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Measure B foes, supporters release fundraising statements

Opponents and supporters of a November ballot measure to cut utilities rates in the city released their fundraising statements Tuesday.

The new campaign statements provide information about money raised in recent months up to Sept. 30.

The statements showed that the Yes on Measure B campaign had raised more than six times the money of the opposing campaign in the past few months.

The No on Measure B campaign raised $6,000 by Sept. 30. Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 447 gave $5,000 to the campaign, while the Friends of Steve Cohn for City Council 2010 committee contributed the remaining $1,000.

The Campaign for Common Sense Utilities Rates, which backs Measure B, had raised $39,822 from Jan. 1 to Sept. 30. About $23,000 of that amount was contributions, and about $16,000 came from loans.

Protect Proposition 13, a Santa Monica-based group affiliated with the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, gave $2,500 to the campaign on Sept. 3.

The Sacramento-based California Apartment Association Political Action Committee contributed $3,600 to the Measure B supporters’ campaign in September.

Measure B would eliminate a 9.2 percent utilities rate hike and also link city utilities rates with the Consumer Price Index. The measure states that if the Consumer Price Index increases, then utilities rates could be increased.

The measure would also require the public to vote on utilities rate increases that are higher than the inflation rate.

Read about the debate over the measure here.

Photo by Brandon Darnell.

Kathleen Haley is a staff reporter for The Sacramento Press. 

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