Prop. 16 foes sling a stone against PG&E Goliath

With PG&E having now invested more than $34.6 million so far in Proposition 16, its measure to make it harder for municipal governments to choose to get their power from anywhere else, the measure’s opponents are clearly fiscally outmatched – but they’re fighting on nonetheless.

They directed me today to www.noprop16films.org, a site at which the Local Clean Energy Alliance is posting films put together on the fly and on a shoestring by grassroots activists opposing the measure. Here’s one of those films:

But the trick will be getting California voters to see these films; with no notable money in the bank, it’s not as if Prop. 16’s opponents will be able to advertise much on television, radio or in direct mail, while PG&E is surely gearing up for a multimedia ad blitz.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.