Sacramento, CA – For months California families have seen their natural gas bills dramatically rising. This month, those bills shockingly skyrocketed due to higher demand and tighter supplies for natural gas on the West Coast. Utility bills already strain the budgets of many struggling Californians who are dealing with the high costs of living in this state, and the recent January rate increases squeeze budgets even more.
Senate Minority Leader Brian W. Jones (R-San Diego), Senate Minority Caucus Chair Janet Nguyen (R-Huntington Beach), and all members of the California Senate Republican Caucus have taken action to provide financial relief. In a letter to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) that was delivered today, Leader Jones and Caucus Chair Nguyen urged the CPUC board to swiftly adopt its California Climate Change Disbursement Program when the board meets tomorrow to review it.
Below is an excerpt of the caucus’ letter. Click here to download the full letter.
“Californians are facing natural gas bills that are double and even triple their usual cost. These high gas bills add to the financial hardships Californian families are already facing, such as rising inflation and high cost of living.”
Senator Brian W. Jones was reelected to the California State Senate in 2022 representing the 40th Senate District which includes the Cities of Escondido, Poway, San Marcos, Santee, San Diego City communities of Carmel Mountain Ranch, Mira Mesa, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Peñasquitos, Scripps Ranch, Sorrento Valley, and University City, along with the San Diego County unincorporated communities of 4S Ranch, Alpine, Bonsall, Fallbrook, Lakeside, Pine Valley, Rainbow, Ramona, and Valley Center.
Elected in 2022 overwhelmingly, Senator Janet Nguyen represents California Senate District 36, which covers Huntington Beach, Garden Grove, Newport Beach, Corona Del Mar, Westminster, San Clemente, Capistrano Beach, Fountain Valley, Buena Park, Dana Point, Seal Beach, Surfside, Laguna Beach, Stanton, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Cerritos, Artesia and Hawaiian Gardens and unincorporated cities of Midway City and Rossmoor. Senator Janet Nguyen has previously served as a City Councilmember, Orange County Supervisor, State Senate in the 34th District, and State Assembly