Utility officials across Burbank and Glendale breathed a collective sigh of relief Wednesday after voters rebuffed a ballot initiative that would have limited the ability of municipalities to create or expand public power services.
The Glendale City Council was among the first to formally adopt a resolution opposing the proposition.
"Preserving the right of consumers to choose is one of the cornerstones of U.S. consumer protection law," said John Miller, of the Glendale Water & Power Commission. "And keeping that option available for consumers, I think, is a wise action, protecting them from exploitation of providers."
Bankrolled by Pacific Gas & Electric Company, the state's largest electrical utility, the Taxpayers Right to Vote Act was advertised as evenhanded, altruistic and a money-saving measure for ratepayers and the investor-owned utility.