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'''San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Measure E''' will appear on the June 3, 2008 ballot in [[San Francisco County, California ballot measures|San Francisco]], [[California]]. It requires confirmation by the Board of Supervisors of the mayor's appointments to the Public Utilities Commission.
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{{tnr}}A '''San Francisco Confirmation Required of Mayoral Appointments to the Public Utilities Commission, Measure E''' ballot question was on the [[June 3, 2008 ballot measures in California|June 3, 2008 ballot]] in [[San Francisco City and County, California ballot measures#June 3|San Francisco]], [[California]], where it was '''approved.'''<ref>[http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/05/16/BAHM10LRJG.DTL&type=politics ''San Francisco Chronicle'', "S.F. voters face ballot measures", May 17, 2008]</ref>
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Proposition E requires confirmation by the [[San Francisco Board of Supervisors]] of the mayor's appointments to the Public Utilities Commission. Proposition E also changed the process for appointing board members by requiring a majority of the supervisors to vote in favor of an appointment; whereas, under the previous law, supervisors were not required to approve an appointment but they could reject an appointee if they so chose by a two-thirds vote.
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Proposition E also requires that each seat is held by someone with particular experience or expertise in areas including environmental policy, consumer advocacy, project finance and power, or public utility management.  
  
 
Proposition E was placed on the ballot after a protracted battle between the Board of Supervisors and Mayor Gavin Newsom. The fight was over two of the mayor's appointments to the five-member San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, which oversees the city's water and power system as well as its sewer and water treatment operations.  
 
Proposition E was placed on the ballot after a protracted battle between the Board of Supervisors and Mayor Gavin Newsom. The fight was over two of the mayor's appointments to the five-member San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, which oversees the city's water and power system as well as its sewer and water treatment operations.  
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According to the [[San Francisco Chronicle]], "The supervisors held up one appointment and rejected another, largely because of Newsom's controversial decision to fire PUC General Manager Susan Leal. Some supervisors also consider Newsom, and by extension, the commission, unfriendly toward public power initiatives that would allow the agency to develop sources of energy and deliver electricity. With this ballot measure, some supervisors are seeking to flex their muscle in guiding PUC appointments, and presumably policy."
 
According to the [[San Francisco Chronicle]], "The supervisors held up one appointment and rejected another, largely because of Newsom's controversial decision to fire PUC General Manager Susan Leal. Some supervisors also consider Newsom, and by extension, the commission, unfriendly toward public power initiatives that would allow the agency to develop sources of energy and deliver electricity. With this ballot measure, some supervisors are seeking to flex their muscle in guiding PUC appointments, and presumably policy."
  
The measure changes the process for appointing board members. It requires a majority of the supervisors to vote in favor of an appointment; whereas, under current law, supervisors are not required to approve an appointment but they can reject an appointee if they wish by a two-thirds vote.
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==Election results==
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| title = Proposition E
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| yes = 80,489
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| yespct = 51.79
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| no = 74,916
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| nopct = 48.21
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:''These final, certified, election results are from the [http://www.sfgov2.org/index.aspx?page=1787 San Francisco elections office].''
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==Opposition==
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Proposition E was opposed by Newsom, Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier and the Coalition for San Francisco Neighborhoods.  
  
Prop. E also requires that each seat is held by someone with particular experience or expertise in areas including environmental policy, consumer advocacy, project finance and power, or public utility management.
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==Ballot question==
  
Prop. E is opposed by Newsom, Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier and the Coalition for San Francisco Neighborhoods.
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  text = '''Proposition E:''' "Shall the City set qualifications for members of the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and change the process for appointing members to the PUC by requiring a majority of the Board of Supervisors to approve the Mayor's appointments to the PUC?"
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==See also==
 
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* [http://sfpl4.sfpl.org/pdf/main/gic/elections/June3_2008.pdf Official voter pamphlet for Proposition E]
  
* [http://www.sfgov.org/site/uploadedfiles/elections/candidates/Jun2008_LT_AppointmentPUC2.pdf Text of measure] PDF.
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==References==
* [http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/05/16/BAHM10LRJG.DTL&type=politics S.F. voters face ballot measures], San Francisco Chronicle, May 17, 2008
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Revision as of 05:36, 7 January 2013

A San Francisco Confirmation Required of Mayoral Appointments to the Public Utilities Commission, Measure E ballot question was on the June 3, 2008 ballot in San Francisco, California, where it was approved.[1]

Proposition E requires confirmation by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors of the mayor's appointments to the Public Utilities Commission. Proposition E also changed the process for appointing board members by requiring a majority of the supervisors to vote in favor of an appointment; whereas, under the previous law, supervisors were not required to approve an appointment but they could reject an appointee if they so chose by a two-thirds vote.

Proposition E also requires that each seat is held by someone with particular experience or expertise in areas including environmental policy, consumer advocacy, project finance and power, or public utility management.

Proposition E was placed on the ballot after a protracted battle between the Board of Supervisors and Mayor Gavin Newsom. The fight was over two of the mayor's appointments to the five-member San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, which oversees the city's water and power system as well as its sewer and water treatment operations.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, "The supervisors held up one appointment and rejected another, largely because of Newsom's controversial decision to fire PUC General Manager Susan Leal. Some supervisors also consider Newsom, and by extension, the commission, unfriendly toward public power initiatives that would allow the agency to develop sources of energy and deliver electricity. With this ballot measure, some supervisors are seeking to flex their muscle in guiding PUC appointments, and presumably policy."

Election results

Proposition E
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 80,489 51.79%
No74,91648.21%
These final, certified, election results are from the San Francisco elections office.

Opposition

Proposition E was opposed by Newsom, Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier and the Coalition for San Francisco Neighborhoods.

Ballot question

The question on the ballot:

Proposition E: "Shall the City set qualifications for members of the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and change the process for appointing members to the PUC by requiring a majority of the Board of Supervisors to approve the Mayor's appointments to the PUC?"[2]

See also

External links

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References

  1. San Francisco Chronicle, "S.F. voters face ballot measures", May 17, 2008
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.