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Attorney Mike Aguirre today (Feb. 6) sued the California Public Utilities Commission in Superior Court for not disclosing records pertaining to San Diego Gas & Electric's attempt to get its customers to pick up the tab for 2007 wildfire liabilities not covered by insurance. SDGE has told its shareholders it is "probable" it will be able to stick its customers with the costs. In fact, the company has already recorded a hefty sum as a regulatory asset. Aguirre believes SDGE got a secret go-ahead at a CPUC meeting that was devoted to FUTURE customer payments, not past ones. But he is not getting answers from either the CPUC or SDGE.

Also today, the Division of Ratepayer Advocates, which represents consumers, and several public interest groups declared in a CPUC filing that SDGE has failed to justify the need for relief it seeks, and should seek other methods.

Pictured: Witch Creek fire, 2007

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Visduh Feb. 9, 2012 @ 11:22 a.m.

It was surprising to say the least that the Manchester Mill put one of its Watchdog pieces on the front page this morning (Thursday, Feb. 9) that outlines this controversy. Somebody at SDGE failed to kiss Dougie's butt apparently. Or he actually can be critical of the local power structure when his own interests are not involved. Or maybe he's tired of paying the big bills to SDGE much as the rest of us are. I never thought I'd see any real criticism of Sempra or SDGE in that paper.


Don Bauder Feb. 9, 2012 @ 1:44 p.m.

That story was supposed to run Sunday and got held over for massaging. It was not a bad story, although obviously it didn't take the approach I have taken in News Ticker items beginning several weeks ago. Best, Don Bauder


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