Coming Up: San Onofre PPH and TURN’s New Office

TURN has moved! If you previously visited us at the somewhat inappropriate Standard Oil Building on Sansome Street, please note that we’re no longer located there.

We’ve moved to new offices on the 14th floor of 785 Market St. TV reporters and others who attend meetings at our office, please take note! I can’t say the parking situation is any better than at our old office, but I don’t think it will be any worse. We’re right above the Men’s Wearhouse, between Yerba Buena Lane and 4th St.

We’re all excited to start working there this week, after a huge push to finish packing last week. TURN staffers Richard Perez and Jess German did an awesome job of organizing the move, and we expect to have everything up and running tomorrow: phone, Internet, even coffee in the morning!

We were lucky to find affordable offices in SF! High commercial rents are pushing out nonprofits, just like high residential rents are pushing out working families and everyone else who isn’t rich. If you’re coming to our new office by BART or MUNI, don’t forget that the new stop is Powell St.

Also coming up this week is the CPUC public hearing on San Onofre cost responsibility in San Diego.  Taking a page from PG&E’s playbook, Edison and SDG&E want customers to cover the costs of the many mistakes the utility companies made at San Onofre, leading up to the plant’s closure.

No on is sorry to see the much-hated nuke go, but we’d like to see all the costs for San Onofre, still included in rates, also bite the dust. TURN, CalPIRG the National Asian American Coalition and other consumer groups will be holding press conference at 6 pm outside the Al Bahr Shriners auditorium, 5440 Kearny Mesa Road, where hearings will be held at 2 pm and 6 pm. TURN’s position is that customers should not be on the hook for mistakes made by Edison and SDG&E.

Customers are still paying SDG&E and Edison to run the plant and paying for the defective steam tubes. Also included in rates are the utilities’ returns on the plant and the replacement power needed since the plant went dark.

  • Rising costs for replacement power are an unfortunate result of Edison and SDG&E mistakes
  • Utilities want to charge customers over $2.4 billion more even though the plant no longer generates electricity.
  • Utility companies must pay for their mistakes out of profits, not rates.
  • Customers should not pay a single penny for costs incurred for SDG&E to own an expensive, inoperable nuclear plant.

Customer demands to close the plant surely figured in Edison and SDG&E’s decision to do so. Now, we can send the utilities and the CPUC another strong message, that customers will not pay higher bills every time a utility screws up, and that corporations must be held responsible for their own mistakes.  After all, they want to be treated like people, don’t they?