Pacific Gas and Electric Co. defended itself to a federal judge Wednesday amid scrutiny of its aging high-voltage power line system and corporate spending habits, arguing it was not dangerously neglectful of its infrastructure and had allocated its money wisely.
Archives for July 2019
California’s investor-owned utilities (IOUs) are aiming for the horizon as they continue navigating choppy waters on their financial journey through the current wildfire crisis, say executives, whose companies agreed last week to contribute to the state’s new wildfire insurance fund.
A record number of California adults, 71%, said they’re very concerned about wildfiresbecoming more severe due to global warming, according to the survey conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California. That’s an increase of almost 10 percentage points over last year.
On July 28, the six-year-old son of an IBEW 332 apprentice was killed during the Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting. The member’s wife and mother were reportedly also shot. Friends have set up a GoFundMe account to support the family as they cope with this heartbreaking tragedy, and the IBEW 1245 Executive Board has approved a… [Read More]
America’s largest gas utility is trying to thwart efforts to limit the use of natural gas in California beyond usual corporate lobbying efforts, going so far as to establish and fund a consumer group that pushes for “balanced energy solutions”.
IBEW Local 1245, which represents about half of the PG&E workforce, opposes the idea of San Francisco taking over PG&E infrastructure. Tom Dalzell, the union’s business manager, said his group worries about the negative impact a public power expansion could have on employee pensions. “And when you work for PG&E, you also have the ability… [Read More]
After 39 years as a member of IBEW 1245, including a whopping 22 years serving on its Executive Board, Anna Bayless Martinez has retired from her role as one of 1245’s most dedicated union leaders. At the Advisory Council meeting in Reno, Martinez’ longtime friend and colleague, Dorothy Fortier, presented Martinez with a commemorative plaque… [Read More]
This spring, IBEW 1245’s organizing stewards helped propel our ally, Republican Lawmaker Brian Dahle, to victory in a California State Senate Special Election. At the Advisory Council meeting in Reno, Business Manager Tom Dalzell recognized the extraordinary work of the six organizing stewards who were dispatched to work on the campaign for nearly three weeks,… [Read More]
When IBEW 1245 founder Ron Weakley passed away several years ago, he left a box of his cufflinks to 1245 Business Manager Tom Dalzell. At the quarterly Advisory Council meeting in Reno, Dalzell bequeathed a set of Weakley’s cufflinks to Ron Borst, president of 1245’s Reno-Sparks Retirees Club and a longtime 1245 activist who helped… [Read More]