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Supervisor Jim Desmond -The State is Raising Our Electricity Bill

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A few months back, I reached out to you regarding the State of California’s ill-conceived plan to charge electricity based on income. Thanks to our collective outcry, that proposal was rightfully defeated. However, our voices were not heard loud enough, as the state has now introduced a similar flawed scheme.

The California Public Utilities Commission has approved an additional $24 monthly charge on most electricity bills, amounting to a staggering $288 in new fees annually. This imposition will hit working-class families hardest, exacerbating the already challenging task of affording life in our state.

As Californians, we already bear one of the nation’s highest electricity price tags, and this new directive only means more of our hard-earned money flowing into state coffers.

Here’s the breakdown: households with one or two individuals earning below $39,440 will see a $6 monthly increase; those earning between $39,440 and $62,150 will face a $12 monthly charge, while individuals making $62,150 or more will be saddled with a monthly fee of $24.50.

It’s essential to note that these charges are irrespective of whether you have solar panels, making solar investments less economical. This approach also disincentivizes energy conservation, as consumers will now bear a fixed monthly cost on top of their usage.

Also, California electricity prices have risen 50% since 2017 and are now double the national average.

I’ve always advocated for a fair principle: the more you use, the more you pay. Electric companies already offer programs to aid those in need, but this new fee structure, tied to income and disincentivizing conservation, is not the solution.

It’s time to take action. I urge each of you to contact your state representatives and demand a reversal of this decision. Together, we can ensure that Californians are not burdened unfairly and that our electricity policies promote fairness and sustainability.

Steve Padilla State Senator -18th District (619) 409-7690

Catherine Blakespear State Senator – 38th District (760) 642-0809

Toni Atkins State Senator – 39th District (619) 688-6700

Brian Jones State Senator – 40th District (858) 547-3818

Laurie Davies Assembly – 74th District (760) 433-7400

Marie Waldron Assembly – 75th District (858) 566-7538

Brian Maienschein Assembly – 76th District (858) 675-0760

Tasha Boerner Assembly – 77th District (858) 481-7704

Christopher Ward Assembly – 78th District (619) 280-7801

Akilah Weber Assembly – 79th District (619) 465-7903

David A. Alvarez Assembly – 80th District (619) 498-8580

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San Diego County District 5 Supervisor Jim Desmond


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