Another point. Early on, most of the news media were under the delusion that this whole protest against SDG&E was about preventing SDG&E from pulling the plug on the folks in the above-mentioned towns. This was incorrect! SDG&E already has the authority to pull the plug. They did so earlier this month up here — three times. SDG&E needs no PUC ruling for this.
However, what they do need is a rule modification that gives them tort immunity from doing so. This means that they can pull the plug and be free from lawsuits!! Great strategy.
So, in a nutshell, SDG&E pulls the plug when certain weather criteria are met. We sit in the dark for 24 hours or longer. A small fire starts and begins to gain momentum. Firefighters arrive only to find that there is no water in the fire hydrants to draw from.
Yes, firefighters have 1000 gallons on board, but how long is that going to last on a quarter-acre fire pushed along in a 50-mile-per-hour windstorm? Small fires don’t stay small in 50-mile-per-hour winds.
The handwriting is on the wall, folks.
In all probability, SDG&E is going to get their tort immunity. Many people in the county are going to pay for this insanity, with more than their checkbook. Little wonder that the PUC is called the largest rubber stamp in California.
No one person, no entity or corporate structure should ever be given full immunity from anything they do. No one, not no way, not nohow.
Not Richard Nixon, not Union Carbide, not Exxon, and not SDG&E. Everyone needs to be held accountable for their actions, no matter how altruistic or well meaning their intentions.
Valley Center/Pauma Valley
On September 10, the PUC rejected SDG&E’s power shut-off proposal, although giving SDG&E the opportunity to file a new plan. — Editor
Just Another Money Grab
Reference is made to the article entitled “They Have No Concrete Proof,” (“City Lights,” September 3) by Dana Wyant, regarding the couple who did concrete work at their home in Rancho Peñasquitos. Assuming what was related is factual and true, then the action taken by the City of San Diego is outrageous and unfair. It smells of just another creative and shameless way the City digs into its taxpayers’ pockets.
On another parallel, Sunroad Enterprises was found at fault when their Centrum 12 edifice, which was built next to Montgomery Field, exceeded the height restriction. How much was Sunroad required to deposit into the City’s piggy bank in fines?
September Isn’t Winter
A small but important bit of information (“Best Buys,” August 20). John Hoffman of Grangetto’s Farm and Garden Supply gave Eve some bum info. Winter squash are not planted in September. They are winter squash because they are hard shell and keep in a cool place for over a year. I have one butternut and one spaghetti squash left from last fall’s harvest, which was about 45 pounds of squash total. Plant them right at the same time as other squash. Gardens are wonderful, particularly for the food and tranquility they offer.
Occasionally I find P.S. Mueller’s cartoons in your publication. The last one was truly pathetic!! They are not only poorly drawn but have no humor attached to them. Hopefully you are not paying Mr. Mueller for these pathetic and amateurish cartoons. I am a cartoonist myself and have been drawing for over 40 years. Mine are funny and far better looking than Mr. Mueller’s. I would be more than happy to send some to you for your viewing pleasure. How about it?