SAN FRANCISCO – Key Filipino American organizations and community leaders assembled in the West Bay Pilipino Multi-Service Center on Oct 3 to voice strong opposition to Proposition H on the November 4 ballot.
College Board member Rodel Rodis, District 11 supervisor candidate Myrna Lim and Bay Area Rapid Transit Board member and AsianWeek President James Fang spoke out against what they called the “very risky investment” of Prop H. The Filipino American Democratic Empowerment Council and Filipino American Political Association also opposed the measure.
“This prop is back, and it is under a new name, but it is the same rotten apple,” announced Rodis, highlighting the proposition’s appearance on the ballot for the third time in the last 6 years, all under different names. “It is wrong, and I urge the Filipino and Asian American community to reject this prop.”
If passed, Proposition H will transfer the city’s utilities from the control of PG&E to City Hall. Community leaders expressed outrage over the proposition’s transfer of authority to supervisors to issue revenue bonds without further approval from voters, which Laura Choi, organizer for the No on H campaign, called akin to “giving the city a blank check.”
Myrna Lim, a candidate for District 11 supervisor, called the measure “not practical.”
“The government can’t even fix the potholes on the street, so how are they going to take a multi-billion dollar industry like PG&E if they can’t even provide the viable services for its people,” said Lim, who claimed it will cost the city $4 billion to take over and $20 million in revenue loss for the transfer from PG&E.
Lim also called the language of Prop H “a sham” because it claims to provide green energy for the city; Lim pointed out it only accounts for non-nuclear energy.
“The way the proponents structured this proposition is misleading people,” Lim said. “Using buzzwords and taking advantage of misinformed people is why the Filipino and Asian communities need to educate themselves.”