PG&E’s Powergrab Defeated by Grassroots Campaign

For Immediate Release: June 9th, 2010

California voters sent a resounding message to PG&E yesterday that their constitution is not for sale

California voters sent a resounding message to PG&E yesterday that their constitution is not for sale.

This time, democracy worked. A broad based effort by civic, environmental and business organizations, local governments and municipalities and hundreds of dedicated volunteers defeated PG&E’s bid to write its monopoly into California’s constitution, despite the huge disparity in funding. PG&E spent $46 million on Prop 16, opponents a mere $90,000.

“We won this battle, but the fight goes on,” said TURN executive director Mark Toney, who spearheaded the No On 16 campaign. “The first step was defeating Prop 16. The second step is defeating PG&E’s demand for $4 billion in rate hikes. PG&E just threw away $46 million of their customers’ money. These corporate excesses must stop.”

“Voters proved once again that they know the difference between true reform and something packaged and marketed by a single, for-profit utility to create a monopoly for themselves and boost their profits,” said Campaign Strategist Gale Kaufman.

“When adequately informed, the people are smart enough to govern themselves,” added John Geesman, a former member of the California Energy Commission who worked tirelessly to defeat Prop 16.

“his victory is a testament to the spirit and hard work of hundreds of volunteers who made thousands of calls to alert voters to this egregious power grab,” said Megan Matson, Volunteer Field Coordinator for No On 16. “We were outspent 550 to 1 yet were still able to get voters to see through PG&E’s lies.”