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Mayor Bob Filner announced at the January 2 San Carlos Area Council meeting that he will "take on" San Diego Gas & Electric. Filner also said that he was interviewing to hire an energy advocate to serve the public.

He made those statements while answering a resident's question about undergrounding, the burial of overhead utility lines. 

San Carlos resident Rita McCrerey asked if Filner planned to look into issues such as how areas are selected for undergrounding. She said some undergrounding had been completed on part of Cowles Mountain Boulevard; instead of continuing there, work had proceeded on Madra Avenue in Del Cerro.

McCrerey, one of 50 people at the meeting at the San Carlos Library, said she was told that undergrounding was done because there was a school on Madra. However, there are three schools in her neighborhood, McCrerey said. She claimed she was told that locations were selected because "they knew someone living on the street."

She and the mayor also questioned the need for utility boxes in residential areas. Filner said he needed a memo about these issues. "SDG&E acts like a sovereign entity; they don't really support alternative energy," he said, noting that he needed information to take them on.

"I'm going to every planning group" to collect information, he said, adding that he was the only one of four mayoral candidates not supported by SDG&E "because I say things like that."

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Visduh Jan. 3, 2013 @ 7:59 p.m.

If he actually has the balls to take them on, I'll change my mind about him as SD mayor. It is true that SDGE has had almost no restraint on what they would and would not do for as long as I've lived here. We have been through periods when the company was so unpopular that it stopped putting identification on its vehicles, and its employees feared for their safety out in public. Remember "Welcome to San Diego, owned and operated by SDGE?" It was on bumper stickers all round the county. That was thirty years ago. SDGE has collected fees from every electric bill for decades that was supposed to pay for undergrounding utility lines, and . . . not much has happened along those lines. (Pardon the pun.)

So, Bob, if you really "take them on", what can we long-suffering residents hope for? Lower rates? Less BS? More reliable service? No more excuses that power outages are due to rain? (If rain made electric service impossible, there would be no electric power in most eastern cities, and neither would Portland or Seattle have electricity.) Yeah, yeah, yeah, big Bob, go for it! Get out there and kick their butts with your 70-year old feet, and let them know who's the Man.

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SurfPuppy619 Jan. 3, 2013 @ 9:43 p.m.

Mayor Mo took em on and won, why not Filner...

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Visduh Jan. 4, 2013 @ 10:09 a.m.

She was really taking on So Cal Edison, the potential acquirer of SDGE, and not SDGE itself. Oh, the SDGE board voted to sell out, but that was based on some specious legal advice the members received. Most of them did not want to sell out. All the while, SDGE bumbled along with its sky-high rates, power interruptions, and other nonsense. The by-product of it all was that SDGE then was treasured in a rather weird way by San Diegans, and ceased being a pariah. But as far as how it operated, I saw no positive changes.

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SurfPuppy619 Jan. 4, 2013 @ 12:18 p.m.

Oh, the SDGE board voted to sell out, but that was based on some specious legal advice the members received.

What happened, as I recall fro 25 years ago, was the SDG&E board did NOT want to sell, UNTIL they all received "golden parachutes" worth millions, and at that point their tune changed-to sell!

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Visduh Jan. 4, 2013 @ 8 p.m.

The story as I remember it was that legal counsel advised them that failure to accept the sweet offer for a premium over the trading price of SDGE shares would expose them to huge personal liabilities. The stockholders would easily "prove" that the board had failed to act in the interests of the shareholders, hence the board must accept the offer. That scared the crap out of them, and they accepted. My recollection only, not researched.

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