Posts Tagged ‘pacific gas & electric’

Recalling the Time that Mary Jung, PG&E Manager and New Chair of the SF Dems, Threatened Me in the Presidio

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Here’s part of last night’s big DCCC meeting at the State Building. It’s very boring:

In years past, the election of Chair was a BFD, but this go-around was a done deal from the get-go. Mary Jung, Manager, Local Government Partnerships at PG&E Corporation will lead the San Francisco Democrats for the next couple of years.

Speaking of which, I was at some event at the Presidio a while back when I ended up asking a woman about seeing a 15-passenger van with Nevada plates parked in front of City Hall. (It seems that a local utility, one of the worst in the nation, had hired election workers from out-of-state. Or at least it looked that way to me. The workers told me they were from Reno and they wanted to know how to get to the Mission District.)

Actually, I had already posted the photo of the van in front of City Hall along with a few comments about Proposition whatever-it-was.

When the woman found out about that, she said,

“It would be in your interest to take that post down.” 

Just like that.

And I thought, whoa, is she threatening me?

And then I realized she was.

So later on that evening I was pedaling up Arguello and she offered me a ride her Honda Civic(?) wagovan. At that point she was probably just trying to be nice but it reminded me of that van scene from Three Days of the Condor, the one where Max Von Sydow warned Robert Redford.

And here’s what’s spooky – a couple years later, the outfit she works for killed eight people in San Bruno.

Just like that.

The woman’s name is Mary Jung and the company she labors for is Pacific Gas & Electric.

Hey, do you think maybe that PG&E has a little too much influence on San Francisco?

I do.

PG&E doesn’t.

[UPDATE: Oh yeah, I took the post down later that night. Cause, you know.

This was the explanation I ended up getting about the van all the way back in 2008:

"We are renting vans and sometimes the rentals come from all over the place.  we've had vans with canadian plates, too."

Fair enough, but I considered that horseshit at the time (and I still do now). And It seems odd that the gals themselves similarly came from the Silver State. I was shocked that it was worth their time to travel all that way just for PG&E's faux grassroots campaign.]

I am a Lineman for the County: In Addition to Blowing People Up in San Bruno, PG&E Also Keeps Our Overhead Wires Shoe-Free

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

This PG&E worker has the fun job of removing shoes from lines* overhead.

As seen in the Western Addition, ‘neath the Western Hemisphere’s largest classical dome.**

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My what a long pole you have…

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This post was brought to you by:

PG&E: Yes We’re America’s Worst Large Utility Company, But What Can  _You_ Do About It?

*A reference to “the first existential country song.” (Ignore the first ten seconds – it’s a little what you call saccharine.)

Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time” ranked “Wichita Lineman” at #192. 

“the greatest pop song ever composed” 

“one of those rare songs that seems somehow to exist in a world of its own – not just timeless but ultimately outside of modern music”

I know I need a small vacation 
but it don’t look like rain 
And if it snows that stretch down south 
won’t ever stand the strain 
And I need you more than want you 
and I want you for all time 
And the PG&E Lineman is still on the line

**Yes, larger than the U.S. Capitol’s. On purpose.

Our PG&E Energy Monopoly Attempted Suicide Last Night – KABOOM at Beale and Mission HQ – Call Before You Dig, PG&E!

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Ah let’s review.

- Remember when a mid-level PG&E employee* threatened me at an event sponsored by the Presidio Trust, told me that I should take one of my PG&E-related posts down because, I was done told, “It would be your interest to take that post down?” And I was like, well what does that mean? Oh that’s right, Gentle Reader, you don’t remember, but I do. Strike One. 

- And remember when PG&E killed eight people near SFO last year? Strike Two.

- And remember when Mayor Ed Lee* recently started going on about how “City Family” member PG&E is a great local company who gets it?” Strike Three.

Oh well.

Now, here’s the scene last night at 7:00 PM as I was swinging by the FiDi to pick up my special lady friend at an area law firm. Workers were just setting up the cones. And then a paramedic was telling me, “This one isn’t PG&E’s fault – somebody was digging.” Well yeah, but that somebody was PG&E itself:

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Isn’t it ironic, dont’cha think?

Oh, and this was all right in front of Pacific Gas & Electric Building, one of San Francisco’s tallest, you know, at 77 Beale:

“The Pacific Gas & Electric Building is a 150 m (490 ft) skyscraper located at 77 Beale and Mission streets in the financial district of San FranciscoCalifornia. Completed in 1971, the 34 story building is headquarters for Pacific Gas and Electric Company, the main utility provider for Northern California, and has been host to a nesting pair of Peregrine Falcons since 1987. List of tallest buildings in San Francisco

Isn’t it ironic again, dont’cha think?

Hey, PG&E, why don’t you eat your own dog food and CALL BEFORE YOUR DIG?

Via Daedrius

The easy-to-remember phone number is 811, you remember?

In short, I just can’t believe how much you suck, PG&E.

Straighten up and fly right PG&E.

*A member of San Francisco’s dominant political faction (aka Downtown) along with fellow members Willie Brown, Chamber of Commerce, Gavin Newsom, real estate interests, PG&E, and you know, all those non-profits, among others.

PG&E: Being a Member of the “City Family” Means Not Getting Parking Tickets from DPW?

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Sure seems that way.

Blinking EXPIRED, EXPIRED, EXPIRED in SoMA.* 

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Or, in the words of our somewhat-corrupt-but-doesn’t-even-know-it Mayor Ed Lee on the topic of Pigs, Giraffes and Elephants:

“They’re a great company that gets it.” 

That blunder came out the day everybody in town was talking about how PG&E had just gotten harshed by the Feds in DC for killing people in San Bruno and then,  through the past twelve months, also lying about (misstating about? misleading about?) killing those people.

Compare that with a series of incidents that didn’t kill anybody and that PG&E didn’t lie about during the Newsom administration:

“Angry Newsom Wants Answers From PG&E”

Oh well. (Realize that PG&E was just as integral to Gavin Newsom’s mayoralty as it is now for Ed Lee’s…)

Ed Lee lives his life 24/7 in the “City Family” bubble, where Rose Pak is benevolent, all-seeing, all-knowing “Aunty Rose” and Recology is the best company in the world and the Central Subway is the Road to Paradise.

Oh well.

*If I were a Parking Control Officer, I’d never ticket PG&E no matter what, just saying. BTW, that’s a PGE-stickered Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid, GM’s “electric car.”**

**Some people still think the Volt is an electric car. This has to do with GM lying about this subject a couple years back. 

First “Outsider” Ever to Helm PG&E: Anthony F. Earley, Jr., will be New Chairman, CEO, President

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Straight outta Detroit comes Anthony F. Earley, Jr to helm troubled Pacific Gas & Electric.

September 13, 2011 is the changeover date.

All the deets below.

 

PG&E Corporation Names Anthony F. Earley, Jr., as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 8, 2011 — PG&E Corporation (NYSE: PCG) today announced that Anthony F. Earley, Jr., 62, will become the company’s new Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, and President. Earley’s appointment – the first in PG&E’s history to come from outside the organization – puts the company under the leadership of one of the nation’s most experienced energy executives.

As head of Michigan-based DTE Energy for more than a decade, Earley built the company’s core businesses – Detroit Edison and Michigan Consolidated Gas Company – into two of the most highly respected electric and natural gas operating companies, with strong performance on many of the industry’s key safety and reliability measures.

“Tony is a highly respected and proven CEO who will provide fresh eyes and strong leadership as we focus on public safety and operations excellence,” said Lee Cox, interim Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President. “We looked across the industry and found the person best qualified to help us win back public confidence.”

Earley joined Detroit Edison in 1994 as President and Chief Operating Officer. He became CEO of DTE Energy in 1998 and served in that role through 2010. Most recently, he has been DTE’s Executive Chairman. DTE Energy is one of the nation’s largest diversified energy companies.

“PG&E has a proud legacy,” said Earley. “It’s a great privilege to help an iconic company recover from its recent challenges and reclaim its standing as the utility others admire and aspire to follow.”

Ever more deets after the jump.

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A Well-Attended Meeting in Support of Community Choice Aggregation at Harvey Milk Club

Friday, March 5th, 2010

This was the scene the other day at the LGBT Center at a Harvey Milk Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Democratic Club meeting in support of Community Choice Aggregation.

Here’s a report from KPIX Channel 5 (if you can handle a commercial beforehand.) 

Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, Supervisor David Campos, Carole Migden, Paul Fenn, John Rizzo, Chris Jackson, and Eric Brooks, among others, were all there:

The fight over Proposition 16 is hotting up, certainly.

Milk Club Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) Town Hall Tonight at LGBT Center

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

San Francisco’s Harvey Milk Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Democratic Club is hosting a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) Town Hall tonight at the LGBT Center on the corner of Market and Octavia. CCA is:

“a system adopted into law in the states of Massachusetts, Ohio, California, New Jersey and Rhode Island which allows cities and counties to aggregate the buying power of individual customerswithin a defined jurisdiction in order to secure alternative energy supply contracts. Currently, nearly 1 million Americans receive service from CCAs.”

The special guests will be Assembly Bill 117 (2002) author Carole Migden, District 5 Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, District 9 Supervisor David Campos and San Francisco Bay Guardian Executive Editor Tim Redmond.

The whole shebang starts at 6:45 PM: 

STOP the PG$E Power GRAB!

PG&E is spending MILLIONS of YOUR dollars in this June’s election to prevent Local Control and Community Choice regarding electricity rates & renewable energy!

Confused about Community Choice Aggregation & SF Clean Energy Program?

That’s okay! Former State Senator Carole Migden, author of the Community Choice Aggregation legislation, and many others will be at this special Milk Club PAC Forum to help explain these issues and show you how to educate our communities and take DIRECT POLITICAL ACTION!

This event is OPEN to the PUBLIC!

Please invite EVERYONE YOU KNOW to attend this SPECIAL FORUM and STOP PG&E!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 @ 6:45 p.m.
LGBT Community Center
1800 Market Street @ Octavia
4th Floor Ceremonial Room

Special Guests Include:
Former State Senator Carole Migden, San Francisco
Supervisors David Campos & Ross Mirkarimi, San Francisco

Featured Presenters:
Paul Fenn, John Rizzo, Chris Jackson and Eric Brooks

Moderators:
MILK Club Political VP Linette Peralta Haynes
SF BAY GUARDIAN Editor-in-Chief Tim Redmond

Convener:
Tom Taylor, Milk Club Environmental Caucus Chair

HISTORY + ACTION = PROGRESS
Harvey Milk Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Democratic Club
Celebrating 35 Years of Progressive Political Action and Fighting for our Communities

Dennis Herrera vs. PG&E’s Campaign Against Community Choice Aggregation

Monday, January 11th, 2010

I’m seem to recall addressing a public meeting to speak out in favor of Community Choice Aggregation (to the chagrin of a mayoral representative, who tried to block me from saying anything) - can’t remember if I was doing that was as a volunteer or not. Oh well.

Irregardless, this one speaks for itself. There are pros and cons to CCA, needless to say.

The latest:

“City Attorney Dennis Herrera has petitioned the California Public Utilities Commission for tougher regulations to prohibit electric utilities from engaging in marketing campaigns and other abuses of their monopoly position to undermine Community Choice Aggregation, a program intended to enable local governments to develop cleaner, renewable energy sources and ultimately stabilize consumers’ electricity costs. The move comes in reaction to recent efforts by PG&E to kill consumer choice, contrary to promises the company repeatedly voiced to state regulators.

“We cannot let Californians be denied the benefits of cleaner, cost-effective energy alternatives — consumer choice is simply too important to ratepayers and the environment,” Herrera said. “The California Public Utilities Commission exists to police giant utilities, to assure that their monopoly advantages aren’t abused to exploit consumers or frustrate the policy objectives of our state lawmakers. Yet that is exactly what has happened since PG&E locked CCA into its crosshairs. It is critical for state regulators to move quickly and decisively to tighten regulations, and restore teeth to the law as the legislature intended. I am enormously grateful to Sup. Ross Mirkarimi for his longstanding leadership on CCA as LAFCo chair, and to SFPUC General Manager Ed Harrington and his staff for their expertise and hard work to fulfill the promise of consumer choice.”

Links:

  • Read the news release “Herrera seeks rule change to block PG&E efforts to kill consumer choice; Utility’s deceptive campaign, broken promises on Community Choice Aggregation demand expedited action by regulators, City argues” (Jan. 11, 2010)
  • Download the PDF of the City Attorney’s CPUC petition to halt anti-CCA marketing drives (Jan. 11, 2010)
  • Download the PDF of City Attorney’s CPUC Petition Appendices A-C (Jan. 11, 2010)
  • Download the PDF of City Attorney’s CPUC Petition Appendices D-G (Jan. 11, 2010)
  • Download the PDF of City Attorney’s CPUC Petition Appendices H-L (Jan. 11, 2010)

Herrera seeks rule change to block PG&E efforts to kill consumer choice

Utility’s deceptive campaign, broken promises on Community Choice Aggregation demand expedited action by regulators, City argues

SAN FRANCISCO (Jan. 11, 2010) — City Attorney Dennis Herrera today petitioned the California Public Utilities Commission for tougher regulations to prohibit electric utilities from engaging in marketing campaigns and other abuses of their monopoly position to undermine Community Choice Aggregation, a program intended to enable local governments to develop cleaner, renewable energy sources and ultimately stabilize consumers’ electricity costs.  The move comes in reaction to efforts by Pacific Gas & Electric Company to kill consumer choice, contrary to promises it made to state regulators to support CCA, the consumer energy alternative made possible by state legislation in 2002. 

Despite the company’s public commitments to CPUC as late as Nov. 2005 that “PG&E has stated before and states again that CCA is a consumer choice alternative that should be enabled,” a PG&E-controlled political committee last month targeted San Franciscans in a direct mail campaign that savaged the City’s consumer choice plan as a “risky scheme” that “will establish new bureaucracy,” and enroll unwilling customers “whether you like it or not.”  Last October, a PG&E Corp. executive vowed to shareholders that the company would “stand up and resist efforts to take over our customers, and those efforts by municipal government.”  The San Francisco-based utility also emerged last year as the primary financial backer of a proposed statewide ballot measure to impose a two-thirds majority vote requirement to authorize a wide variety of energy services programs, including CCA — an all-but insurmountable electoral burden.

“We cannot let Californians be denied the benefits of cleaner, cost-effective energy alternatives — consumer choice is simply too important to ratepayers and the environment,” Herrera said.  “The California Public Utilities Commission exists to police giant utilities, to assure that their monopoly advantages aren’t abused to exploit consumers or frustrate the policy objectives of our state lawmakers.  Yet that is exactly what has happened since PG&E locked CCA into its crosshairs.  It is critical for state regulators to move quickly and decisively to tighten regulations, and restore teeth to the law as the legislature intended.  I am enormously grateful to Sup. Ross Mirkarimi for his longstanding leadership on CCA as LAFCo chair, and to SFPUC General Manager Ed Harrington and his staff for their expertise and hard work to fulfill the promise of consumer choice.”

Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, who as chair the Local Agency Formation Commission, or LAFCo, led the successful effort to adopt a Community Choice Aggregation plan for San Francisco aimed at developing a significantly greater share of energy from clean and renewable sources, said: “We know from its long history that PG&E will act ruthlessly to protect its monopoly, which already charges some the highest rates for electricity in the nation.  But this time, it’s not just consumers who will pay the price for PG&E’s tactics — it’s also our environment.  PG&E’s misleading direct mail campaign in San Francisco and its statewide push for a self-serving constitutional amendment make clear that regulators must act quickly to defend a state law that has frankly been undermined by CPUC’s lax regulations.  Today’s petition by City Attorney Herrera, which is supported by San Francisco Public Utilities Commission General Manager Ed Harrington, demonstrates that City leaders are united to demand that regulators restore the promise of Community Choice Aggregation — to protect consumers as well as the environment.”

“Consumer choice is one of the most important goals of CleanPowerSF,” said SFPUC General Manager Ed Harrington. “San Franciscans deserve the opportunity to clearly choose and compare their energy providers based on facts like transparency, price stability, and renewable power generation.” 

The California law that enables local governments to offer an electric supply alternative already provides that monopoly utilities must cooperate with Community Choice Aggregation.  But regulatory rules intact since PG&E’s previous professions of support for CCA are now widely exploited by the state’s largest utility, according to Herrera’s petition, “rendering the Legislature’s carefully crafted CCA law a meaningless piece of paper.”  Given the urgency created by PG&E’s multi-million dollar bid to kill consumer choice alternatives statewide, the City is requesting the CPUC to give expedited consideration of its petition to tighten regulations and protect consumers as soon as possible.

A copy of Petition of the City and County of San Francisco to modify decision 05-12-041 and request for expedited consideration (Rulemaking 03-10-033, To Implement Portions of AB 117 Concerning Community Choice Aggregation); California Public Utilities Commission, January 11, 2010, is available on the City Attorney’s Web site at http://www.sfcityattorney.org/.

Call 811 Before You Dig – Plus What About N11 Codes 211, 311, 411, 511, 611, 711 and 911?

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Your local gas and electric utility monopoly would like you to think before you dig. PG&E reminds us all today to call 811 at least two days before you start digging around, else you might hit a gas main and blow yourself to kingdom come. Some local folks will answer the phone and check things out for you and what’s wrong with that?

But what about all the other x11 telephone services – they are starting to add up huh? Let’s learn about them below.

 

Here there are, all the N11 Codes we have:

211 Community Information and Referral Services

311 Non-Emergency Police and Other Governmental Services

411 Local Directory Assistance

511 Traffic and Transportation Information

611 Telephone Repair Service

711 Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS)

811 Access to One Call Services to Protect Pipeline and Utilities from Excavation Damage

911 Emergency

Wow, that’s a lot.

211
(800) 273-6222  Alternative Number
(415) 808-4357  Alternative Number
2-1-1 information and referral service for San Francisco. Information and referral service via regular number for the following counties in California: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Solano.
411
  • Free 411 (800-373-3411)  If you don’t mind listening to a 10-second ad first, Free 411 lives up to its name, giving you free business and residential listings (which can optionally be delivered via text message). Thanks to reader kwright for the tip on this one!
  • GOOG-411 (800-466-4411)  Google’s 411 service is surprisingly ad-free, though it limits you to business listings. Like Free 411, it can automatically connect your call and/or send you the listing via SMS. See it in action in the above video.
  • Live Search 411 (800-225-5411) Microsoft’s 411 service offers not only business listings, but also traffic and weather reports, movie showtimes, travel resources, and more. (Live Search also powers Microsoft’s Tellme service.)
  • 511
    611
    Try it on your phone, see what happens. Probably you’ll get somebody from your phone co.
    711
    811
    See today’s release from Pigs Giraffes & Elephants, after the jump.
    911
    So there you have it, your N11 dialing codes.