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Fletcher Says Farewell To Politics, Concedes Mayor's Race

From a KPBS article yesterday: "While the vote for second place in San Diego’s special mayoral election appeared to be a tight race last night, an inewsource analysis shows former assemblyman Nathan Fletcher lost in almost every precinct.

"With 581 precincts counted, Fletcher won in just 14. He even lost his own University City neighborhood precinct."

November 21, 2013 at 1:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Should Edison Be Allowed To Profit On San Onofre's Faulty Steam Generators?

The Coalition to Decommission San Onofre has also served our written Testimony in Phase 2 of the CA PUC's investigation into San Onofre outage and plant costs and who will shoulder how much of them.

Read our Reply Testimony at the following weblink, you will find you enjoy quite a bit of it, amongst all the dry regulatoryese. This sets the stage for our return to CPUC Evidentiary Hearings in S.F. in a month.

<Snip>"So – SCE is writing down San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station Units 2 and 3 on its books, reports a 43% increase in year-to-date core earnings for 2013 over 2012 – and it can’t voluntarily take this permanently shut-down plant out of the rates paid by captive customers even as of the date it, itself, announced its permanent closure (June 7, 2013), as proposed by the Division of Ratepayer Advocates in its Motion of June 25, 2013? This is the height of hubris by this notoriously hubristic corporation.

Compare the guaranteed return expected by SCE of 5+ % to the current return on other deposits and investments guaranteed by the government:

Daily overnight average for the 1-year CD 0.70%
One-Year Treasury Constant Maturity 0.150
91-day T-bill auction avg disc rate 0.020
182-day T-bill auction avg disc rate 0.035
Two-Year Treasury Constant Maturity 0.47
Five-Year Treasury Constant Maturity 1.76
Ten-Year Treasury Constant Maturity 2.92

Compound this severe inequality between the government-guaranteed returns earned by most captive ratepayers of the two monopoly utility owners of the San Onofre nuclear power plant and those of these utilities’ shareholders with the 50% higher residential electricity rates they pay as captive customers than the two largest municipal utilities in California (L.A. and Sacramento) – and you have a seriously out-of-touch paradigm. " <Snip>

http://www.copswiki.org/Common/M1383
CDSO Testimony for Phase 2 of CPUC OII on San Onofre.

September 13, 2013 at 6:53 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Local Businesswoman Alleges Mayor Filner Inappropriately Touched Her

Democratic National Committee: How about a more general resolution against bullying and harassment in public life, one that would address not only the Filner problem but all the Filners who have not yet been identified? I'd like to see the Party say something like, "We covenant together not to keep silent about instances of bullying and harassment, to speak privately to the perpetrators regardless of the positions they may hold, and to come forward publicly if they do not reform. Because we *know* there are other Filners out there." (Thank You, Gila Jones.)

Thank You, DNC member Chris Stampolis yesterday: "This is one elected official in one city at one time and we need to add a statement about future courage among Party leaders ... we have had too many elected and appointed officials of all political stripes with zipper and groping problems for many years and fellow powerful folks have looked the other way."

August 21, 2013 at 7:41 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

U.S. Attorney Says Sequestration Cuts Could Make San Diego Less Safe

Stop with the expensive, interagency "task forces" to pad "drug" arrest stats with legal medical marijuana patients and caregivers in California, and other states where medical marijuana is legal. And stop charging them, chewing up taxpayer dollars making plea deals with them to pad your "drug" conviction stats, and taking those who won't play your game to even more expensive trial.

August 20, 2013 at 3:40 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Drone Industry Boosters Pilot Controversial Local Growth Plan

National Anti-Drone Days of Action launch here in San Diego, "drone capital USA", THURSDAY at 3p at the General Atomics Plant in Poway, continue through Sunday: www.sdcpj.org

April 3, 2013 at 6:26 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

San Onofre Operator Requests to Restart Reactor

That's 88% in the Rochelle Becker quote.

April 1, 2013 at 9:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

San Onofre Operator Requests to Restart Reactor

We Are NOT Fooled: "San Onofre hasn't been 'the largest source of baseload generation and voltage support in the region,' as Edison repeatedly claims, for the past 14 months and counting, and the CA Independent System Operator (ISO) says we'll do just fine without it for the second Southern California summer upcoming. For example, voltage support will be provided by retrofitting the retired, Edison-owned Huntington Beach power plant as a 'synchronous condenser' ...

"Per the CA Energy Commission, despite increased population and more appliances consuming power in homes and businesses, energy efficiency standards have helped keep per capita electricity consumption in California flat for the past 30 years. California's per capita electricity consumption has remained constant at approximately 7,000 kilowatt-hours/year (kWh) for the last 30 years due in large part to strict standards for homes and appliances. The rest of the U.S. has increased 40 percent (to roughly 12,000 kWh/year per person). And there is even more savings to be gained through additional advances in energy efficiency as well as conservation by users. Not to mention the boom in rooftop solar installations, with San Diego County leading the state.

"Edison needs to stop with the Chicken Little routine -- the sky is NOT falling. The 21st Century is just moving forward."

As of last summer, California generates 1,255 MW of electricity from 122,516 rooftops (more than one of the San Onofre Nuclear Reactors). Rooftop solar installation can be done in a matter of months, and the CA Air Resources Board estimates that 150 permanent jobs are created for each 100 megawatt (MW) of local solar added. As an indication of the growth potential of this job sector, in San Diego County, we have only installed 2% (or 140 MW) of rooftop and parking lot capacity -- this is a GROWTH industry!

Here is a weblink to our letter faxed to Senator Boxer and Congressman Waxman today, with cc's to Senator Feinstein, NRC Chair Allison Macfarlane and several senior NRC managers, including those responsible for the decison on Restart of San Onofre, Eric Leeds and Art Howell: http://sanonofresafety.files.wordpres...

The Coalition to Decommission San Onofre is comprised of community-based, grassroots organizations in San Diego and Orange Counties concerned for the safety of 8.5 million residents living within 50 miles of the defective San Onofre nuclear reactors, and for the economy of Southern California. These organizations include: Citizens Oversight, Earthkeepers San Diego, the Peace Resource Center of San Diego, San Clemente Green, SanOnofreSafety.org, and Women Occupy San Diego.

April 1, 2013 at 2:28 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Restarting San Onofre Isn't Cost Effective, New Study Suggests

Note to SCE's Jennifer Manfre: San Onofre hasn't been "the largest source of baseload generation and voltage support in the region" for 14 months and counting, and the CA ISO says we'll do just fine w/o it for the 2nd summer upcoming. Voltage support will be provided by retrofitting the retired Huntington Beach power plant to be a "synchronous condenser" -- although SCE as owner of that plant has no doubt put JP Morgan up to obtructing that very wise plan by the ISO and other CA energy officials. Thankfully, CA pushed through that obstruction and that plan is being carried out.

Per the CA Energy Commission, despite increased population and more appliances consuming power in homes and businesses, energy efficiency standards have helped keep per capita electricity consumption in California flat for the past 30 years. California's per capita electricity consumption has remained constant at approximately 7,000 kilowatt-hours/year (kWh) for the last 30 years due in large part to strict standards for homes and appliances. The rest of the U.S. has increased 40 percent (to roughly 12,000 kWh/year per person). And there is even more savings to be gained through additional advances in energy efficiency as well as conservation by users. Not to mention the boom in rooftop solar installations!

Edison needs to stop the Chicken Little routine -- the sky is NOT falling. The 21st Century is just moving forward.

March 29, 2013 at 5:16 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Filner, City Council, Tourism District Agree On Revised Operating Agreement

More transparency and accountability for the Tourism Marketing District, authorized by the City Council and funded by taxes collected by the City, is a very good thing. Thank You, Mayor Filner!

March 29, 2013 at 4:55 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Edison Says One Of San Onofre's Reactors Could Run At 100 Percent Power for 11 Months

HOW can we trust SoCal Edison after all its intentional avoidance of regulatory and public scrutiny? On top of this dismal track record, there's THIS: SoCal Edison's "Chief Nuclear Officer" and Sr. Vice President in charge of San Onofre was "site vice president" of the James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant in Lycoming, New York before being hired by SoCal Edison in late 2010. http://www.electricenergyonline.com/?...

Dietrich took over the FitzPatrick Plant in May 2006. http://oswegocountybusiness.com/index...

In Sept. 2011, the Syracuse Post-Standard reported: "A series of investigations at the James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant in Scriba has resulted in four workers being fired and 34 being disciplined, a spokeswoman for the plant owner said Thursday. Meanwhile, federal prosecutors announced that one of the fired workers has pleaded guilty to falsifying tests of safety equipment at the plant." http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ss....

The records falsification happened on Dietrich's watch: "Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig Benedict said that on 32 documented occasions between 2006 and 2009, McCarrick falsely claimed he had completed such tests. Benedict said the incidents were investigated by special agents from the NRC." http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ss....

Per the above news story from the Oswego County Business Magazine (http://oswegocountybusiness.com/index...), before Dietrich's tenure at the Fitzpatrick Plant, he was General Manager, Plant Operations at Pilgrim Nuclear Station, another troubled Entergy plant located in Massachusetts. He joined Entergy in 1991 at Arkansas Nuclear One in Russellville, AR, where he held positions in operations and as maintenance manager. In 2000, Dietrich became director of strategic planning for deregulation and merger activities at Entergy Corporation? s headquarters in New Orleans. Dietrich is a US Naval Academy graduate (Naval Architecture) and served 5 years in the Navy Surface Nuclear Power Program (NOT subs); has an MBA from Tulane (no doubt earned while at Entergy HQs).

He looks like a "fixer" to me, all the plants he's run since his stint as Director of Strategic Planning for Entergy are troubled plants (FitzPatrick is rumored to be the next one Entergy closes after Kewaunee, and Pilgrim has been the object of strong opposition for decades, including most recently litigation by the MA Attorney General.) Dietrich is not a "tech guy" -- not a nuclear scientist nor engineer, but a business manager.

March 19, 2013 at 3:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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