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Shed light on Edison rate hike

February 08, 2009

Re: David Lazarus' consumer column, "Edison rate hike causing friction," Jan. 28

As an Edison customer currently on unemployment, I'd like to know two things in regards to the more than $1 billion in additional cash that the company is seeking over the next three years.

First, is this hike being requested for anything other than operational costs? It'd really be a joke if any percentage of this increase is going into executive pay packages.

Second, why is somebody with such a close relationship to Edison allowed to have a say in this matter? As president of the California Public Utilities Commission, Michael Peevey should be looking out for the best interests of taxpayers and Edison's business needs, and the column introduces serious doubts about whether that is happening.

Mariana Bension-Larkin

Santa Monica

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