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On December 20, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) turned down an attempt by San Diego Gas & Electric (SDGE) to get ratepayers to cough up for uninsured costs of the 2007 fire, for which the utility was found responsible. Former Commissioner Alan Simon had tried a slick maneuver to bury a decision favorable to SDGE, but it was discovered, and the other commissioners wouldn't go along. Long time CPUC watchers were skeptical; they said SDGE and CPUC would sneak it through when the public was't looking. Today (Feb. 27) SDGE's parent, Sempra Energy, filed its annual report with the Securities and Exchange Commission. SDGE states it believes it is "probable" that it will stick ratepayers with a portion of the costs for the uninsured fire costs. However, in this filing, the utility hedges: it says that if it decides it can't get ratepayers to pick up the tab, it will have to take a charge for those costs.

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Anon92107 Feb. 27, 2013 @ 1:04 p.m.

This is out of control, the fact is that the CPUC, SCE and Sempra are getting away with gross criminal corruption, incompetence and threats against public safety (nuclear and fire) and it is way past due time that Gov. Brown gets off his dead ass and rebuild the CPUC and protect the people of California.

Fukushima must be a warning to everyone in California that it can happen here, San Onofre and fires are proving it.

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Don Bauder Feb. 27, 2013 @ 3:04 p.m.

Anon: You wait and see: in clandestine fashion, SDGE will someday get the CPUC to approve having ratepayers cough up for uninsured costs of the 2007 fires for which SDGE was found negligent. SDGE lost in December, but will sneak the proposal in again, and win. As soon as the public finds out (and it will), people should get fighting mad. Best, Don Bauder

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Anon92107 Feb. 27, 2013 @ 3:20 p.m.

Most disastrously for San Diegans, far too many people believe the fear, greed and hate propaganda that Manchester's U-T publishes daily. Manchester knows first and foremost that Goebbels was right, and he uses the same manual of editorial style just as successfully.

Even our education system, the best in history, is not able to educate enough of us to think for ourselves when it is most important to protect our families and future from lies that are repeated daily by Manchester and his board of sycophants.

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Visduh Feb. 27, 2013 @ 7:51 p.m.

Are Manchester and his Mill really molding public opinion to any major degree now? The circulation is down and dropping, and even long-time subscribers laugh at the editorial stance. If there is some other source of misinformation, it is the TV stations. Has anyone looked closely at what they are, who runs them, and what their biases might be? It is easy to ignore the hit-and-miss TV news reporting, but it is all that many voters get, and influences them greatly.

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Don Bauder Feb. 27, 2013 @ 8:20 p.m.

Visduh: Trouble is, the TV stations steal the stories from the U-T. And those U-T stories are distorted, often simply untrue, and placed in print to push Manchester's agenda, not for any news value. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Feb. 27, 2013 @ 8:17 p.m.

Anon: At least, we have to admit it: as soon as he took over, Manchester said in effect that the U-T would be a propaganda organ. He told us. Best, Don Bauder

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MURPHYJUNK March 1, 2013 @ 7:59 a.m.

I wonder what SDGE is paying their lobbyists ( hookers ) these days ?

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Don Bauder March 1, 2013 @ 8:35 a.m.

Murphyjunk: It's possible you could find out how much SDGE/Sempra is paying lobbyists either in SEC or CPUC records. I do think that number is available. Best, Don Bauder

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Visduh March 3, 2013 @ 9:54 p.m.

From time to time, companies have told the stockholders that pending lawsuits and other matters with financial impact were without legal merit. Yet while they were making such claims, they were also setting up reserves for the eventuality that the suits would go against them. About twenty years ago a number of cities sued the various hand gun manufacturers for causing crime and costs. I really don't remember how those suits played out, but I don't think the manufacturers were driven out of business by the settlements (if there were any), and they may have paid nothing. One such company, Sturm Ruger, was telling its stockholders that the claims had no merit, and no legal standing. But while it was making those claims, it was also setting aside a large reserve for the settlement of legal claims for those very suits! Hey Ruger, which is it? Do you owe the money, or not? If you do, why not tell the stockholders about it? If you really don't, why, oh why, are you subtracting $ millions from your income to fund these reserves?

In this case, Sempra isn't apparently making any moves to establish reserves to cover these contingencies, so that would at least show some actual confidence that it will eventually go their way. Or am I missing something here?

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Don Bauder March 3, 2013 @ 10:10 p.m.

Visduh: Before the CPUC decision denying SDGE's bid for making ratepayers cough up for uninsured costs of the 2007 fires, Sempra was confidently saying in its SEC filings that it was probable that it would win the decision and ratepayers would get horse-whipped. After the negative decision, it is STILL saying it believes it will win. That means it has more tricks up its sleeve. However, in this latest filing, Sempra said that if it does NOT get the CPUC's OK to rape ratepayers, it will have to take a charge.Best, Don Bauder

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