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Feb 23 – Monthly Meeting – San Onofre, What Happens Next? Martha Sullivan Explains

The struggle to Keep San Onofre Shut was an epic victory of citizen activists at every level of government over the massive government-industrial nuclear power complex. While we savor this sweet victory, major work still remains: at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and other state agencies, advocating for ratepayers and the 21st Century green energy economy vs. Southern California Edison’s (SCE) and San Diego Gas & Electric’s (SDG&E) corporate interests; and at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), as SCE’s plans for decommissioning San Onofre are laid, including the continuing storage there of tons of highly radioactive nuclear waste Come learn about the activist work that done towards San Onofre and is still ongoing, and how this alters the energy landscape elsewhere in the county where decisions are being over the objections of residents – such as the natural gas-powered “peaker” plant in Otay Mesa. Want to take action? Click here to download details for San Onofre refunds. Download Martha’s presentation (PDF). Martha Sullivan Martha Sullivan co-founded the San Diego County Democratic Party (SDCDP)’s …

Sep 21 Join 350.org: Draw the Line on the Keystone Pipeline

Please join 350.org to TELL PRESIDENT OBAMA: KEEP YOUR PROMISES ON CLIMATE CHANGE. REJECT THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE! As the date approaches when President Obama will have to make a decision on the Keystone Pipeline, which would bring dirty tar sands oils from Canada down to the Gulf of Mexico, actions around the country every month remind the President that we are watching him closely. WE ARE RAMPING UP THE PRESSURE. On Sept 21 a 350.org national day of action called “Draw the Line on the Keystone Pipeline” will mobilize climate activists here in San Diego and in hundreds of cities across the U.S. WHEN: Saturday, September 21, 10:30am – 12:30 pm WHERE: San Diego Federal Building – meet at the corner of Front St & west F st. Downtown RSVP NOW Facebook Can you help us make this HUGE? Invite friends, family, co-workers Put up flyers and posters Ask organizations to endorse the action and let their supporters know about it Help plan the event – email us Attire: Please wear business casual. We’ll give …

Don’t Make Us Pay For Your Mistakes at San Onofre

To be delivered to: Mayor Bob Filner, Mayor of San Diego, Jan Goldsmith, San Diego City Attorney, and Greg Cox, Chairman County Board of Supervisors. The utilities companies botched repairs at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. Now the plant is closed, and the utility companies want California customers to pay over $500 million for the ill-fated repairs. We say the utilities companies should pay, not consumers. That’s why I signed a petition to Mayor Bob Filner, Mayor of San Diego, Jan Goldsmith, San Diego City Attorney, and Greg Cox, Chairman County Board of Supervisors, which says: “Utilities companies want California homeowners to pick up the tab for their mistakes at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. With the plant now closed, these companies are trying to pass on to consumers hundreds of millions of dollars in costs for the ill-fated repairs. We are asking elected city and county officials to intervene with regulators on our behalf. These companies should be held accountable. Customers should not have to pay for corporate mistakes. Sign the petition …

Ratepayers – Penalized Again?

SDG&E is proposing that ratepayers pay for the mistakes made at San Onofre. Rate payers were not responsible for the failures at San Onofre.  There are provisions for handling such liability issues in the commercial code that involve the circle of liability of those responsible for the failure. I am not personally familiar with the detailed technical issues and all of the parties involved in the failures that have resulted in the projected financial costs.  However, it would appear that under standard commercial liability provisions the financial responsibilities would be assigned proportionately to the manufacturer, the design agent, the consultants involved in quality assurance along with other enterprises involved in the series of processes that ultimately led to these failures.  Any remaining financial liability that cannot be absorbed by the responsible commercial parties would accrue to the shareholders – not the ratepayers. This is the time for our local officials to take the initiative to assign costs to the responsible parties. Such an initiative would enjoy a groundswell of support from our citizens and ratepayers.  …

SDG&E Plans to Levy Additional Charges to Your Utility Bills

Here’s a letter that was sent to Todd Gloria after a meeting at the Uptown Democratic Club on June 25, 2013 Todd: Thank you for speaking at, and taking questions at the Uptown Democratic Club last night. …and thank you for listening to my question about SDG&E and SCE passing the cost of their $4,000,000,000.00 mistakes on to the ratepayers instead of the shareholders as you would expect a corporation with a major loss to have to do. I was perplexed about why I was the only one in the room that got the SDG&E “love letter” (attached) telling me about the pending San Onofre (SONGS) rate increase. A little research this morning revealed that it only went out to ratepayers who typically use more than 500 Kilowatt hours of electricity per month. I live inland from most of the people in the room and my typical monthly usage is 700-750 Kilowatt hours per month. For lower usage ratepayers the SONGS increase will be about $120 per year. SDG&E already has the highest rates in …