In coming months, the City Council will decide if San Diego should begin buying power for residents from someone other than San Diego Gas & Electric.
Right now, there’s a lot of numbers flying around about whether the idea makes sense. But part of the decision will also boil down to big questions about the city’s competence and the company’s motives. To put it bluntly: Who do people trust more and hate less, a bureaucratic city government or a big corporation?
The city, after all, nearly bankrupted itself not that long ago, couldn’t quickly answer 911 calls and once stupidly agreed to buy up tickets for professional football games that people didn’t want to attend.
But SDG&E’s record isn’t spotless either. The company’s prices skyrocketed as part of the statewide energy crisis, still has some of the highest rates in the country and helped burn down part of the county a decade ago only to expect its customers to foot the bill.
SANDAG Head Wants Out ASAP
San Diego Association of Governments Executive Director Gary Gallegos would like Friday to be his final day on the job. In a letter to the SANDAG board of directors obtained by KPBS reporter Andrew Bowen, the embattled executive asked the board to waive the 120-day advanced-notice retirement in his employment contract so he can leave immediately.
Gallegos has been with the agency for 16 years and had a stellar reputation across the state, but ran into trouble beginning last fall when Voice of San Diego covered a series of errors the agency made in its revenue forecasts and cost disclosures for an existing sales tax, TransNet, and another one rejected by voters in November, Measure A.