Campbell was speaking at a joint meeting of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo), a city commission with influence over energy policy. LAFCo's chairman, Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, has led the charge for CleanPowerSF, which is seen as a second-best version of one of local progressives' political holy grails: a municipalized "public power" system to replace PG&E.
Campbell suggested requesting that bidders strive to meet the city's goals, rather than requiring them to do so. But Mirkarimi said this suggestion makes him "uneasy," and warned that softening the requirements now could lead to a program "almost completely unrecognizable from what the original intent of CCA is."
Campbell's suggestion also met with grumbling from public-power activist present at the meeting. One of them, Eric Brooks of the grassroots group Our City, said Campbell's modified program is viewed as "far too lax -- far, far too lax" by the community of advocates that has helped push CleanPowerSF forward.
At the end of the meeting, PUC and LAFCo commissioners voted unanimously to direct city staff to produce a program description that maintained some of the hard-and-fast requirements envisioned for CCA, while allowing flexibility in other areas.
For an in-depth look at the promises and risks of CleanPowerSF, check out our January cover story.