Andy the Illuminary to Challenge Larry the Lightbulb |
Oregon Public Power Coalition supporters will rally on February 12, 11:00 a.m., on the corner of S.W. Salmon Street and 1st Avenue to display to Enron (disguised as PGE) their signatures to put creation of a Multnomah County People's Utility District (P.U.D.) on the ballot. The Coalition's mascot, Andy the Illuminary, will challenge Enron lackey, Larry the Lightbulb, to a debate on utility rates and on such Enron schemes as "Death Star," "Ricochet," and the one that describes Larry himself: "Fat Boy."
Coalition supporters will then proceed to the Multnomah County Elections Office at 1040 S.E. Morrison Street, to turn in reams of completed purple petitions.
Placing the P.U.D. measure on the ballot on September 16, 2003, requires 7219 valid signatures of registered voters who live in Multnomah County, according to the county's Elections Office. Over 160 volunteers have collected signatures on the petitions.
"Having a P.U.D. on the ballot will also show Enron that the people of Oregon are serious about reclaiming their electric utility," said Liz Trojan. "Enron should know that, if it does not sell all the PGE assets to an Oregon public body quickly and for a reasonable price, the P.U.D. can acquire those assets by eminent domain, no matter what Enron says or does, even if it adds dozens more to the 30 `restructuring specialists' it has already hired at $860,000 annual salary each."PGE is Enron's largest remaining asset and is a major source of cash for Enron. The Enron bankruptcy itself has already eaten up over $300 million in fees for attorneys and financial experts.
"Enron can dilly-dally all it wants," said Joan Horton. "Then it will face the constitutional powers of a P.U.D., under the direction of an elected board of commissioners with no mission other than to reclaim our utility assets from a corporation famed worldwide for corruption." Linda Williams added: "We, the ratepayers, have already paid over $1.6 billion of PGE's capital costs, in addition to paying all of PGE operating costs and a handsome profit. If we do not secure the utility assets, then this ratepayer investment will be gobbled up by the Enron creditors, mainly Wall Street banks."
Larry the Lightbulb was last sighted huddling with Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling, plotting who knows what.
For more information, consult Oregon Public Power Coalition www.oppc.net
Joan Horton 503-998-0862 firstname.lastname@example.org
Linda Williams 503-224-2647 email@example.com
Dan Meek 503-293-9021 firstname.lastname@example.org