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NEW Alert! Contact Your *Assemblymember* TODAY
To Stop The PG&E Wildfire Bailout! - July 11, 2019
Last week we sent an alert for you to call your state senator to stop the PG&E bailout bill AB 1054. Yesterday the Governor used shocking sneak maneuvers to move the bill to the *Assembly* for a final vote TODAY .
*WHAT YOU CAN DO*
Contact your Assemblymember TODAY with the following message:
"Please vote NO on AB 1054 until it is amended to make sure the monopoly utilities pay for the wildfires they cause, and must prove they are not at fault before passing wildfire costs to ratepayers."
To find your Assemblymember go to:
Governor Newsom and Assemblymember Chris Holden (who've taken hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign donations from the monopoly utilities) are trying to slam AB 1054 through the state legislature by TOMORROW to bail out PG&E and Southern California Edison for the costs of their wildfire negligence.
AB 1054 IS A BAILOUT
AB 1054 Is a massive bailout that allows PG&E and SCE to force ratepayers to pay billions of dollars in liability costs of wildfires *even* if the utilities are clearly at fault and their negligence led to the fires!
UNDEMOCRATIC RUBBER STAMP PROCESS
AB 1054 sets up under-the-radar proceedings, heavily dominated by the Governor's office, that will allow the monopoly utilities to operate under bogus 'Safety Certifications' approved *before* there are wildfires. If a fire happens within a year after one of these 'Certifications' is approved, regulators are then allowed to automatically pass the costs on to ratepayers, without public hearings at the Public Utilities Commission!
PUTS THE BURDEN TO PROOF ON WILDFIRE VICTIMS & CONSUMERS
Currently, PG&E and SCE have to do the hard work to *prove* that they were not at fault *before* they can ask the public to cover wildfire costs. AB 1054 turns this on its head and allows public bailouts to be approved automatically, and if a utility has engaged in wrongdoing, AB 1054 forces consumer advocates and wildfire victims to prove this to regulators in a burdensome appeal process!