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FINAL ELECTION RETURNS

S.F. Measures to Seize PG&E Assets Still Undecided

November 08, 2001

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two ballot measures that would let San Francisco seize Pacific Gas and Electric Co.'s local transmission lines and plants were still too close to call Wednesday pending a count of thousands of mailed-in absentee ballots.

Without those ballots, Proposition F was leading 56,008 votes to 53,760 votes: 51% to 49%. That measure would expand the city's utilities commission and let an elected board decide whether to buy the necessary PG&E infrastructure to generate and provide the city's electricity.

A competing proposal, Measure I, was losing by the same percentage: 49% to 51%, with 52,524 votes for and 53,865 against. It would create an independent municipal utility district with an elected board that would contemplate the same decision for San Francisco.

Some 5,500 absentee ballots were taken Tuesday to an auditorium across the street from City Hall as part of an emergency plan in case of an anthrax scare.

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