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Around Town

NAME GAMES ... Palo Alto is preparing for a fight against a PG&E-backed ballot initiative that would make it more difficult for cities with public utilities to purchase energy facilities outside the city limits. The ballot measure would require cities to obtain 2/3 voter approval before they could expand service or purchase facilities or transmissions outside the municipal jurisdiction. The proposal, filed under the egalitarian-sounding "The Taxpayers Right to Vote Act," was ultimately renamed "The New Two-Thirds Requirement for the Local Public Electricity Providers" by the state's Office of the Attorney General. On Wednesday, the city's Utilities Advisory Commission voted unanimously to recommend that the City Council oppose the ballot measure. The commission agreed that there is absolutely no reason for Palo Alto to support a PG&E-backed measure that would make it more difficult for the city to purchase backup transmission facilities. "I think the deceptive title that was used was reason enough to oppose it," Commissioner Jonathan Foster said.

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