Sunday, December 14, 2008

4 second action to stop PG&E - deadline Sunday

Action:
1) Click here: http://www.marinij.com/index.html.
2) V
ote "NO" to the "Daily Poll" question: "Should there be a countywide vote on the clean energy proposal?" 
3) Done.

Background from Eric:
The Marin Independent Journal is polling to see if there is support to force a countywide vote on Community Choice. A countywide vote would enable PG&E to do just what it did with Prop H in San Francisco, spending millions to kill clean energy through a ballot attack. The Journal will publish the poll results just before a Monday Marin County Supervisors vote on Community Choice in order to pressure them to accept a countywide vote. 

More Background in email below.

From: Sue Spofford <suespof@comcast.net>
Date: December 13, 2008 1:31:33 PM PST
To: Sue Spofford <suespof@comcast.net>
Subject: URGENT: Must Vote Today to Block End Run

Marin Clean Energy (MCE) Supporters:

We need your help right now with a quick but important action:  Go to www.marinij.com and vote a resounding "NO" to the "Daily Poll" question, "Should there be a countywide vote on the clean energy proposal?"

 

You'll see the results being tabulated in real time (72 yes vs. 43 no, the last we looked).  They'll be published in Sunday's paper, and could provide a smokescreen for disrupting the MCE vote by the San Rafael City Council on Monday.

 

With that critical vote pending, it looks to us like the IJ and PG&E are attempting an end-run with the lead article in this morning's IJ rehashing the notion of a countywide vote on MCE and inviting readers to respond to the poll.

 

A few of the reasons why a countywide vote is such a bad idea:
  • It would allow PG&E, the IJ and other unprogressive voices (and their money) to dominate the discussion with sound-bite scare tactics, drowning out the careful deliberative process conducted by our elected officials with full public involvement for over a year.
  • It would cost taxpayers at least $1,000,000 to conduct the vote—and MCE supporters untold amounts to counteract the accompanying campaign of misinformation—at the worst possible time for such wasteful spending.
  • MCE already provides for individuals to "vote" on their own participation in the program by staying with PG&E if they choose to.
We need to stop muddying the waters—and get on with clearing the air!  

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

car bailout greenwashing... simple web action to take

Frankly, I'd be delighted to see the US auto industry go under, so they can stop blocking state emission action.

But Congress and Obama are set on bailing it out... so the least they can do is require electric car transitions and not raid the electric car funds in the DOE to pay for the cash flow bailout.  But of course, that is exactly the greenwashing being proposed.  They will vote in the next 1-2 days.  I have little faith they'll make the right decision, but if they do, it could be a miraculous turning point in retooling transportation infrastructure in this country. This links to a great and simple petition/letter writing action. 

http://action.pluginamerica.org/t/5960/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=337


have fun.

- aliza

Friday, December 5, 2008

Fwd: Help take over YouTube.

A quick video watch and comment from you... can take over YouTube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5kg1oOq9tY

...Aliza


"Jon Warnow, 350.org" <organizers@350.org> wrote:

Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2008 17:37:49 -0500 (EST)
From: "Jon Warnow, 350.org" <organizers@350.org>
To: alizawas@yahoo.com
Subject: Help take over YouTube.

Project 350 Updates
350.org

Watch our 90-second animation about 350 and help us take over YouTube with climate videos!
Also, check out these videos too: one from Friends of the Earth and another from Grist.org
Aliza,

It's 3 in the morning in Poland and I need your help with an experiment.  Can you take 2 minutes watch an animation and help take over YouTube?
A little background: starting a week ago, a few members of the international 350.org team have converged for the annual UN Climate Conference.  It's a little crazy here--over 9,000 people representing 190 countries have gathered to negotiate our collective future.  Things are changing by the hour, and there's both bad news and good news to report.  

The bad news first: lots of countries still don't get it, and some (most notably, the EU) are using delay tactics to postpone action, squandering time that scientists say we simply do not have.

Now for the good news: over 49 of the least developed countries (that's more than a quarter of the world's nations) just announced support for a 350 target.  This is AMAZING, as last year a 350 goal wasn't even on the map.  It's testament to your hard work--and the very real threats these countries are facing right now--that we've come so far in such a short time.

More good news: there is a movement bubbling up here--scores of people are working with us, both inside and outside of the UN, to campaign for strong climate action in the face of stiff political opposition. This Saturday, we're all going to join hundreds of activists in Poland--and thousands of people around the world--for the Global Day of Action for the Climate.

You can be part of this.  The first option is to look for an action taking place near you on Saturday, December 6th.

The second option is the experiment I referred to: I need your help taking over YouTube with climate change videos, as part of a collaborative campaign with some of our partner organizations.

It's an unconventional tactic, but sometimes, simply getting people to listen and talk makes a difference--that is, if you can get the right conversation going. 
Today, we're asking you to be part of this conversation by commenting on a 90-second animation about 350.  If we can get enough comments and ratings, we can climb the YouTube charts.   With your help, we'll make YouTube all about climate change, even if just for one day.

Our video is a 90-second animation that explains 350--the science, the art, the movement--without using a single word.  I think you'll like it.  Please watch it, comment, and pass it on.

People are always talking about how we need to reach outside the choir.  YouTube is the third most popular site on the internet.  If we can make a splash there, we'll be well on our way to spreading 350 all around the world. 
So please, watch the video today and take a minute to comment on it, and help start a climate conversation.

Thanks for all you do,
Jon and the rest of the 350.org team.

P.S. We'll be reporting on the UN Meetings over the next week--check in with our blog or follow us on Twitter!


350.org is an international grassroots campaign that aims to mobilize a global climate movement united by a common call to action. By spreading an understanding of the science and a shared vision for a fair policy, we will ensure that the world creates bold and equitable solutions to the climate crisis. 350.org is an independent and not-for-profit project.
To subscribe, visit http://www.350.org/sign-up.
Join us on Facebook by becoming a fan of our page.



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Aliza Wasserman
Green Guerrillas Against Greenwash
www.LetsGreenWashThisCity.org
510-717-6599

"If you think mitigated climate change is expensive, try unmitigated climate change."

- Dr. Richard Gammon, University of Washington, on the steps of the US Congress, 6/28/99


"Campaign finance reform is climate protection."
-
anonymous, 2007

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Saturday Greenpeace Action... Biking Gang?

Hey green guerrilla gang,

The action is James Bond style of streaming photos of climate actions from around country to the halls of the UN climate convention in Poland. pretty cool to have such direct communication with Obama and UN climate negotiators. Obama generally supports climate policy, but he is not attending nor sending a delegate, so I think he needs to see that we want US to get back to the international bargaining table asap. And why not use a 50 foot banner drop to do that. Action is Saturday at noon at Crissy Field.

You can RSVP to Greenpeace -- which already has about 500 rsvps and is aiming for 1000 San Franciscans - at
 http://members.greenpeace.org/event/view/3057/.

Want to bike over there in a group?  
Drop me a line if you want to meet at 16th and Mission at 11, or if you want to be picked up somewhere near the wiggle route.

Should, at the very least, be fun to be surrounded by hundreds of people similarly concerned!!

peace n action,
aliza


Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Gigantic International Postcard To Obam on Climate

Hi Green Guerrilla Network -- 

The awesome folks at Greenpeace and Sierra Club are organizing a very cool international stunt with decentralized actions to send a message to Obama's administration that climate action must be an immediate priority. Easy to plug in,,, just show up next Saturday Dec 6 at noon at Crissy Fields.  Drop a line if you want to roll over there together. 

peace n action,
Aliza


Giant Postcard To Obama at UN Climate Conference

This December, world leaders will be meeting in Poznan, Poland for the UN Climate Change Conference to decide the next steps on tackling global warming. It's a perfect opportunity for President-elect Obama to send a clear message to the rest of the world that the U.S. is ready to be part of the solution. That's why on December 6th Greenpeace members will be joining people throughout the world for an International Day of Action for Climate Solutions. In the U.S., we'll be holding rallies and taking photos at iconic locations in over 30 cities to send a message to the President-elect that the American people support strong action on global warming.

What better way to send that message than with a massive 30 by 50 foot postcard -- letting our world leaders know that here in San Francisco we're ready for climate solutions! And, they'll know it's from us because we're posing in front of the Golden Gate Bridge.

We'll have a few speakers, then we'll take a massive group photo with our custom made 30 x 50 ft. banner. The very next day, our Greenpeace activists in Poland will deliver the message to climate negotiators that Americans are ready for climate solutions.

Show President-elect Obama you're serious about global warming and RSVP for the day of action in San Francisco today.

If you have any questions, you can contact Anna Wagner at anna.wagner@sfo.greenpeace.org
<mailto:anna.wagner@sfo.greenpeace.org>

Saturday -- December 6th @ 12:00 PM



=======================================================
Aliza Wasserman
Green Guerrillas Against Greenwash
www.LetsGreenWashThisCity.org
510-717-6599

"If you think mitigated climate change is expensive, try unmitigated climate change."

- Dr. Richard Gammon, University of Washington, on the steps of the US Congress, 6/28/99


"Campaign finance reform is climate protection."
-
anonymous, 2007

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Thoughts on Prop H losing & Potluck Debriefing... so we never lose again.

Hey Green Guerrillas and Prop H supporters --

As you now know, Prop H went down with 41% of the vote in favor, and 59% against.  In many regards this is a terrible defeat and deserves to be analyzed for the flaws of the policy design and campaign.  In other regards, you could argue that the flaws are secondary given that $10 million can confuse people into thinking apple pie is un-American.

We only needed another 10% points to win.  That means, PG&E spent $1 million for each of the percentage points that led to our defeat.  Alternately - PG&E spent $169,491 for each 1% point they got, and we spent $1,512 for each of ours.  And that is a pretty remarkable testament to how strong our message is resonating with San Franciscans who we were able to reach.  Without fail, every single San Franciscan I spoke to over the last three months of campaigning --- I was able to talk into seeing why the No on H message was deceptive and they ended up supporting Prop H.  But we can not expect to personally reach all voters, and PR money rules. And we were outspent on PR by 16,100%. 

We need to debrief the lessons learned from this campaign -- to ensure that the next round of climate policy -- including Community Choice -- has a real chance to pass, and to pass soon. We simply do not have the luxury of time to wait. 

(On a personal level, I am sick of losing.  I am officially resigning from volunteering (and taking pay cuts to volunteer) on loosing campaigns. I'll re-enlist once I see a solid campaign structure underway. This is not a progressive pipe dream to eternally fight for. This must get implemented in the next 3 years or the millions who will die in the next rounds of Katrinas are our moral fault - so I believe a solid campaign strategy is our ethical responsibility. Soapbox exit left.)

I invite any and all of you to a potluck debriefing -- where we will talk through the victorious aspects of this campaign and develop lessons learned for moving forward. Let's submit these ideas to the Board of Supervisors and local stakeholders.  If you are interested in attending, please drop me an email and then I'll send a few times around to see what days works for most.   There is a Locavolts meetings that Bay Localize is organizing for Nov 13 6-9 pm at Glide Memorial Church -- which will be a great time to have regional conversations of this nature.  But we need to also have a Prop H-specific debrief to dig in to the details.

Some of the glorious moments of the campaign:
--  Hosting Voter Guide Booths around the City to allow folks to choose from a wide variety of slate cards -- all of which had Yes on H endorsements.  Geoff's brilliant idea here helped us give out several thousand guides right as people were stepping in to vote.
-- CAKE concert for Prop H!  Julian D pulled a fun and high-profile coup that helped us reach a demographic beyond the politicos.
--  Wind turbine installations on PG&E headquarters!  This original Green Guerrilla idea was taken to a wonderful new level with all of the contributions from Global Exchange, Greenpeace, and myriad of volunteers. While the mainstream media did not provide the attention it deserved, we created a picture perfect collaborative action, and at least Channel 7 news covered it.  
-- California Students and Yes on H/No on 8 Rallies!  Renee, Nina and Global Exchange organized over 200 college students for a lively PowerVote/California Students/Yes on H rally, and several of you (sorry, not sure who) organized the No on 8 rally with high-profile speakers including Leno, Leal, Peskin, Holland, etc...
-- News coverage in the New York Times Blog and dozens of other blogs and media outlets.  We never got positive media coverage in the local mainstream media (and that is a primary topic I want to analyze in our debriefing) -- but we managed to do so with the NYT -- which called Prop H and Community Choice:  "California's Clean Energy Revolution" and instead of simply parroting PG&E's talking points, noted that the motivation is PG&E's  paltry renewable levels.  A big shout out to the Guardian and Fog City who have been steady and long supporters -- and who deserve credit for many of the 41% of the votes we won. 

A final shout out to my Green Guerrilla comrads and network of supporters -- you have been amazing beyond words. You have funded sticker runs, designed fliers in the middle-of-the-night, descending upon PG&E HQ, and did a million of the little and far-less-glamorous things that need to get done like walking precincts. With a $0 budget, you helped 41% of San Franciscans voice their call for robust and affordable green energy. Who knows what future policy this might help become reality.

Let me know if you are interested in a pot-luck debriefing.
With more thoughtfulness and preparation, I see no reason why our city can't make this clean energy revolution a reality... Yes we can.

In peace and action,
Aliza



Sunday, November 2, 2008

Today::: Biking & Movie watching for Change!

Hey Leaguers, Green Guerrilla Network & Prop Hers!  
 
Today is your last weekend day to help pass some of the most progressive candidates and policies ever. 
So let's spend it in style....
 
-  Bike ride for change!   If the weather holds up, we'll start in the Mission and ride through the Bayview -- to give out Pissed Off Voter guides to tons of new voters coming out for Obama -- and offer suggestions on all the other measures like B, H, and 8. This district is historically ignored by campaigns -- but Obama and PG&E has been mobilizing like crazy here -- so let's make sure to let folks know about the all the other opportunities to vote for change!    Then, we'll roll to a swing district of either Avalos or Mar -- and do visibility and help them out for an hour or so.  We'll also swing by El Rio and make sure everything is set for our election night party.  
 
Movie Watching for change!   If the weather turns rainy let's hit up a couple malls to give out literature... and then sneak in to a movie in the late afternoon!    There is no rule against taking a few hours to relax... so let's do it!    
 
Let's start this action at 11 am at Global Exchange HQ (MIssion at 16th), and folks can join in throughout the day at whatever time works for you.   Please give me a call with your expected time of arrival -- so we can make sure to bring enough literature. 
 
Wanna join the action?!   
 
- Aliza
 
Drop a line!    510-717-6599

Friday, October 31, 2008

We're in the NY Times & Comedy Central! & Last Chance To Have Fun & Pass Prop H!

Hey Green Guerrillas --

So many of you have been calling to see how to get involved this weekend!  Right no!!
The Green Guerrillas will buy a free shot at our Election Night party at El Rio for everyone who shows up this weekend to help out!!   No other campaign gives out CAKE tickets and shots... we're making this easy on you ;)

Will you show up on Saturday at 10 to make this happen?!   Enjoy Halloween tonight and stumble on by tomorrow at Mission and 16th for a day of visibility. Longer list of what's going on is pasted below. Please give June or me a call (510-717-6599) with what time estimate you plan on coming by -- so we can make sure to have the food and materials and outreach plan ready for you to go and make a difference! 
 
ALSO -- Check out the latest media coverage -- including a New York Times piece on Prop H as California's Clean Energy Revolution and  KTVU coverage of our guerrilla action installing turnbines on PG&E HQ this week!!  Also, the  Yes on H/PG&E is f^@g over the city commercial played at 11:30 last night on Comedy Central. We're pissed that the Chronicle didn't show up for our event that had so many superlatives (most amount of money ever spent on SF election, largest renewable policy ever considered; first construction of wind turbine on PG&E's HQ;) --- but at least the NYTimes acknowledges this policy's worthiness, which we have to be stoked about, given our half-a-shoestring budget.  And here are more of Jerry's pics and blog posting, Fog City,   and longer video clips of our stunt in the Guardian blog. 

peace n action n free shots,
~~ aliza

Election day is rapidly approaching - it's time to give it all you've got for the SF Clean Energy Act (Prop H)!

You can stay out of the rain and still help Prop H this weekend.

If it's raining too much to go out and do precinct walking, join us indoors at the Prop H Action Center at Global Exchange's office at 2017 Mission street, 2nd Floor (Near 16th & Mission Streets BART).  We'll be making phone calls to voters, blogging for Prop H with a blog jam/blitz, writing letters to the editor, monitoring the radio and calling in to talk radio shows, and making banners. We'll have food and drinks to keep us going throughout the day. 

We'll be there both Saturday November 1st and Sunday November 2nd from 10am - 5pm each day. Come for a couple hours or stay all day!

For those who'd like to brave uncertain weather, we can still send you out in pairs to walk key precincts and drop literature,  to put up window signs or to do visibility at busy intersections.

Please RSVP to let us know you'll be joining us this weekend.
Contact: June at 415-618-9076 or email june@sfcleanenergy.com  to RSVP

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Monday, Nov. 3

Please set aside this final day before the election to spend the whole day with the "Yes on H" campaign.  Starting as early as 6am and going into the night, we'll be doing visibility, handing out literature at key spots, making phone calls and walking key precincts. We'll plug you into a mix of your favorite activities.  Please spend as much of the day with us as you can whether you can join us for a few hours or all day!    Please RSVP to let us know you'll be there so we can plan for this big final pre-election day.  Contact: June at 415-618-9076 or email june@sfcleanenergy.com  to RSVP

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ELECTION DAY Tuesday, Nov. 4

All Day 
7am-8pm on Election Day we'll be doing visibility for Prop H, GOTV and monitoring the polls to make sure all goes okay.
Please RSVP to let us know you'll be there so we can plan for election day.  
Contact: June at 415-618-9076 or email june@sfcleanenergy.com  to RSVP

After  8pm, after the polls are closed, join us at  our Election Night Victory Party with the League of Young Voters and others at El Rio bar on Mission Street.

LET'S MAKE IT A VICTORY!

GET BUSY HELPING PROP H NOW!


Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Photos & Report back from today's kick ass action!

Hey Green Guerrilla Network & Prop H Outreach!

Today was amazing!!   You guys are incredible!!
Check out the attached photos from Woody and this blog posting by Jerry.
We had 50 people out there helping to install 3 wind turbines on PG&E's headquarters.
PG&E had prepared for us and barricaded their opening plaza. We are flattered.
There were half a dozen media outlets covering the event -- including KTVU/Channel 2 and 36, Fog City Journal, KPFA, and the Guaridan.  Chanel 2 - our primary mainstream target -- said we made a compelling argument -- so check out tonight's evening news and copy it if you can! We also sent follow up press info and photos to over a dozen publications -- so keep your eye out for any print coverage tomorrow. 

Below is the final press packet with some of the latst campaign developments.  

And with 6 days left to pass this amazing policy -- let us know what day and time you want to pass out literature and guides.  We have pub crawls happening nearly every day... and rush hour visibility too. Drop a line to coordinate a time to contribute!

best,
aliza


The press packet included this FAQ on Prop H and the Op-Ed from Fiona Ma and Mark Leno supporting Prop H

For Immediate Release                                                                           Contact:  Aliza Wasserman 510-717-6599
PRESS RELEASE                                                                                    Wednesday October 29, 2008 

PROP H WIND TURBINES INSTALLED ON PG&E HQ 
PG&E's record-breaking $9.9 million opposition to Prop H obstructing San Francisco's chance for renewable and cheaper energy

SAN FRANCISCO --  In front of PG&E's downtown headquarters at 77 Beale St. at Market, three twelve-foot wind turbines were constructed by citizens eager to see Prop H pass and begin a green jobs and affordable green energy future.   On Wednesday, October 29 from 12:00 to 12:30pm about 50 citizens wearing green hard hats and worker overalls descended on PG&E's headquarters and constructed the wind turbine art installations. PG&E provides the City with only 2% wind energy, and 1% solar, and has a total renewable portfolio of 14%, while Prop H would move the minimum renewable and clean energy mandate to 51% in a decade, 75% by 2030 and will maximize all available and affordable renewable energy possible by 2040. The City has already conducted a feasibiity study with Navigant Consulting, finding that the City can achieve 51% of its energy from efficiency and renewables in a decade - via Community Choice Aggregation - at rates that meet or beat PG&Es. That finding was used by the Supervisors to write Prop H renewable energy targets that are robust, pragmatic and affordable.

The polls must be tight.  No on H campaign finance records show that PG&E has spent $9.9 million to oppose H – which is the largest amount of money ever spent on a San Francisco ballot measure and more than any candidate campaign, according to SF Dept of Elections campaign records. PG&E had already spent $5.5 million on the No on H campaign by early October.  PG&E then paid for a poll of the City and within 9 days paid $4 million more to the No on H (made in two installments on 10/07 and 10/16). The Yes on H campaign has used only $61,059 and has relied on the extensive list of endorsing organizations and citizens to get out the word.  Over the last week, the Yes on H campaign has intensified its outreach – including a rally of hundreds of college students at SF State on Saturday and a No on 8/Yes on H rally with Assemblyman Mark Leno on Sunday.  

Prop H is the most robust renewable energy policy ever seriously considered in the country, and yet is more modest than Al Gore's recent call to America to achieve 100% renewable energy in a decade.  Prop H authorizes the City to achieve the renewable energy targets in the most cost-effective and pragmatic means necessary – including Community Choice Aggregation and public power – the latter of which generates wind and solar energy at rates that are 10% and 49% cheaper than private utilities' rates – according to the California Energy Commission ("Comparative Costs of California Central Station Electricity Generation Technologies," CEC 12/07).

VISUALS:   Workers in green hard hats and overalls constructed three wind generators and began to erect them – evoking the image of the WW II victory photo,  Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, illustrating the historic opportunity Prop H offers our country for secure energy.  The $9.9 million that PG&E has spent to oppose Prop H were visually depicted by ten large burlap sacks of money.   

WHO: Around 50 citizens from across the City volunteered their time for Prop H.  Many are members of the 35 community organizations endorsing Prop H, including Green4All, Greenpeace, SEIU Joint Council, Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, SF Tenants Union, SF Women's Political Committee, Global Exchange, Sierra Club, Green Guerrillas Against Greenwash, Urban Alliance for Sustainability, and Senior Action Network. 

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About Prop H: 
Prop H directs the SFPUC to analyze the best way of achieving these renewable energy mandates.  If PG&E agrees to achieve these mandates at competitive rates they can remain the energy provider for the City.  If PG&E does not achieve these mandates, Prop H includes accountability mechanism by authorizing the Mayor and Board of Supervisors to work with the SFPUC to analyze the best mechanism for achieving these goals, including Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) and public power.  

About the Cost & Opportunity for Green Job Development From Prop H
Energy policy consulting firm Navigant Consulting researched CCA and confirmed that the City could attain 51% of its electricity from renewables and efficiency at rates that meet or beat PG&E's. Yet the City has not acted on this opportnity yet.  In California, wind power is 10% cheaper, and solar PV is 49% cheaper when generated through public power compared to privately generated power such as PG&E, according to the California Energy Commission's "Levalized Cost Report" released December 2007.  "Publicly owned plants are the least expensive because of lower financing costs," confirms the CEC. The data demonstrates this consistency for renewables as well as conventional combine energy that is 8% cheaper than PG&E's private rates.  

Over 4.2 million U.S. jobs could be created by 2038 if the U.S. electricity grid transitioned to 40% renewable energy, according to the U.S. Conference of Mayors' New Green Jobs Report released on 10/2/08. Prop H is a major policy opportunity to start this national green job development (and explicitly directs the PUC to develop a comprehensive job development plan) which is seen as a huge economic opportunity during this economic crisis.  Nationally-renown green job proponents – including Van Jones of Green for All- are endorsing Prop H as a model policy for the country to follow.  Other green job endorsers include: Literacy for Environmental Justice, Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice, and the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights.

Endorsements
Prop H is endorsed by the SF Democratic Party, the SF Green Party and over 35 major organizations including the Sierra Club, SEIU Joint Council, Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, SF Tenants Union, SF Women's Political Committee, SF League of Conservation Voters, ACORN, League of Young Voters, Senior Action Network, and Global Exchange.  There are dozens of political leaders endorsing Prop H including Assemblymembers Mark Leno and Fiona Ma, Former Mayor Art Agnos, eight members of the Board of Supervisors, and five Board of Education Commissioners. Endorsing energy policy experts include Former SFPUC General Manager Susan Leal and nationally acclaimed professor Bill McKibben.  

More information about Prop H is at:   www.SFCleanEnergy.com






Pictures of Prop H Turbine Installation at PG&E HQ

Dear Supervisors & Mayor ---

We had 50 people attend today's Prop H wind turbine installation at PG&E's HQ and a half dozen media outlets.  The energy was high... and the people of San Francisco are so excited to see this level of renewable energy.  We thank those of you who are supporting Prop H... and are still deeply disappointed by those of you opposing.  If PG&E's $9.9 million misinformation campaign confuses the public from voting in their interest for a renewable and secure energy future -- we hope you will prioritize immediate next steps to build the SF renewable energy future we all need -- such as re-prioritizing all the work already underway for Community Choice.  We look forward to hearing from you about your next steps are. 

Best,
Aliza & Green Guerrillas Against Greenwash


For Immediate Release                                                                           Contact:  Aliza Wasserman 510-717-6599
PRESS RELEASE                                                                                    Wednesday October 29, 2008 

PROP H WIND TURBINES INSTALLED ON PG&E HQ 
PG&E's record-breaking $9.9 million opposition to Prop H obstructing San Francisco's chance for renewable and cheaper energy

SAN FRANCISCO --  In front of PG&E's downtown headquarters at 77 Beale St. at Market, three twelve-foot wind turbines were constructed by citizens eager to see Prop H pass and begin a green jobs and affordable green energy future.   On Wednesday, October 29 from 12:00 to 12:30pm about 50 citizens wearing green hard hats and worker overalls descended on PG&E's headquarters and constructed the wind turbine art installations. PG&E provides the City with only 2% wind energy, and 1% solar, and has a total renewable portfolio of 14%, while Prop H would move the minimum renewable and clean energy mandate to 51% in a decade, 75% by 2030 and will maximize all available and affordable renewable energy possible by 2040. The City has already conducted a feasibiity study with Navigant Consulting, finding that the City can achieve 51% of its energy from efficiency and renewables in a decade - via Community Choice Aggregation - at rates that meet or beat PG&Es. That finding was used by the Supervisors to write Prop H renewable energy targets that are robust, pragmatic and affordable.

The polls must be tight.  No on H campaign finance records show that PG&E has spent $9.9 million to oppose H – which is the largest amount of money ever spent on a San Francisco ballot measure and more than any candidate campaign, according to SF Dept of Elections campaign records. PG&E had already spent $5.5 million on the No on H campaign by early October.  PG&E then paid for a poll of the City and within 9 days paid $4 million more to the No on H (made in two installments on 10/07 and 10/16). The Yes on H campaign has used only $61,059 and has relied on the extensive list of endorsing organizations and citizens to get out the word.  Over the last week, the Yes on H campaign has intensified its outreach – including a rally of hundreds of college students at SF State on Saturday and a No on 8/Yes on H rally with Assemblyman Mark Leno on Sunday.  

Prop H is the most robust renewable energy policy ever seriously considered in the country, and yet is more modest than Al Gore's recent call to America to achieve 100% renewable energy in a decade.  Prop H authorizes the City to achieve the renewable energy targets in the most cost-effective and pragmatic means necessary – including Community Choice Aggregation and public power – the latter of which generates wind and solar energy at rates that are 10% and 49% cheaper than private utilities' rates – according to the California Energy Commission ("Comparative Costs of California Central Station Electricity Generation Technologies," CEC 12/07).

VISUALS:   Workers in green hard hats and overalls constructed three wind generators and began to erect them – evoking the image of the WW II victory photo,  Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, illustrating the historic opportunity Prop H offers our country for secure energy.  The $9.9 million that PG&E has spent to oppose Prop H were visually depicted by ten large burlap sacks of money.   

WHO: Around 50 citizens from across the City volunteered their time for Prop H.  Many are members of the 35 community organizations endorsing Prop H, including Green4All, Greenpeace, SEIU Joint Council, Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, SF Tenants Union, SF Women's Political Committee, Global Exchange, Sierra Club, Green Guerrillas Against Greenwash, Urban Alliance for Sustainability, and Senior Action Network. 

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About Prop H: 
Prop H directs the SFPUC to analyze the best way of achieving these renewable energy mandates.  If PG&E agrees to achieve these mandates at competitive rates they can remain the energy provider for the City.  If PG&E does not achieve these mandates, Prop H includes accountability mechanism by authorizing the Mayor and Board of Supervisors to work with the SFPUC to analyze the best mechanism for achieving these goals, including Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) and public power.  

About the Cost & Opportunity for Green Job Development From Prop H
Energy policy consulting firm Navigant Consulting researched CCA and confirmed that the City could attain 51% of its electricity from renewables and efficiency at rates that meet or beat PG&E's. Yet the City has not acted on this opportnity yet.  In California, wind power is 10% cheaper, and solar PV is 49% cheaper when generated through public power compared to privately generated power such as PG&E, according to the California Energy Commission's "Levalized Cost Report" released December 2007.  "Publicly owned plants are the least expensive because of lower financing costs," confirms the CEC. The data demonstrates this consistency for renewables as well as conventional combine energy that is 8% cheaper than PG&E's private rates.  

Over 4.2 million U.S. jobs could be created by 2038 if the U.S. electricity grid transitioned to 40% renewable energy, according to the U.S. Conference of Mayors' New Green Jobs Report released on 10/2/08. Prop H is a major policy opportunity to start this national green job development (and explicitly directs the PUC to develop a comprehensive job development plan) which is seen as a huge economic opportunity during this economic crisis.  Nationally-renown green job proponents – including Van Jones of Green for All- are endorsing Prop H as a model policy for the country to follow.  Other green job endorsers include: Literacy for Environmental Justice, Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice, and the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights.

Endorsements
Prop H is endorsed by the SF Democratic Party, the SF Green Party and over 35 major organizations including the Sierra Club, SEIU Joint Council, Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, SF Tenants Union, SF Women's Political Committee, SF League of Conservation Voters, ACORN, League of Young Voters, Senior Action Network, and Global Exchange.  There are dozens of political leaders endorsing Prop H including Assemblymembers Mark Leno and Fiona Ma, Former Mayor Art Agnos, eight members of the Board of Supervisors, and five Board of Education Commissioners. Endorsing energy policy experts include Former SFPUC General Manager Susan Leal and nationally acclaimed professor Bill McKibben.  

More information about Prop H is at:   www.SFCleanEnergy.com


Monday, October 27, 2008

Breaking News

Hey Green Guerrillas, Leaguers, and local energy advocates!

I gotta admit, I was losing all hope on Prop H
We were being outspent by PG&E so drastically, that I didn't think we had a chance. 
But new info indicates that with a little more effort we just might win this monumental renewable energy policy!

Check it out:   
  • PG&E's No on H campaign spent $5.5 million dollars through September and had $342,000 remaining in the bank.  The Yes on H! folks, to date, have raised a total of $61,059.  So PG&E's remaining pocket change was still 500% more than our war chest in early October.  Then, PG&E did a poll.  The $30,000 tab for the poll is just one of the juicy facts I found in the latest (and attached) campaign finance report.  
  • They must not have liked what the poll said, because PG&E promptly threw down $4 million in cash within 9 days!  This brings PG&E's total spending to oppose H to $9.9 million.  
This shows that even with PG&E's $5.5 million misinformation campaign -- the Yes on H! votes were likely neck-and-neck or in the lead just a couple weeks ago!   We were able to break through PG&E's lies even with our shoe-string budget.  So I now have genuine and grounded hope that with just a few hours of Y/OUR time  --- we can all combat their latest $4 million, and get our city to pass the most robust renewable energy policy ever passed in the world.  Seriously.  This will make headlines around the world.  If it passes -- this will be THE MOMENT IN HISTORY that we can look to and say that was when America stopped its reckless ways and started to take the renewable energy revolution seriously.  That has got to be worth a few hours of y/our time.  

And There are More Hopeful Signs: Many folks have been laying the groundwork for excellent late stage visibility. Now we just need a couple of your hours to make it happen.  Just yesterday, we had a segment on Channel 7 news about the morning action for Prop H that 200 college students rallied with amazing flare!!.  Today, there was a Yes on H/No on 8 rally in the Castro as well as a truck painting party to make our own mobile billboard!  Nearly every day of the week, there are Yes on H visibility efforts happening at BART stops and festivals in our target districts. We are endorsed on nearly every slate card in the city (Dems, Sierra Club, LGBT, Guardian etc.).  Last week, Mark Leno and Fiona Ma wrote an excellent Op-Ed in the Chronicle about Prop H, and many of you have been keeping the blogs and letters to the editor full of Prop H info.    Great work everyone!!  You're making a difference!!  
 
WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN & WHAT DAY ARE YOU INVESTING in PROP H? 
1) We are planning one more big action to gain favorable media. It's this Wednesday at noon in downtown SF. We will do a bit of street theater and erect three large wind turbines in front of PG&E's headquarters!!  Can you attend this lunchtime action?!  

2) We need to reach the moderate democrats who are not reading the slate cards and are just seeing the $9.9 million of No on H PR.  We have tons of powerful literature and banners -- and need your time to get it out there.  A group of people are meeting up nearly every morning to do visibility at key transit spot from 7:30 am to 9 am.  You can reach 400 people and likely change 50 votes, in this brief time slot.  Also, June created a detailed map of strategic neighborhoods that need attention --- so whatever time of the day you have available to invest in Prop H -- she can connect you with where you can have the most impact.  Call her (415-425-3733) to let her know what time this week you can make this happen! 

3) Pub crawls for Prop H!  We'll join forces with The League of Pissed Off Voters for regular pub crawls to pass out our voter guides. People love getting these guides... and we got 25,000 copies to go around!  Today, Monday, the pub crawl is in the Polk street neighborhood. Wanna join for this, or other pub crawls?  As Jeremy put it, "desperate times call for desperate measures... let's drink!"  Drop a line to Jeremy (510-207-9745) if you want to be added to the pub crawl outreach list ;) 

4) Pass along this invite to your friends who might want to get more involved with supporting historic campaign!  

SO WHAT DAY ARE YOU COMMITTING TO BE A PART OF THIS GROUND-BREAKING POLICY? 

peace n action! 
aliza
510-717-6599

P.S.  

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Election Night Party... and last actions....

Hey Green Guerrilla Network --

Let's start with the celebration!     Election Night party at El Rio.... big screen, DJs, crazy crowd... come join the celebration of everyone's amazing work on all types of issues! 

One Last Kick-Ass Action Planned!  We're teaming up with Greenpeace & Global Exchange for one last kick ass chance to get good media attention for Prop H!   I can't share the details over this listserve, but you can play a huge role in making it a success.  If you're interested, give me a call 510-717-6599.   This may very well be our very last Green Guerrilla action. ever.  So we'd love to do it up with our core supporters... i.e. YOU!

There is so much that can still be done for Prop H over the next two weeks.  Below is a great list of opportunities from the official Prop H listserve.  Find out what time on your calendar you can contribute, and there will be something to do.  And give us a call to let us know you're interested in, so we can hook you up with other Green Guerrilla networkers.   

peace n action,
aliza


Yes on H: The San Francisco Clean Energy Act
With less than two weeks until the election, now is the time for everyone to pull out the stops for Prop H! Over the next four days, please help out at the activities listed below:

Thursday, Oct. 23 
7:30am-9:00am
at 24th & Mission Streets BART
Outreach to morning commuters. We'll be visible with our "Yes on H" signs and be distributing both our newsletter and our English-Spanish bi-lingual piece.
Contact: June 415-425-3733 or Geoff 734-883-9172

Thursday, Oct. 23
7:00pm-8:30pm
at 580 Hayes (between Laguna & Octavia)
Evening Phone calling (to your preference of volunteers and/or voters)
Contact: Darrow at 415-618-9074

 
Friday, Oct. 24
7:30am-9:00am
at Civic Center (Polk and Grove Streets, near the "Bike Energizer Station" outside City Hall)
Outreach to morning commuters
We'll be next to the "Bike Energizer Station" outside City Hall (Polk and Grove Streets) & also nearby at the Civic Center Muni & BART stops depending on how many of us there are and where the most heavy foot traffic is.
Here's info about the Gas-Free Fridays' bike energizer station which we'll be setting up near:
http://www.sfbike.org/?independence
Contact: June 415-425-3733 or Geoff 734-883-9172


Saturday, Oct. 25
10:00am
meet at the home of Kevin Danaher & Medea Benjamin at 1519 Sanchez St (between 29th and Valley)
Precinct walking in Noe Valley area, south part of District 8
We'll have some morning snacks (bagels & cream cheese, fruit juice, coffee & tea) and from there we'll go out in pairs to walk precincts and drop literature (we should be all done by 1pm)  

Please RSVP to let us know you'll be there so we have enough materials for everyone.
Contact: June at 415-425-3733 or email june@sfcleanenergy.com to RSVP


Sunday, Oct. 26
11:00am
at corner of Castro & Market Streets
 "No on 8, Yes on H!" Rally followed by precinct walking
The Prop H campaign will be joining up with the Harvey Milk & Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Clubs for a "No on 8, Yes on H!" Rally, followed by precinct walking to get the word out on both these important Propositions.
Susan Leal and others prominent leaders will speak at the rally.
Please RSVP to let us know you'll be there so we have enough materials for everyone.
Contact: June at 415-425-3733 or email june@sfcleanenergy.com to RSVP


ANYTIME
If you're up for doing some phonecalling, contact Darrow at 415-618-9074 and he'll run a phone bank at 580 Hayes for whatever times people indicate they are available to make calls.  If the location doesn't work for you, contact Darrow at 415-618-9074 or email dlsprague@gmail.com and he can get you a phone script and list of voters phone numbers to call from your own phone.

Or if you'd like to do some precinct walking other than the times and locations listed above, contact June at 415-575-5542 or email june@sfcleanenergy.com and she can get you your own precinct map and Prop H literature to distribute for where and when it's most convenient for you.

Want to help put up Prop H signs?
contact June at 415-575-5542 or email  june@sfcleanenergy.com

Or help out doing data entry and campaign office work?
contact June at 415-575-5542 or email  june@sfcleanenergy.com

See you soon!
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Aliza Wasserman
Green Guerrillas Against Greenwash
www.LetsGreenWashThisCity.org
510-717-6599

"If you think mitigated climate change is expensive, try unmitigated climate change."

- Dr. Richard Gammon, University of Washington, on the steps of the US Congress, 6/28/99


"Campaign finance reform is climate protection."
-
anonymous, 2007

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Obama says Yes on H!

We were just walking by the Ferry Building, and there he was. Obama. Sporting a Yes on H sticker, no less.   He's much taller and thinner than expected. 
     .... Aliza & GGAG.... 




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Aliza Wasserman
Green Guerrillas Against Greenwash
www.LetsGreenWashThisCity.org
510-717-6599

"If you think mitigated climate change is expensive, try unmitigated climate change."

- Dr. Richard Gammon, University of Washington, on the steps of the US Congress, 6/28/99


"Campaign finance reform is climate protection."
-
anonymous, 2007

Monday, October 13, 2008

The funniest clip ever. really.

Guys ---  

This is the funniest video ever.  ever.
Ok, maybe I don't get out much in YouTubeVille, but at least the funniest Prop H video ever.   Watch it, crack up, rank it highly, and then circulate it to your networks!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZuwXSbb6WA

- Aliza



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Aliza Wasserman
Green Guerrillas Against Greenwash
www.LetsGreenWashThisCity.org
510-717-6599

"If you think mitigated climate change is expensive, try unmitigated climate change."

- Dr. Richard Gammon, University of Washington, on the steps of the US Congress, 6/28/99


"Campaign finance reform is climate protection."
-
anonymous, 2007

Respond to SF Chron This Morning

Hey Green Guerrillas!

This mornings Chronicle says economic crisis might delay action on climate change.   This is a great chance to respond with info about how Prop H and moving to renewable energy economy will save us money.  Anyone up for sending in a Letter to the Editor?  There is a 25% chance of any LTE getting published -- so if 4 of us send one in, we're very likely to get covered.  Below is my letter --- and feel free to use it as your own.  It's OK to duplicate talking points, it just has to get in front of them.

- Aliza


Dear Editor -

"If you think mitigated climate change is expensive, try unmitigated climate change."  Since spoken on the steps of Congress by Dr. Gammon in 1999, this truth has become undeniably apparent with Katrina, Ivan etc. smacking us in the face.  San Francisco has a monumental opportunity to make the change to renewable energy infrastructure -- which guarantees savings in the long term by getting us off of skyrocketing costs of gas and builds a model policy that dramatically reduces emissions.  Prop H, San Francisco's Clean Energy Act, is our once in a lifetime opportunity to make this switch to affordable and safe energy. Don't let it pass us by.  Vote Yes on H.

-
Aliza Wasserman
3277 B 21st St, SF

"If you think climate change is expensive
Paying to mitigate the climate crisis is going to cost far less than

Fiscal woes could delay climate change efforts
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2008/10/13/MNO313EQ65.DTL

Send LTEs to:
letters@sfchronicle.com
Word limit is 200. Shorter letters have a better chance of being selected for publication.


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Aliza Wasserman
Green Guerrillas Against Greenwash
www.LetsGreenWashThisCity.org
510-717-6599

"If you think mitigated climate change is expensive, try unmitigated climate change."

- Dr. Richard Gammon, University of Washington, on the steps of the US Congress, 6/28/99


"Campaign finance reform is climate protection."
-
anonymous, 2007

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

New Prop H Video

Check it out!






Tuesday, September 30, 2008

WED: Reverend Billy Preaches for Prop H!

We just got a invite, looks like Rev. Billy is in town to talk about Prop H!

Children,

Fret not about coming economic and climate disasters. The good Reverend is coming to soothe your troubled soul and to preach the good news of Prop H and 100% clean energy for San Francisco.

Changealujah!!

http://www.revbilly.com

REVEREND BILLY w/ Mike V.
This Wednesday, October 1st
8:00 PM
Noe Valley Ministry
1201 Sanchez Street at 24th, San Francisco
Parking available. We encourage bikes and MUNI
$10 or pay what you can

Don't miss this family friendly event.

For more info on Prop h visit http://sfcleanenergy.org

And check out www.revbilly.com for more information about his California tour.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Critical Mass Tonight - Join Us !!!











Hey Friends...

If you are able, please join us tonight at Critical Mass.  We just printed 2,000 of the above stickers and the goal is to plaster the city with them over the next few weeks.  We are hoping to enlist fellow bikers tonight at Critical Mass to help in the cause.  Come out and join us!! It's looking like it will be a beautiful night to go out for a ride with a few hundered fellow bikers.

Where: Justin Herman Plaza (Just look around for us... we'll be handing out stickers)
When: 5:45 tonight, Friday the 26th (the ride dosen't start until 6:30 - so arrive when you can)


If you're staying in for the debate but would like to help in some fashion this weekend, you can join us as we walk the Castro on Saturday to do a Prop H literature drop.  

Where: Global Exchange Office (2017 Mission - Cross street is 16th)
When: 10 a.m. Saturday morning

If you have any questions please feel free to email us at dirtytruth@letsgreenwashthiscity.org 

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Party with CAKE (the band) for Prop H; Critical Mass; Lit drops & More!

Hey Green Guerrilla Network –

Lot's of excitement with the Prop H campaigning.  Join in!

  • Come precinct walk with us and win a FREE ticket and access to a pre-party with CAKE!  For every precinct you walk – you get an extra raffle ticket and increased odds for winning.  This Saturday is our day to target swing districts with our beautiful & powerful new literature and window signs. Meet up at Global Exchange office (2017 Mission, cross is 16th) at 10 am on Saturday.   Spread the word…. And drop me a line if you might make it, and let me know what type of bagel will motivate you.  We have a great outreach plan – and we need all of us to execute it!
  • Brand new stickers mocking PG&E and promoting PG&E will be released to the public for Critical Mass this Friday!  Meet up at 5:30 on Friday in front of the Noah's bagels store. After-mass-party and BBQ at the Sanchez office on Valencia and 21st. You in?! 
  • Come Party for Green Jobs & Prop H this Saturday!  DJ Rizzo, Hip Hop Congress, Youth Speaks artists and lots more!  A national day of action for green jobs must be celebrated in style. Check out the details!
  • Prop H in the news... both good & bad. Great coverage on our groundbreaking climate opportunity via Prop H is popping up all over -- including Bill McKibben's video blog posting, the exposure of PG&E funding the  and today's story quoting Green Guerrillas's exposure of PG&E's greenwashing via museum sponsorship.  We may or may not hit up that event this weekend.  There is a sad article in the AsianWeekly about "Chinese Community Says No to Prop H"- which clearly comes straight out of PG&E's PR office. PG&E pays people to blog and comment against this prop -- and we need volunteers like you, people who genuinely believe in the cause -- to counter. Let us know if you want to be part of the Rapid Response Media team.
So much going on!  But most important... Can you come to Critical Mass and/or Literature Dropping on Saturday ?

- Aliza & Green Guerrillas Against Greenwash

P.S. If you can't make this Friday or Saturday – but have other times available to help – drop a line and we'd love to find a way to plug you in, so that you can be part of making history and passing the most dramatic climate policy to date!



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Aliza Wasserman
Green Guerrillas Against Greenwash
www.LetsGreenWashThisCity.org
510-717-6599

"If you think mitigated climate change is expensive, try unmitigated climate change."

- Dr. Richard Gammon, University of Washington, on the steps of the US Congress, 6/28/99


"Campaign finance reform is climate protection."
-
anonymous, 2007