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May 20, 2010

Letters to the Editor

Prop. 16 benefits utility: Vote “No” on Proposition 16 — “The PG&E Monopoly Act.” This self-serving proposition is a perfect example of a company buying an election for themselves. They are spending about $35 million to buy deceptive, essentially nonstop TV ads. The fliers will hit our mailboxes soon.

Their proposition will enshrine their monopoly in the state Constitution, and for all practical purposes prevent any competition by requiring a two-thirds vote for municipalities (or other community cooperatives) to set up or expand an electricity district.

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Existing municipal power companies like the L.A. Department of Water and Power, Pasadena or Burbank would also be required to get such a vote to expand their service areas to new customers. Many also think these proposed restrictions will slow the expansion of renewable energy.

They are couching their ads under the “Taxpayers’ Right to Vote” banner. This is very deceptive. We already have the right to vote — they just want to prevent competition in utility rates by requiring an almost impossible two-thirds vote.

Note also that these anti-competitive provisions would also apply to SCE and SDG&E and their service areas.

It is almost impossible to get a 2/3 vote on anything in California. Vote “No” on 16.--Rhoads Stephenson, La Canada

Columnist mistaken about Arizona law: Like so many who are not aware of what is actually in the recently passed and strict Arizona Immigration Law, Valley Sun columnist Anita Brenner writes mistakenly that “police have the right to pull over anyone who ‘looks’ illegal.” (“Left. Right. Left. Right.” May 13.)

The Arizona law does not say that, although a lot of Latinos, both legal and illegal, think it does. Even President Obama has stated wrongly that even a person visiting an ice cream shop faces the possibility of being under suspicion as an illegal immigrant with his interpretation of the law.

It is important to know that the Arizona law from Senate Bill 1070 conforms fully with the 4th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which protects against unreasonable search and seizure. Under the law, Arizona police cannot stop anyone merely because of their appearance or ethnic group.

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