It’s fair to say that public power agencies are taking the state by storm. They are known as community choice aggregators, or CCAs – and San Diego is considering creating one. But expect a series of hurdles that could stall, undermine or kill its plans.

San Diego Gas and Electric’s push to build a $600 million natural gas pipeline across the county is drawing wariness from environmentalists, ratepayer advocates and even other utilities who question whether a big new line is needed and suggest the gas company has undisclosed motivations for building it.

Federal prosecutors have accused José Susumo Azano Matsura of illegally funneling more than a half-million dollars to San Diego political campaigns. That’s the least interesting part of his story.