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Victory For Now, Action Still Needed

Huge PG&E Bailout Derailed - Help Prevent Future PG&E Bailouts, Wildfires & Pollution

In late August 2019, several Democrats who are supposed to be our allies in the state legislature (see list below) attempted to sneak through the bill AB 235, a monster 50 billion dollar bailout of PG&E that would have made ratepayers cover the costs of past wildfires caused by PG&E's criminal negligence.

In just three weeks, Californians for Energy Choice (a statewide clean energy coalition co-founded and coordinated by Our City) helped join together an uncommon alliance of environmental and consumer groups, with PG&E debt holders and big agricultural electricity customers, to fight AB 235. United together, these forces stopped the surprise bill in its tracks.

If PG&E were ever to be handed such a major bailout, its unsafe, criminal, anti-consumer operation would be free to continue barreling forward as an unaccountable corporate behemoth.

With the defeat of AB 235, PG&E can now be held more accountable, and can more easily be forced to operate more safely, and to pay for its own mistakes.

But The Battle Is Not Over

PG&E has been allowed to continue to operate as a private corporation, and will likely be responsible for future wildfires for which it will seek similar bailouts. And PG&E remains a cynical opponent of local community based clean energy programs that are replacing its monopoly over our electricity supply, with publicly managed renewable power.

*WHAT YOU CAN DO*

Contact your state legislators with the following message:

"Please vote NO on any further bailouts of PG&E, and oppose any buy-outs of PG&E by private corporations or investors. Instead, support legislation that will take over PG&E as a state owned public utility, to be run by a Citizens Utility Board that is elected by California voters."

To find your state legislators go to:

http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov

*AND* if your legislator is one of the following who pushed AB 235, read them the riot act for acting in the interests of PG&E instead of the people, and the environment.

Democrats Behind The Attempted Monster PG&E Bailout

Senator Steven Bradford                (Gardena/Compton)

Assemblymember Rob Bonta        (Oakland/Alameda)

Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin     (Oxnard/Camarillo)

Assemblymember Bill Quirk          (Hayward)

Assemblymember Mike Gipson    (Compton/Carson)

Assemblymember Adam Gray     (Merced/Newman)

Co-Author:

Assemblymember Chad Mayes    (Los Angeles - independent)