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SDG&E Donating $1.2M To San Diego And Orange County Nonprofits

San Diego Gas & Electric will donate more than $1.2 million to nonprofit organizations in San Diego and Orange counties, utility officials announced Monday.

The donation will be made through the utility's "Helping People in Need" initiative, and will be used to help the local military and veteran population along with those in underserved communities, SDG&E officials said.

"During this time of the year, our 'Helping People in Need' initiative will provide much needed support for local nonprofit organizations that work hard every day to feed our hungry, shelter our homeless, assist our disabled, help our veterans, aid seniors and protect families from domestic abuse," SDG&E regional vice president of external relations Frank Urtasun said. "The work they are doing in our community is phenomenal and we are honored to support their goals and mission this holiday season."

More than 120 organizations will receive grants, including The San Diego Rescue Mission, the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank, Feeding America San Diego, Crisis House, Heart and Hands Working Together, Mama's Kitchen, Promises2Kids, the Salvation Army, Embrace, Amikas and Senior Community Centers of San Diego.

Vietnam Veterans of San Diego, the YMCA at Camp Pendleton, the NTC Foundation, the Veterans Association of North County and the Veterans Housing Initiative are also set to receive grant funds, SDG&E officials said.

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PeteHasapopoulos | November 11, 2013 at 6:31 p.m. ― 3 years, 4 months ago

The recipient organizations are no doubt worthy and deserving of some financial help. It is a shame that it is coming from SDG&E, however. They are not a good corporate citizen. SDG&E customers should be aware of how SDG&E sometimes benefits from recipient organizations as they try to influence public policy to the detriment of everybody's pocketbooks (including veterans) and the environment. For instance, SDG&E petitioned the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to have ratepayers cover over $300 million for SDG&E's wildfire mess--the one that killed people, burned people, and caused terrible financial pain to people. Hundreds of people attended a PUC meeting about this in San Diego, with only about 1% supporting SDG&E. Who were many of the 1%? Recipients of SDG&E's charitable giving, including elected officials. The UT reported on this:

Here is an excerpt from the article:

At the same time, SDG&E won general praise from representatives of the prevention and treatment BURN Institute, from the 211 San Diego health and disaster line, from an umbrella group for 30 volunteer fire departments and from the local American Red Cross, among many others. Those groups are among the steady beneficiaries of $5 million in annual charitable giving by SDG&E — independent of the Sempra Energy Foundation — according to disclosures filed with the California Public Utilities Commission. Frank Ault spoke in support of SDG&E’s cost recovery request on behalf of the San Diego Regional Fire and Emergency Services Foundation, an umbrella fundraising group for volunteer fire departments where he serves as board chairman. The foundation received $50,000 in charitable contributions from SDG&E last year.
“We were just addressing the fact that they are a good corporate citizen that tries to mitigate the impact of fires regardless of who starts it,” said Ault, a retired SDG&E accountant. Ault said the utility called him in advance of the hearing and asked that he attend. His endorsement of the SDG&E proposal was based on his understanding fire costs would still be reviewed by regulators before charging customers. Critics of the plan say it would rubber-stamp costs.

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