Reaction to Gov. Gray Davis’ State of the State speech:

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The Associated Press

“Governor Davis finally got the message that he needs to be bold in dealing with this energy crisis. He seems to be willing to use the power of the state to stand up to these unregulated power generators that have been choking the state. — Doug Heller, spokesman for the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights.

“I don’t think he went far enough. The major hole in his presentation was addressing the $12 billion debt that has been ginned up by our public utilities since the summertime period.” — Assembly Minority Leader Bill Campbell, R-Villa Park.

“My inclination is that we need some sort of power authority where we have power that we own so this doesn’t happen again.” — Assembly Speaker Robert Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys.

“You don’t get much bolder than eminent domain and the state power authority. There’s not a hell of a lot else left. — Senate President Pro Tem John Burton, D-San Francisco.

“Obviously the missing piece in tonight’s speech is how you actually keep the investor-owned utilities from going bankrupt…. He’s going to have to be nimble and flexible over the next two-to-three weeks in order to stave off bankruptcy by investor-owned utilities.” — Assemblyman Fred Keeley, D-Boulder Creek.

“Let’s say the state seized our power plants – not an additional kilowatt would be produced. The issue is California has a supply problem. — Tom Williams, a spokesman for Duke Energy.

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