Energy consultant Emmitt James Simpson stood alone in front of the dais at San Francisco City Hall late last month, trying to save his $90,000 contract. Simpson had been hired in August to study the feasibility of public ownership of San Francisco's electric utility and to write an objective report on his findings. Staring down at the hapless consultant were his bosses, Neil Eisenberg and Jake McGoldrick, members of the Local Area Formation Commission, an entity charged with exploring public power... More >>>