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California Public Utilities Commission Administrative Law Judge Maribeth A. Bushey today (Oct. 15) issued a decision rejecting the attempt by San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Gas Co., units of Sempra Energy, to get ratepayers to pick up the tab for uninsured costs of the 2007 San Diego fires, for which SDGE has been found to be partly responsible. However, Commissioner Timothy Alan Simon, who is overseeing the case, favored the utilities' desires under some conditions. There will now be a comment period, and then the matter will go to the full commission. "It's another example of the commission's gamesmanship," says Mike Aguirre, who has fought the battle on behalf of ratepayers.

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dwbat Oct. 17, 2012 @ 9:42 a.m.

If SDGE customers continue to protest at hearings, and write letters to CPUC, then SDGE will not win this high-stakes con game. And our thanks should go to Mike Aguirre for fighting this battle.


Don Bauder Oct. 17, 2012 @ 10 a.m.

dwbat: Yes, San Diegans must continue raising hell about this, and, in the process, pointing out the corruption of certain CPUC commissioners, in league with major state utilities. Agreed: Aguirre was a battler on this case. He riled the administrative law judge by behaving like an aggressive lawyer should. Unfortunately, the environment at CPUC is one of collegiality in corruption. It doesn't like lawyers fighting this status quo. However, the ALJ did deny SDGE's attempt to fleece ratepayers. Best, Don Bauder


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