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Vote Slated On Hetch Hetchy Repairs

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors plans to vote tomorrow on a $1.6 million bond measure that would revamp the aging Hetch Hetchy water system that serves 2.4 million residents. The board also plans to decide between two Charter amendments to enable the city to buy electricity, build power plants and allow for the shutdown of a power plant owned by Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

One of the measures would provide an elected body to govern the city´s water and power system and allow the city to takeover PG&E´s distribution system. The second measure would allow the city to issue revenue bonds to buy PG&E´s transmission lines if a study finds electricity rates will not increase above current levels. All measures would require majority voter approval to become law.