Capps, Blakeslee unite
In this era of mean-spirited partisanship, it’s heartening to see Lois Capps and Sam Blakeslee working together to advocate for those they represent—all living under the shadow of Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant.
On the hill, Rep. Capps got a little feisty recently, as you can observe in the recording of the May 4 hearing, available on her website. Why, she asked Chairman Jaczko, has the NRC not yet responded to repeated requests to halt Diablo’s relicensing application until the completion of advanced seismic studies?
The Fukushima Dai-ichi accident hovered like a specter in that hall, as Capps reminded Jaczko that Diablo Canyon sits within five kilometers of four active earthquake faults.
Quoting from a USGS report, Capps also informed the committee that, “Given our current state of knowledge, we cannot rule out the possibility of a rupture on the Shoreline Fault triggering a rupture on the Hosgri Fault, or visa versa”— a possibility that begs further study.
Thank you, Lois Capps, for asking why the NRC is stonewalling a stay on Diablo’s relicensing process. And to both Capps and Blakeslee, thank you for understanding that the safety of your constituents is a nonpartisan issue.
San Luis Obispo
Thanks from Del Mar
On April 10, Del Mar PTA and its 194 members held our 5th Annual Art Auction and BBQ at Del Mar Elementary School in Morro Bay. The event was a dynamic success, raising funds that will be used to support our school by providing all field trips, assemblies, art supplies and enrichment programs for our students and families.
This would not have been possible without the generous donation of time and energy by so many in our community. A sincere heartfelt thanks goes out to all those who donated auction items, such as gift certificates for local restaurants and services, hand-crafted items and beautiful works of art. Thank you to our parents, school staff and community volunteers and those who donated and purchased items as well as the incredible people who gave countless hours of their time.
Janet Gould principal, Del Mar Elementary School
OK, let me get this straight: PG&E is going to be allowed to raise rates (May 6) to cover the cost of replacing meters that were not worn out with SmartMeters that it appears that no one wants, in order to reduce the cost of reading meters?
PG&E is different
On May 6, The Tribune reported that PG&E was given approval to raise its rates to charge its customers “slightly” more to make up for profits lost when SmartMeters were installed. In an earlier edition, The Tribune reported that installation of SmartMeters was a cost-savings program for PG&E.
This seems to be a bit of double dipping by PG&E. Most private companies use their efficiency gains to offset the capital investment made to achieve it, but PG&E is obviously not one of most companies.