Blogger’s Note: My source data for this blog are several Sacramento Bee Articles, plus interviews with capitol people and of course my own personal opinion of Gavin Newsom.
On Halloween, Gavin Newsom was talking about passing out candy. In a self-promoting press conference, Newsom told attendees that AT&T had announced it would credit consumers whose cell service was impacted by the blackouts. The implication was that he had made it happen. “AT&T, to their credit, sent out a notification yesterday about crediting people, along the lines of what PG&E did as well, to at least acknowledge as a base minimum the disruption of their data plans and their cell service. That’s novel. I would like to say it’s not, but it is, for a telecommunication company to actually even acknowledge that. It’s a step in the right direction. Baby step in the right direction, but we have an enormous amount of work to do in that space as well.”
Gavin Newsom is running for President in 2024. He is not interested in dealing with extreme environmental laws, nuiscance lawsuits, “Inverse Condemnation” (where public utilities are held liable for acts of God) or the extreme cost of doing business.
It is all about feel-good soundbytes, like his absurd “Global Warming” (now called climate change because people are now predicting an Ice Age again) speech with regard to wildfires.
PG&E, the corporate cowards that they are, have never once fought back against the regulations that have made maintenance near impossible on their aging equipment. Instead, they poured money in to people like Gavin Newsom. True to form, now that PG&E are a swear word in California, Newsom is piling on:
California Gov. Gavin Newsom wants PG&E to give $100 to each of the hundreds of thousands of customers who experienced blackouts last week when the company shut off power to swaths of Northern California. “‘Californians should not pay the price for decades of PG&E’s greed and neglect,’ Newsom announced on Monday. ‘PG&E’s mismanagement of the power shutoffs experienced last week was unacceptable. We will continue to hold PG&E accountable to make radical changes – prioritizing the safety of Californians and modernizing its equipment.’” Somehow, Gavin Newsom picked numbers out of his tail, saying that PG&E should give each residential customer affected by the outage a $100 credit or rebate. Gavin Newsom urged the company to provide $250 to affected small businesses.
He said this on 10-14-2019
So did Gavin Newsom shake down PG&E?
After Newsom 10-29-2019 inaccurately claiming that PG&E had agreed to rebates/credits as he suggested, it appears that the weak-kneed leadership of PG&E acquiesced.
“The one-time rebate will only apply to the roughly 738,000 customers who lost power in the Oct. 9 shutoffs. There are no current plans for similar rebates for the three shutoffs that have followed since then, said PG&E spokesperson Tamar Sarkissian, but the utility is ‘open to having a policy discussion with state regulators and others.’
Gavin Newsom will use this in his upcoming Re-Election and for his Presidential Campaign. The timing of things happening makes it clear to this blogger that Gavin Newsom shook down the company from whom he took $209,000 in campaign cash. What did he threaten to do to PG&E?
Then a couple days later, AT&T announces free stuff. Did Gavin Newsom shake them down too?
Watch the pattern, folks – Gavin Newsom wants to break up or even better yet turn PG&E in to a government-run utility. If successful, this would be another centerpiece for his campaign.
AT&T and PG&E are fools for trying to deal with the rabid left. It won’t end well and they will become campaign fodder… to be continued…