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VOX POPULI: Say YES to Prop 16

June 7, 2010
Rafu Shimpo

Asking for a two-thirds majority requirement stated in Prop 16 is no different from the current voter requirement for special taxes and most infrastructure bonds. Prop 16 does not decide whether public power is a good idea or not – it allows that decision to be made by us; the voters.... Read more

PROP 16 – GOOD FOR DEMOCRACY AND GOOD FOR BUSINESS

June 7, 2010
Asian Week

Businesses like a certain amount of predictability; they don’t like the fact that they could be surprised by unwanted or unwarranted expenses. The Taxpayers Right to Vote is critical to keeping California from reckless spending that can happen when government controls businesses. ... Read more

Yes on Proposition 16

June 4, 2010
Victorville Daily Press

A two-thirds voter majority before local governments can spend or borrow public funds to enter the retail electricity business is a good protection against budget-challenged municipalities eyeing the electricity business as a source of new revenue, as many do now.... Read more

Prop. 16 about right to vote

June 3, 2010
Bakersfield Californian

I am a supporter of Prop. 16 for the simple reason that I believe we need the final say. Vote yes on Prop. 16.... Read more

Yes on Proposition 16

June 3, 2010
Mountain Democrat

The Mountain Democrat urges a yes vote for Proposition 16. A two-thirds vote is the voters’ best defense against government overspending.... Read more

Letter: In favor of Prop 16

June 2, 2010
Los Banos Enterprise

Proposition 16 - The Taxpayers Right to Vote Act - is just about common sense. We need to make sure we decide whether spending public money to start a government-run electricity business is what we want for our community. ... Read more

On June 8 we must vote YES on Proposition 16 – the Taxpayers Right to Vote Act

June 1, 2010
Asian Journal

Prop 16 does not decide whether public power is a good idea or not – it allows that decision to be made by the voters.... Read more

Your Voice: Prop. 16 protects votes, private property

June 1, 2010
Tracy Press

This past month has been a true eye-opener, and I would like to express why I encourage voting yes on Prop. 16. ... Read more

PROP 16: Ballot measure would just let voters weigh in on risky energy schemes

May 26, 2010
Press-Enterprise

Since California voters are on the hook if a government-run electricity project fails, they should have a voice if a local government wants to spend public money or incur public debt to create or expand an electricity business.... Read more

Yes on 16

May 25, 2010
Press Democrat

Letters: If Proposition 16 had been in place back then, it is possible our electrical power structure would still make sense. Vote yes on Proposition 16 to stop the idiocy...... Read more

Yes on Prop 16 and the right to vote against government boondoggles

May 25, 2010
Halfway to Concord

We need Prop. 16 to guarantee us [taxpayers] more accountability and the right to have a final say.... Read more

Voters should have say on risky municipal utilities

May 21, 2010
San Diego Union Tribune

Prop. 16 will not eliminate competition or repress the energy free market. All it does is give voters the power to decide whether they want the option of public power. A local government that has a solid, well-formed plan should have no problem getting enough votes to pass it. ... Read more

Editorial: Proposition 16 Preserves People’s Right to Participate

May 18, 2010
Singtao Daily News

Local government's primary responsibility is to manage its policy and affair; and given that developing energy power financing is closely related to the quality of life for each residents, it should not just only allow any local government to have the final say, Proposition 16 can exercise effective regulation upon local government.... Read more

Local NAACP backs Prop 16

May 17, 2010
Stockton Record

The NAACP Stockton Branch, representing San Joaquin County, supports Proposition 16, and we ask you to join us.... Read more

Protect Taxpayers from Power Grabs – Vote Yes on Prop. 16

May 13, 2010
Black Voice News

Currently, California law does not require voter approval if local governments want to use public money to develop the complex systems necessary to deliver electric service. Proposition 16 corrects this omission, giving voters a say in the process.... Read more

Should utilities be subject to a vote? Yes: We should have a say on how taxes are spent

May 12, 2010
Desert Sun

Over the past 10 years, local governments in San Joaquin Valley, Marin and Yolo counties, San Francisco, and elsewhere have proposed a government takeover of utility service or creating new entities to supply electricity. The total cost of these proposals, if all were implemented, ranges from around $3.4 billion to $6.2 billion.... Read more

Prop. 16 protects us

May 11, 2010
Vacaville Reporter

I am glad Proposition 16 requires a two-thirds vote for cities to get into the electrical business, as it could well save us from getting in way over our heads.... Read more

Prop 16 Will Protect Voters And Taxpayers

May 10, 2010
Red County

It’s important to note that Prop 16 does not stop government takeovers of electricity businesses. But it does give voters greater power in the decision to do so. ... Read more

Yes on Prop 16

May 10, 2010
Flash Report

If cities want to become community choice aggregators that is their choice, but it should be done with the overwhelming approval of the rate payers. That is exactly what Prop 16 ensures, and I urge you to vote YES on Prop 16.... Read more

Prop 16 Closes Loophole

May 10, 2010
Bakersfield Californian

If you want just one reason to support Proposition 16, just look at the many poor fiscal decisions governments across the state have made. We are now paying the price for those poor decisions!... Read more

Yes on Proposition 16: ‘Know the Cost to be the Boss’

May 7, 2010
Black Voice News

...by passing Proposition 16 you are saying you want to be a major player in knowing what your elected city officials are doing if the issue ever comes up. You will be guaranteeing that everything is going to be fully explained to you ahead of time including cost against further savings and when the savings would kick in.... Read more

Police Officers support Prop. 16 - The Taxpayers Right to Vote

May 5, 2010
Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers Association

The Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers Association (LAAPOA), a strong supporter of Proposition 16, urges the public to vote "Yes" on this important measure on the June ballot to ensure that voters have a choice -- spend money on public safety or enter the electricity business.Los... Read more

Local debt shows why we need Prop. 16

May 5, 2010
Mercury News

As a former city councilman and member of the state Assembly, I understand the pressures that local leaders are feeling. Local governments must take the time to put together a solid plan and present it to the voters before spending public money or incurring public debt to start a government-run electricity business.... Read more

Yes on Prop. 16: There’s nothing wrong with allowing voters to pick their power source

May 4, 2010
LA Daily News

This measure won't have much impact on Angelenos who are served by the massive, city-owned L.A. Department of Water and Power, but they ought to endorse it anyway as a matter of fairness.... Read more

Pull The Plug On Political Power Plays

April 30, 2010
San Francisco Business Times - Steven B. Falk, President and CEO, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce

Californians deserve a say in long-term capital decisions that will impact future budget priorities and spending.... Read more

Prop. 16 makes sense

April 25, 2010
Fresno Bee

Proposition 16 will make sure we can vote before government spends our public money. We have seen what happens after they make a bad decision -- taxpayers are always the ones who end up paying the price.... Read more

Prop. 16: The Power to Decide

April 25, 2010
Vacaville Reporter

We need local government to look for the best ways to serve our communities. When it comes to making a long-term commitment of millions of public dollars, we must protect our right to have a say. This June election, we have that opportunity. Proposition 16 will let us, the voters, decide.... Read more

Don’t let local governments into the electricity business without a vote

April 24, 2010
Gilroy Dispatch

Government should not be allowed to go around us on such important decisions especially when it can mean spending millions of public money or incurring public debt. That is why I support Proposition 16. It is our public money and our problem if things go wrong - we should get a say. Join me in supporting Yes on Proposition 16 to ensure that our voices are heard. ... Read more

Backs Prop. 16

April 24, 2010
Fresno Bee

Proposition 16 would close the loophole and ensure voting taxpayers have the final say. No longer will government be allowed to spend public dollars to start up or expand a retail electricity business without checking with us first.... Read more

Passage of Proposition 16 would give voters final say

April 20, 2010
The Union

When it comes to making a long-term commitment of millions of public dollars, we must protect our right to have a say. This June election, we have that opportunity. Proposition 16 will let us, the voters, decide. ... Read more

Vote yes on Prop. 16: Public’s money belongs to public

April 18, 2010
North County Times

CRAIG BAUMANN, San Diego Tax Fighters: Across the state, politicians are saying to voters, "Trust us," to decide whether local governments should risk millions or billions of dollars getting into the retail electricity business. Just a few weeks ago, more than a million Californians said, "Not so fast." The Taxpayer Right to Vote Act - Proposition 16 - qualified for the June ballot with the support of 1.1 million Californians... Read more

Be heard on utilities issues, Protect our energy system - Yes on Prop. 16

April 17, 2010
San Francisco Chronicle

Local government does some things exceptionally well, but the Bay Area Council does not believe there is any demonstrated need to allow virtually every local government or agency in California to borrow or spend an unlimited amount of public funds to enter the electric power business without a vote of the people first.... Read more

Prop. 16 gives voters their say

April 14, 2010
Mercury News

Right now, there's a loophole in the law that allows local governments to go around voters and get into the electricity business without voter approval...We can change that by voting Yes on Proposition 16 — The Taxpayers Right to Vote Act. ... Read more

Prop. 16 would protect taxpayers from power grabs

April 11, 2010
Sacramento Bee

Willie Brown: Decisions to take on additional debt or use taxpayer money to fund big programs – such as a government takeover of electricity service – need voter input. That's why we need to vote yes on Proposition 16 on June 8.... Read more

Proposition 16

April 6, 2010
Globe Newspapers

Clinton Killian: However you feel about government-run power, almost all of us agree we should have the right to vote on how our money is spent... Prop 16 should be approved.... Read more

Letter to the Editor: Support Prop 16

April 2, 2010
Merced Sun-Star

I am a supporter of Proposition 16 for the simple reason that I believe that we need a say before government can spend our money to get into a sometimes very expensive and risky business like retail electricity.... Read more

What California Leaders Are Saying About Prop 16

March 31, 2010

Click here to read What California Leaders Are Saying About Prop 16...... Read more

Prop 16 - Taxpayers Right to Vote Act - will give voters the final say

March 30, 2010
Fox & Hounds Daily

Proposition 16 - the Taxpayers Right to Vote Act would simply require that voters have the final say if a local government chooses to spend public money or incur public debt to create a government-run electricity business.... Read more

Asian Business Association Support Prop. 16

March 30, 2010
Asian Week

Remember what it was like to have a voice in government? Well you still can. During the June 8 elections, take it in your own hands to vote yes for Proposition 16 – The Taxpayers Right to Vote Act. ... Read more

Two-thirds vote should be needed to let government start a utility

March 29, 2010
Mercury News

The California Taxpayers' Association supports [Prop. 16] because it would empower the public and give taxpayers more control over how their money is spent... When you fill out your absentee ballot or go to the polls on June 8, please vote "yes" on Proposition 16.... Read more

Proposition 16 is a yes for California taxpayer voice

March 27, 2010
Contra Costa Times

A lot of ink has been spilled in the newspapers about Prop 16. Opponents would have us believe that it would affect clean energy projects or create problematic administrative blockades — but both of these claims are false. Prop. 16 will not affect renewable energy projects at all — clean energy has a clear exemption in the bill — and the two-thirds majority vote is no different from any other approval requirement currently in place in California.... Read more

The Asian Business Association of Los Angeles: Support Prop 16

March 25, 2010
Asian Week

The Asian Business Association of Los Angeles is writing this letter in support of Prop 16. The Taxpayers Right to Vote is critical to keeping California from reckless spending that can happen when government controls businesses. As a business association representing Asian American business owners it is a smart vote for our members to requiring government to get voter approval before they can borrow or spend public dollars to create retail electricity.... Read more

BOMA San Francisco Endorses Proposition 16

March 19, 2010
BOMA SF

BOMA San Francisco is supporting Proposition 16 because it is in our best interests as commercial property owners to have reliability and predictability of electric power service for our buildings, our tenants, and their customers and clients. Nothing is more important than reliable power. Changing the source of that power is something that should not be done without overwhelming support of all customers.... Read more

Voting on public power: Proposition 16 ensures taxpayers’ choice

March 15, 2010
Capitol Weekly

Prop 16 changes that – it empowers voters to approve public investments in new municipal electricity businesses--just like they have the power to make decisions on other important uses of taxpayer dollars. It’s a simple idea, built on California’s history, but an important one.... Read more

Prop. 16 gives voters final say on public power

March 12, 2010
The San Francisco Examiner

Right now, politicians are required to seek voter approval before they borrow money for most tax and bond decisions. But they are free to spend or borrow a virtually unlimited amount of public money on forays into the retail electricity business, with taxpayers obligated to repay the debt. And if the venture goes bad, then drastic rate hikes and a taxpayer bailout could easily follow. The Taxpayers Right to Vote Act, Proposition 16 on the June ballot, will give voters the voice they need.... Read more

Prop. 16 would force cities to think

March 8, 2010
The Bakersfield Californian

Allan Zaremberg, president and CEO of the California Chamber of Commerce: Requiring a vote will ensure that the complicated and risky choice to create a government-run electricity business gets the public discussion it deserves. These are long-term deals that can commit generations to hundreds of millions of dollars of debt. And to pay for them, more cuts in local programs might be required or, perhaps, even new taxes or fees. The voters need to be allowed to weigh the promises of benefits versus the real risks and costs of failure.... Read more

IBEW Local 1245 in support of Prop 16

March 3, 2010
IBEW Local 1245

One political issue that our members in California are watching very carefully is a state ballot initiative, Proposition 16, which guarantees taxpayers and utility customers the right to vote on any proposed municipalization of utility services. Local 1245's support for Proposition 16 has to do with supporting good government...... Read more

Cal Chamber Urges Support for Prop 16

March 1, 2010
CA Chamber of Commerce

The California Chamber of Commerce is a strong supporter of Proposition 16, The Taxpayers Right to Vote Act, and is asking local chambers of commerce and other members to endorse this important measure on the June ballot.... Read more

Bee editorial wrong on Proposition 16

February 10, 2010
Modesto Bee

I would think every taxpayer -- including The Bee -- would want to ensure that politicians receive our approval before entering such risky and costly endeavors. The Bee is wrong to think this initiative stops local choice; it actually ensures it. The Taxpayers Right to Vote Act gives voters the power to prevent future tax and fee hikes, cuts to priority services and mounting debt.... Read more

Let voters have a choice

January 26, 2010
The Fresno Bee

The Taxpayers' Right to Vote Act would simply require that voters have the final say if a local government chooses to spend their public money or use public debt to get into a government-run electricity business.... Read more

No green light for energy plan

January 26, 2010
The Marin Independent Journal

NORTH BAY Leadership Council's members are committed to cutting greenhouse gas emissions and fighting global warming. What our council's members don't support is bad public policy and a lack of fiscal responsibility.... Read more

PG&E initiative ensures choice

January 24, 2010
The Sacramento Bee

Police and sheriff's departments are being slashed, emergency response times are getting longer and fire stations are being closed to help balance budget deficits. That's why it's so important to pass the Taxpayers Right to Vote Act on the June ballot.... Read more

Paid for by Yes on 16/Californians to Protect Our Right to Vote, major funding from Pacific Gas and Electric Company and CA Business PAC, sponsored by CA Chamber of Commerce, a coalition of taxpayers, business and labor.