CPUC meeting report from Rich Marshall – Redding, CA 10-16-13
The meeting took place with all commissioners present at the City Hall chambers in Redding. We had a number of people who came down to speak including myself, Supervisor Valenzuela, Bob Rice, John Menke, Dean (Yreka Tea Party) Mr and Mrs _________________ from POW and Tea Party, and several others. Tom Pease videotaped the entire meeting.
Supervisor Ed Valenzuela gave a good presentation from the County basically asking the question of the basis on which the Commission is charging the surcharge and pointing out the sub- standard economic condition of Siskiyou County.
Bob Rice recounted the nearly 25% increase in electric rates for the College of the Siskiyous, the Measure G initiative and the issues concerning the KBRA and the KHSA documents.
I covered the issue concerning the lack of scientific integrity, the inability of the KBRA to meet the schedule dates set out in the KHSA, the benefits accruing to PacifCorp (accelerated depreciation, surcharge trusts, and the continual raising of electric rates on a region that has rejected the dam removal as a legitimate process.
I pointed out how the NGO’s have muddied the process in their attempt to raid the treasury and were fighting amongst themselves over the proceeds. The Salmon run today is the highest ever and is continuing and is a direct result of the Pacific Decadal Process which demonstrably affects the volume of Salmon entering the rivers.
I also concentrated on the issue of the CPUC authorizing the surcharge in spite of the advice of its own Ratepayer Advocate Process and that it was doing so without the support of the documents. Congress has not and won’t approve funding and the State of California has been unable to pass a bond issue required for its share of the cost to remove the dams.
The other speakers basically were pointing out the burden on people with low salaries and fixed incomes and the surcharges overburdening nature and against the desire of the people.
The Commission did not question anyone as they were just listening to the issues we raised. They did appear to be taking voluminous notes of what was said. In particular two of the Commissioners seemed very interested in our presentations. I think that they must be somewhat worried about the fact that the surcharge is so far out in front of the effective date of the KHSA and KBRA agreements, with no clear indication of when if ever the DOI will sign off on the agreements.
President Siskiyou Co Water Users Assoc.
PO Box 187
Fort Jones, CA 96032