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LET THE PUBLIC SPEAK: On Santa Rosa council vote on power agency

EDITOR: There is something suspicious about Sonoma Clean Power's attempt to rush everyone on board. Each town should be provided with every detail, no matter how small, and have input on this project. It is in the interest of their constituents that they be able to make a well-informed decision and to have continuing input in this process.

I applaud Santa Rosa for having the foresight and intestinal fortitude to not just jump on board while being kept in the dark. The fact that there will be costly charges to opt out once a city has signed on raises questions about the integrity of this endeavor.

Every city should follow Santa Rosa's example. If something looks too good to be true, it almost always is.



Exciting opportunity

EDITOR: Sonoma Clean Power will offer competitive rates, cleaner energy, incentives for more solar on rooftops and boost the local economy. Santa Rosa's City Council should vote to ensure its residents don't miss out.

Not every detail of it is set in stone yet; this is by design to enable joining participants to weigh in. Sonoma Clean Power presents an attractive clean-energy option, and if the outcome of the ongoing, more democratic local decision-making process doesn't deliver everything some would demand, anyone who prefers can opt-out back to PG&E.

Sonoma Clean Power was formed as a joint powers authority that shields the cities and county from liability. Extra protections beyond what is necessary have been layered on, providing a triple firewall of protection for local governments and ratepayers. The worst-case scenario would simply put us back to where we are now, stuck with only PG&E.

The status quo locks us in with PG&E, forced to pay for nuclear power and rate hikes and left unprotected with no ability to opt out at all.

I work in Santa Rosa and see the greatest risk being a City Council vote that would deny residents and businesses their right to choose the exciting opportunities of Sonoma Clean Power.

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