Don Bauder 9:40 p.m., May 21
The April 5 public meeting at which San Diegans can speak about San Diego Gas & Electric's desire to make customers pay for uninsured fire costs will focus only on the costs of the 2007 fires, according to Timothy Alan Simon, commissioner of the California Public Utilities Commission, who is in charge of the case.
However, the utility is not only trying to get customers to pay for the uninsured costs of 2007 fires; it also wants customers to pick up the tab for FUTURE fires -- in effect, it wants an open checkbook.
Since San Diego Gas was found negligent in those 2007 fires, opponents of the scheme say the costs should be borne by shareholders, not customers. Thus, the future blank checkbook should be discussed April 5, say opponents.
As it is, the cost of bailing out SDGE for uninsured costs of 2007 will cost $450 per meter. The proposed blank check should also be up for discussion, because "the entire application is on the table" at the CPUC, says Diane Conklin of Ramona's Mussey Grade Road Alliance.
The meetings will be at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. April 5 at the All Bahr Shrine Center, 5440 Kearny Mesa Road.