Our allies and supporters propel us to success!
It’s hard to believe this year will be my sixth at TURN! I’m gratified by all we’ve been able to accomplish together in the last four years, and looking forward to everything we’re going to accomplish in the future; lower bills, livable planet, more accountability, stronger consumer protection—and celebrating our 40th anniversary!
This annual report highlights just how much our reach is growing—and how crucial your support is to that growth. Your donations and your activism, advocating for lower utility profits, speaking out against the AT&T merger, and demanding accountability from PG&E, Edison and SDG&E—contributed to each and every of the many victories you’ll read about in this newsletter and annual report.
We are reaching more and more consumers through our strong alliances with our PolicyVoice partners in local communities and fellow CPUC intervenors including Greenlining, AARP, and the Consumer Federation of California. If you are a member of AARP you may have seen the article in their November magazine on Fair Utility Profits campaign, or heard AARP Associate State Director Michael Richard speaking in the media or at a CPUC public participation hearing in support of TURN’s position.
Our PolicyVoice partners in Fresno and elsewhere, including the Instituto de Educacion Popular del Sur de California (IDEPSCA), the Center for Media Justice, and the West Fresno Family Resource Center, are already taking a leadership role on utility issues in their communities. I’m especially grateful to Margarita Rocha of Centro La Familia for agreeing to join our board, adding an important perspective from the Central Valley. And we’ve worked with our allies at Greenlining, especially Sam Kang and Stephanie Chen, to provide a unified voice on utility issues in Sacramento, the media and at the CPUC.
It would be impossible to list all of the talented and dedicated people whose efforts have contributed to our success, including our staff, and all of you. Every one of your letters, phone calls and CPUC testimony made a difference. Don’t let up the pressure in the coming year!
Despite these victories, we’ve got further to go. We are determined to protect universal service. AT&T is a formidable enemy—one Sacramento insider told us “they own the Capital’—but in 40 years we’ve never shied away from a David and Goliath battle. In the coming year, we’ll be working on strengthening and expanding the LifeLine phone program, and demanding a stop to AT&T’S runaway rate hikes.
A special thanks to all of you who responded so generously to our year-end appeal. We’ll put your money to good use.
Best Wishes in the coming year,