SLO County officials are trying to convince the Public Utilities Commission to kick our county’s major employer out of town, thereby ridding our community of thousands of jobs and effectively banishing well over 1,000 families that have lived in and served our community for decades. Not too bright.
These same numbskulls plan to soften the economic blow by proposing an $85 million settlement, as soon as they can figure out from whom they can steal it. A useless effort.
PG&E pays about $30 million annually in local property and sales taxes, amounting to over $600 million dollars of tax revenue over 20 years, not to mention many billions in indirect economic benefits.
Subtracting the $85 million “settlement” still leaves over half a billion dollars lost to the community over a 20-year period, to be paid by local taxpayers. The proposed “settlement” is a mere scheme intended to allow responsible officials and fossil-fuel dupes like the Mothers for Peace to convince themselves and others that their misguided efforts will not cause disastrous consequences to our community.
Perhaps the best thing we can do for our community and the future of our young people would be to identify these shortsighted officials and work together to remove them from office as swiftly as possible.
Mark Henry, San Luis Obispo
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