California Statewide Public Electrical Utility District Initiative (2014)

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A California Statewide Public Electrical Utility District Initiative (#12-0017), an initiated state statute, was approved for circulation in California as a contender for the November 4, 2014 ballot.

Its sponsors, however, did not submit any signatures to election officials by the deadline.

If the initiative had qualified for the ballot and been approved by the state's voters, it would have:

  • Established a publicly-owned California Electrical Utility District to provide electric service throughout the state.
  • This new agency would have replaced most investor-owned utilities, including PG&E, Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas & Electric, and Bear Valley Electric.
  • Exempted the state's existing publicly-owned electric utilities, unless they voluntarily elected to join.
  • Required the new California Electrical Utility District to be divided into 11 wards, approximately equal in population.
  • Established an 11 member board of directors–one member per ward–each elected for 4-year terms.
  • Granted the new California Electrical Utility District the power to acquire property, construct facilities necessary to supply electricity, set electricity rates, impose taxes, and issue bonds.

Text of measure

Ballot title:

Electricity. Initiative Statute.

Official summary:

"Establishes publicly-owned California Electrical Utility District to provide electric service, replacing most investor-owned utilities, such as PG&E, Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas & Electric, and Bear Valley Electric. Exempts publicly-owned electric utilities, unless they voluntarily elect to join. Requires the District be divided into 11 wards, approximately equal in population. Establishes an 11 member board of directors–one member per ward–each elected for 4-year terms. Grants the District the power to acquire property, construct facilities necessary to supply electricity, set electricity rates, impose taxes, and issue bonds."

Fiscal impact statement:

(Note: The fiscal impact statement for a California ballot initiative authorized for circulation is jointly prepared by the state's Legislative Analyst and its Director of Finance.)

"It is the opinion of the Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance that the measure would result in a substantial net change in state and local finances."

Path to the ballot

See also: California signature requirements

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