Mindy Spatt

Mindy Spatt joined TURN as media advocacy director in April 1998. She oversees press relations and the writing and production of TURN publications. She is now TURN's communications director, coordinating TURN's media and online advocacy.

Mindy Spatt's Blog Posts

AB 813 Regional Grid Bill Defeated!

AB 813 was held up in the Senate and is no longer a threat to California! How Regional Grid Expansion (AB 813) Threatens California’s Consumers and Climate Goals The regional

Understanding Time-of-use Rates

Dear Consumer Advisor, I recently saw TURN Executive Director Mark Toney on TV warning about punishment pricing being instituted by PG&E.  I didn’t understand exactly when this would be started,

Sign up for local emergency alerts

EACH COUNTY IN CALIFORNIA HAS AN EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM.  SIGN UP FOR YOURS TODAY!     Reverse 911 calls can save lives but what you may not know is that you

Can I Sell My Solar?

Everything you ever wanted to know about net metering Dear Consumer Advisor, I’m considering solar panels.  I don’t use a huge amount of electricity, but I’ve heard I can sell

45th Gala

Celebrate 45 Years of Sylvia Siegel founded TURN in 1973 because she believed utility companies should be held accountable for fair rates and courteous, reliable service. TURN has been doing

Space Heater Do’s and Don’ts

We all want to be warm during the winter. Unfortunately some of us live in drafty old apartments or homes where the central heating is insufficient, forcing us to rely
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Please Don’t Take Away My Landline!

Thousands of TURN members urged their legislators to reject AB 2395, and let them keep their landlines. Their advocacy was key to defeating the bill.  Here’s why one TURN member,

Clothesline Protection Bill Signed

California became a right-to-dry state with Governor Jerry Brown’s signature Assembly Bill 1448. This legislation, sponsored by TURN. would allow tenants to utilize natural sunlight to dry laundered items within certain

Will the CPUC Throw the Book at PG&E?

By Mindy Spatt      The CPUC will vote on Thursday, Dec. 19 on a proposal to fine PG&E $17 million for doctoring pipeline safety records, which is certainly appropriate.  TURN

Did Comcast Violate Your Privacy?

Customers pay extra for unlisted numbers, but don’t always get what they are paying for. According to an investigation by the California Public Utilities Commission, between July 2010 and December