Public Power or Private Profit?

For our February 13th meeting, we hosted Dr. Cody Petterson, president of the Democrats for Environmental Action and senior advisor to San Diego County Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer. The county’s contract with San Diego Gas and Electric is coming up for renewal, and one alternative to the current million-dollar-per-day contract is for the county and its incorporated cities to buy the infrastructure and manage it as a public utility, buying electrical power on the open market. The guaranteed profit built into contracts with for-profit entities ads unnecessary cost and leaves us susceptible to corporate decisions that are not always in our best interest. The attendees had plenty of questions and a lively discussion followed his presentation.