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Reporter kicked out of PG&E debate

A reporter for the San Francisco Bay Guardian was escorted out of a debate on Prop. 16, the June ballot measure that would limit the creation or expansion of government-owned power agencies, the Guardian reports.

Oddly enough, reporter Brady Welch had been invited to the debate by state Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, an opponent of the measure. The Guardian is also well known as a critic of PG&E, which favors Prop. 16.

The debate was hosted by the Northern California Power Agency, a public agency that represents 15 cities that own their utilities including Palo Alto.

Here’s Welch’s account:

Attorney Terry Francke of Californians Aware, an open government advocacy group, posted the following in the comments section on the Guardian’s Web site:

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