Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Stockton Mayor Goes To the Mattresses

Remember the great scene in The Godfather where the Corleone family henchmen hunker down in the family compound during a war among the various crime families in New York? Well, the Stockton Record seems to think that Mayor Ed Chavez's decision to convene a war council behind closed doors to plot strategy against PG&E is eerily similar.

According to the Record, Chavez's secret proceedings violate the Brown Act and that the public has the right to know what is going on with the City's $368 million bid for PG&E's electric utility. The paper does acknowledge that this wuld give PG&E an inherent advantage due to the utility's less than perfect record on playing fair, but the law is the law.

In 2005 a PG&E consultant swiped information from computers at the South San Joaquin Irrigation District (which is involved in a takeover fight of its own against PG&E) and that led to a $400,000 settlement paid out by PG&E last September.