In the 1960’s I was the Assistant City Attorney for the City of Santa Clara, California. The City had its own electric system. Our rates were 10 % less than Pacific Gas & Electric. PG&E charged the City a higher rate to transmit wholesale electricity to the City than others. I wrote an ordinance to purchase the gas system distribution system by eminent domain. PG&E suddenly decided not to charge us a higher rate. We formed an association of the cites that had their own electric distribution systems to be able to confront PG&E.
There are a lot of expenses passed onto rate payers. For example, PG&E’s neglected to inspect the gas lines of San Mateo, Cal., the line exploded and six people were killed and three blocks of home destroyed. PG&E tried to pass its propaganda expenses to explain away what it did onto the tax payers.
M. VAN SMITH
San Jose, Calif.
CU Law School, 1959.