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San Francisco Tries to Rally Public to Buy Piece of PG&E

  • City creates website touting $2.5 billion offer for local gear
  • Bankrupt company has rebuffed offers for bits of its grid
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Beset by fires, bankruptcy and blackouts, PG&E Corp. now faces a marketing campaign from government officials in its hometown bent on replacing the utility giant.

San Francisco has launched the “Our City, Our Power” campaign to rally public support for buying PG&E’s local wires and taking over electricity service within the city. It includes a website asking residents to sign up in favor of the effort, arguing the city can provide better service.