PG&E DISCONNECTS SERVICES TO WORKING FAMILIES IN SF
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JUNE 28, 2001
Contact: Carlos or Berta (415) 452-9992
THURSDAY, JUNE 28
PRESS CONFERENCE AT 480 BARTLETT, SAN FRANCISCO, 2PM
HOSTED BY THE IMMIGRANTS RIGHTS MOVEMENT (MDI), THE PROGRESSIVE LEFT, GLOBAL EXCHANGE, AND INDIVIDUALS FROM THE COMMUNITY
NO MORE DISCONNECTIONS!
PUBLIC POWER NOW!
Organizations Denounce Electricity/Gas Disconnection for Working Families and the Poor
The MDI and the Progressive Left and other organizations condemn Pacific Gas and Electric’s (PG&E) disconnection of power to the Perez residence – which includes 5 children - and all other discontinuations of electrical and gas service to working families. We demand immediate re-connection of services and a repeal of all rate increases.
The story goes like this: PG&E, along with Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas and Electric, designs legislation that allows them to reap $20-billion in combined profits over a period of four years. When the loophole they put in to guarantee this profit, the frozen rates, turns against them, they start to cut off power to the state and demand the rate freeze end immediately. Their wishes are granted.
The big utilities try to spin the rate hike as a necessary condition for them to continue selflessly providing energy services to California ’s working families. But should any of California’s working families be incapable of paying their electrical bills that more than doubled overnight, they will find themselves in the same situation as the Perezes: unable to heat or light their houses or even cook food for their children. No payment plan will be made available.
There are presently 86,000 San Franciscan households on tight budgets that cannot afford PG&E and other utilities rate hikes (like garbage and water). With projected price spikes and rates increase projected to reach at least 300% in the next 6-9 months, is easy to predict that thousands of people will have their power cut off. This will deepen the gentrification process driving workers and people of color from San Francisco and the Bay Area.
That’s why residents of San Francisco and Brisbane should vote “Yes” on the Municipal Utilities District initiative on the local ballot this November and only support pro-working class candidates running independently of the Democratic and Republican Parties at the same time. That way we can take producing and distributing gas and electricity out of the control of lying, profit-driven energy barons like PG&E and do it ourselves.