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PiG&E's Lackey, Mayor Newsom, Might Veto Progressive Energy Policy Approved By SF Board

by Steve Rice

After the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed Community Choice Aggregation 9-2 on Tuesday adopting a plan to put San Francisco on the way towards energy independence by financing a 360 MW solar network and making the community's power 51% renewable by 2017, rumors have circulated that Mayor Gavin Newsom is threatening to veto the Plan.

Mayor Newsom has repeatedly promised his support over the last two years, and we have done everything necessary to accommodate his office, including changing the legislation to address his concerns and moving a press conference twice at his request. It is UNACCEPTABLE that after all that has been done to work with Mayor Newsom, and after all the time he's promised his support, that he is considering going back on his word and vetoing the legislation.

Not to say that we haven't had reason to be worried. For awhile now he's been running around town for various press conferences touting "new relationships" formed with PiG&E... That lovely utility monopoly that does nothing but sit around spending rate-payer money on nuclear power and dirty energy while feeding us PR garbage that tells us what we should do to be more Green.

WE NEED YOUR HELP!! The mayor has ten days to veto this policy which passed on the 20th of June. Therefore we need to be barraging his office by phone, email or fax until until the 1st of July. See below for how you can contact the mayor.

Thanks for your help...

Steve Rice
Green Guerrillas Against Greenwash


PLEASE TAKE 2 MINUTES OUT OF YOUR DAY TO CONTACT THE MAYOR and let him know that San Francisco demands Community Choice Energy. We DO NOT WANT a dirty energy monopoly - PiG&E - to pollute our city, our neighborhoods and our anymore.

His number is 415-554-6141 (until 5:30 PM). After you call, forward this email to as many friends as possible. Here's a draft phone script you can use. Or make up your own - talking points online at or

Draft Script:
"I heard the Mayor was thinking of vetoing the Supervisors' support for Community Choice Aggregation - which would give San Franciscan a choice to move to 51% renewable energy. I was calling to see why the Mayor is doing that? Is that because the Mayor doesn't believe in the climate crisis? Is it because the Mayor thinks PG&E's nuclear energy is a swell idea? Is it because PG&E is a cash cow for Gavin's campaigns?

SF Resident


FAX NUMBER: 415-554-6141

E-MAIL ADDRESS: gavin.newsom [at]

Sample Letter:

Dear Mayor,
This morning your office told our Community Choice Energy Alliance that you are considering vetoing the Supervisors' overwhelming vote for the Community Choice Aggregation policy. The reasons you gave - i.e. concern about the order of releasing the RFI before the Implementation Plan - are vacuously irrelevant since you've had six years to raise that type of logistical concern. While you've said you support this policy, you have not been a leader on this issue all along. As such, it is understandable that you may have forgotten about the countless meetings and studies spent fine tuning this policy. If so, please review the policy's history at:

Now, while I am not shocked about your potential veto, given your cozy relationship with PG&E, I am a bit baffled and would appreciate a reply to the following:

1) Is your reason for vetoing because you don't believe the climate crisis is real? (If so, please type into your web browser "Hurricane Katrina" and click search)

2) Is your reason because PG&E's line of calling nuclear a green energy the line that most resonates with your compassion for humanity? (If so, please type "Chernobyl")

3) Is the reason because PG&E is a cash cow for your past and future political aspirations?��
(If you don't recall, please recall how you spent Tuesday at a press conference with PG&E about a form of renewable energy that doesn't exist ( i.e. tidal) at the exact same time the Supervisors were voting to implement this policy that relies on actual forms of proven renewable energy. You may also want to revisit two fliers about your greenwashing links with PG&E at

Thanks for your prompt reply,
(Your name)
San Francisco resident

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