LTE: Business as Usual

(Submitted to the San Francisco Chronicle, 16 September 2002; unpublished.)

The Chronicle's thorough investigation of the history of San Francisco's utility management is a fascinating account of government corruption and back-room dealing.

This is how government operates. Where, exactly, is the rationale for giving it control over more public utilities? They would be run in exactly the same way, to the detriment of ratepayers and taxpayers throughout the region.

Instead, break PG&E's monopoly by allowing private competitors to enter the market.

Chris Maden
Candidate, State Assembly, District 13