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10/29/2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE #10292013
Subject :

PG&E and CPUC Pledge to Improve Safety Communication
Contact :Jeff Maltbie, City Manager, City Manager    (650) 802-4228
    jmaltbie@cityofsancarlos.org
 SAN CARLOS, CA, October 29, 2013 – Senator Jerry Hill, as chair of the Subcommittee on Gas and Electric Infrastructure Safety for the California State Senate's Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communication, held a hearing yesterday in San Carlos.  The hearing provided a forum for local agencies to discuss their experiences communicating with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) about their safety concerns and for the utility and its oversight board to respond. San Carlos’ recent experience with these two organizations regarding ongoing safety issues concerning Line 147 prompted the hearing. 

San Carlos Vice Mayor Mark Olbert welcomed approximately 150 attendees to San Carlos for the event. Senator Hill and Assemblyman Kevin Mullin presided over the hearing wherein representatives from San Bruno, Burlingame, San Carlos, and the San Mateo County City Managers Group testified as to their past experiences and hopes for the future.  Among the stated goals were independent oversight, rebuilding of trust and two-way communication.  Representatives from PG&E mentioned improvements to communication and record keeping since the San Bruno explosion three years ago and welcomed the opportunity to further develop communication in an effort to regain public trust. PG&E recognized that it can improve the way it engages communities and is committed to improving communication with several actions planned over the coming year. CPUC Deputy Executive Director for Policy and External Relations Brian Turner expressed his willingness for more open communication with communities and stated that the CPUC also has plans in place to improve communications over the next year.  He also invited interested individuals to contact him at his office at (415) 703-5765 or Brian.Turner@cpuc.ca.gov.  

There will be the opportunity for more input on this matter, as Senator Hill called for another hearing on November 18th at a location to be determined. Senator Hill stated that he hopes to learn at the hearing that progress has been made to improve dialogue between PG&E, the CPUC and the communities they serve.



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