
many local luminaries. San Francisco is
unique because the Raker act
specifically guaranteed it would get the power from the rape of Hetch
Hetchy for public power. PG&E has fought for years to
prevent this from happening, while earning a tidy profit by selling us
our own power. This is a great chance to put an end to it.
Click here for a flyer.
Here's a smaller one.
In early June public television showed
Frontline documentary On the power crisis in CA and