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May 25, 2010 11:58 AM by Bethany Tucker

SLO Co. Board of Supervisors could take a stand on Prop 16

The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors could take a stand on Proposition 16 at its meeting Tuesday.

Supervisor James Patterson is expected to present a resolution asking the board to oppose Prop 16. It's a controversial proposition on whether the public should decide if a city or county can enter the power business. If it passes, a two-thirds majority vote from the public would be required before a city or county could start or expand electric service.

So far, Patterson says Pacific Gas & Electric has spent $46 million campaigning for the measure. People against the measure say it's just the company's way of eliminating the competition. But, in release sent to KSBY News last week, the "Yes on Prop 16" campaign said, "Prop 16 focuses on one simple principle, it ensures voters have the final say before local governments can spend public money or incur public debt to develop a government-run electricity business."

The Board of Supervisors is expected to take up the measure after its noon recess Tuesday. That meeting is at the San Luis Obispo County Government Center in San Luis Obispo.

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