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teafortwo
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 8:01:34 AM

Mayor Ed Lee on Wednesday proposed raiding $19.5 million that the San Francisco Board of Supervisors set aside to fund a renewable energy program, his administration saying the money could be better spent on additional streetlights and subsidies for solar panels on homes and businesses.

Lee's surprise move appears designed to gut funding for a program he has long opposed, despite a veto-proof majority of the board in support of it. Supervisors who support the program, CleanPowerSF, were immediately angered.

The program would give consumers the option of paying more for 100 percent renewable energy under a contract with Shell Energy North America, effectively ending Pacific Gas and Electric Co.'s decades-long monopoly on the consumer power market in San Francisco.

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MadFueler
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Message Posted: May 2, 2014 1:08:30 PM

It makes sense to pivot if the current program isn't working, but this mayor is trying to do it single-handedly instead of getting the council and the voters on board first. Now, I'm not an expert in operating through politics by any stretch of the imagination, but even I know this is no way to win friends in government. Time for him to take a step back, breathe, mend fences, and see after that what can be salvaged.
MassGas007
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 6:14:09 PM

Cal No
HorizonChaser
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 12:03:23 PM

Bunch of nuts out there. Another example of why I'd never live in CA.
Fleabite44
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 12:01:52 PM

That's San Francisco politics for you.
traffic cop
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 11:58:29 AM

No surprise. Politicians are always raiding "dedicated funds" for their pet political projects--and constituencies. Like the Highway Trust fund(s).
LanguageMan1
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 11:04:09 AM

Gonna prove interesting, and in San Francisco of all places.
doeslayersr
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 10:42:27 AM

A shred of common sense starting to emerge in San Fran?
egorbcc
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 10:39:20 AM

The mayor is probably right. Raid the money.
buickentury
All-Star Author Madison

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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 10:24:52 AM

radbadtz: Tea Party mayor in San Francisco? Surely you jest.
radbadtz
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 10:17:45 AM

Sounds like a TeaBagger of a Mayor to me.
mitt4prez
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 10:13:48 AM

Lee is the sort of imbecile who, having raided a fund, would publicly wonder why so many of the peasants don't trust govt.
Chem60
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 9:55:21 AM

Sure, raid it now and have nothing for real infrastructure changes needed.
Skunk63
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 9:51:15 AM

Sounds like a man who feels like he needs to stick to a budget.
ModelWarships
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 9:49:25 AM

how about no more subsidies for solar or wind.
JFC
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 9:47:02 AM

San Francisco beats to a different drummer......
twinfanMN
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 9:29:50 AM

Which power company is giving the kickback to which politician? It's the taxpayers who were overcharged it should be their choice. Have something on the next ballot to decide where the money goes
humblepie
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 9:28:11 AM

one plan or the other, both are for renewable energy, whats the diff ?
Hangnail309
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 9:21:40 AM

Be aware of politicians and their plans ...
Point__man
Champion Author Raleigh

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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 9:17:37 AM

so much for democracy; send the Mayor packing and change the cities policies that give so much power to any single person.
velichita
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 9:17:05 AM

Good to know.
fonz08wrx
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 9:11:22 AM

cool
solase
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 8:53:19 AM

Be warry of an politicians plans
Ray_10589
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 8:41:57 AM

Stop the spending .....
teenitup
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 8:41:04 AM

Oh dear! The ultra liberal conundrum! Do we spend other people's money here or do we give away other people's over there???
ByGuy
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 8:37:57 AM

More money?
EdWoods
Champion Author Maryland

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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 8:30:02 AM

Go for it, Mr. Mayor!....
pilotmass
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 8:16:51 AM

Politicians raiding other people's pockets to achieve their goals.

Nothing new there.
YellowDucky
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 8:11:53 AM

It's getting hard to tell what is politically drived and what's not. Because, most is political.
1Casey
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 8:04:25 AM

Why give up?
Why take the easy way?
Money could be better spent if there is not some corrupt dead beat running the program!
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