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September 6, 2012 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
Prominent Los Angeles real estate developer Rick Caruso is expected to build a large-scale retail and entertainment center in north San Diego County after acquiring a plot of land along Interstate 5 from a local utility. Caruso said Thursday that he has agreed to buy a 48-acre parcel on Cannon Road in Carlsbad from San Diego Gas & Electric to be used for a future real estate development. Terms of the sale were not revealed and Caruso did not say exactly what he hopes to build, but he is best known for his Grove shopping center in the Fairfax district of Los Angeles and his Americana at Brand retail and residential development in Glendale.
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March 21, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - Ratepayers of Southern California Edison Co. and San Diego Gas & Electric Co. could be in line for a share of more than $1 billion in refunds as part of a possible financial settlement from the closure of the San Onofre nuclear power plant. Both Edison and another party to the negotiations, the Utility Reform Network (TURN), a consumer advocacy group, confirmed that a settlement conference is scheduled Thursday at the San Francisco headquarters of the California Public Utilities Commission.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 1989
I think there's something wrong with our commentary priorities. With all the problems we have with the homeless, traffic congestion, funding our schools, etc., surely home rule of San Diego Gas & Electric must be way down the list. But no. We're going to spend every last dollar buying out SDG&E and trying to run it. Come on. Let's get our priorities straight. TONY NUCCIO Vista
NEWS
March 13, 2013 | By Ronald Litzinger
Though public debate over the future of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station is proper and healthy, it is important that customers understand exactly how their rates are calculated and how utilities' costs are recovered from long-term investments in critical electricity grid infrastructure.   On its face, Times columnist Michael Hiltzik's argument that utility customers should not have to pay for a power plant that, like San Onofre, is not currently producing electricity seems perfectly logical.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 1988
Southern California Edison has offered to take over San Diego Gas & Electric. SDG&E is the worst-managed public utility in the United States and has cost the residents of this county untold overcharges for utilities. Why have you not used your highly influential newspaper to encourage this takeover? Nothing but good can come of a takeover with Southern California Edison's proven cost-conscious management. J. E. CRAWFORD Vista
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 1989
An Assembly committee Monday defeated a bill by Assemblywoman Lucy Killea (D-San Diego) that called for an advisory vote of San Diegans on the proposed merger of San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison. Killea was able to muster just six votes for the bill in the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee, where seven votes are required for passage. Although Assemblyman Bill Bradley (R-San Marcos) supports the bill, he missed Monday's hearing because he is hospitalized in San Diego with a bleeding ulcer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 1985
A 35-year-old San Diego man was died Thursday when the van he was driving hit the rear of a cement mixing truck on northbound Interstate 5 at Del Mar Heights Road. The California Highway Patrol said the van, driven by Solomon Eugene Head, an employee of San Diego Gas & Electric Co., hit the cement truck 10:59 a.m. Head was taken to Scripps Memorial Hospital in Encinitas, where he died at 11:53 a.m. The driver of the truck was not identified.
BUSINESS
May 29, 1989
Merger Would Increase Competition: Competition among electric utilities in the West would increase if San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison are merged into the nation's largest gas and electric utility, the two utilities maintained in a filing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. They said their proposed merger would give competitors increased access to the limited number of existing transmission lines in California and the West. Critics contend the merger would stifle competition, and that Edison for years has denied municipal utilities access to its transmission lines.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 1988
The San Diego Clean Air Coalition is concerned with the very possible large increase of air pollution if Southern California Edison takes over the San Diego Gas & Electric power plants. We might find ourselves producing power (with its accompanying pollution) for Orange County and the rest of Edison's service area. Edison President Howard Allen alluded to this when he explained the benefits to his constituents. Our skies are already tinged with brown, and our Encina and South Bay plants could double or triple their pollution.
BUSINESS
January 9, 1985
The settlement with bankrupt United Petroleum Distributors of Houston and its president, Edward J. Fourti calls for both sides to drop their lawsuits. San Diego Gas & Electric had alleged that United defrauded it out of $31.2 million in fuel oil as part of an oil-storage agreement in 1978, while Fourti countersued on charges of breach of contract and false representation. SDG&E said it already has written off $30.6 million in probable losses from the deal.
BUSINESS
March 12, 2013 | Michael Hiltzik
There are train wrecks, and there are train wrecks. Then there's San Onofre. You probably know San Onofre as the full-figured fiasco overlooking the Pacific Ocean near the Orange/San Diego county line. Beginning in 2004, Southern California Edison, the nuclear power plant's principal owner, oversaw a $770-million project to replace its two aging steam generators with new models. The new units, which were supposed to last 20 years, lasted scarcely 20 months before showing alarmingly severe wear and tear.
BUSINESS
September 6, 2012 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
Prominent Los Angeles real estate developer Rick Caruso is expected to build a large-scale retail and entertainment center in north San Diego County after acquiring a plot of land along Interstate 5 from a local utility. Caruso said Thursday that he has agreed to buy a 48-acre parcel on Cannon Road in Carlsbad from San Diego Gas & Electric to be used for a future real estate development. Terms of the sale were not revealed and Caruso did not say exactly what he hopes to build, but he is best known for his Grove shopping center in the Fairfax district of Los Angeles and his Americana at Brand retail and residential development in Glendale.
BUSINESS
June 15, 2012 | Michael Hiltzik
Experienced consumers know that whenever a company says it's changing its services to serve them better, it's wise to count the silverware and make sure the doors are locked. But San Diego Gas & Electric Co. has lately unveiled a groundbreaking advance in the art of shafting customers and disguising it as an act of love. The utility wants to give some of its 1.2 million residential customers the option to prepay their electric bills. Think of it as similar to a prepaid cellphone for which you buy a basket of minutes in advance; in this case you would put money in an SDG&E account, and when your electric usage drains it down you would refill it with cash or by bank card to keep the lights on. What could be more convenient than that?
BUSINESS
May 5, 2010 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Several California utilities should be penalized for receiving bonuses while falling short of their energy-saving goals, the state utility regulator's independent watchdog arm said Tuesday. From 2006 to 2008, Southern California Edison , Pacific Gas & Electric Co., San Diego Gas & Electric Co. and Southern California Gas Co. spent $2 billion of customers' money, amassed through a small charge on each bill, to fund energy efficiency programs that were expected to return $2.7 billion in savings.
HOME & GARDEN
February 27, 2010 | Ilsa Setziol
Some power companies are pulling the plug on old-fashioned mechanical electric meters, and to the likely disappointment of growl-happy dogs, fewer meter-readers will be invading yards across Southern California. Southern California Edison, Pacific Gas and Electric and San Diego Gas and Electric are upgrading customers to digital "smart meters" that can transmit real-time data about electricity use back to the utility company wirelessly. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is updating meters too, but primarily for larger businesses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 2009 | Tony Perry
The Public Utilities Commission on Thursday rejected a plan by San Diego Gas & Electric Co. to turn off power to back-country areas during times of high winds and low humidity to avoid a repeat of the disastrous fires that ripped through the county in 2007. The commissioners, in a 4-1 vote, said the company had not shown that its plan would decrease the chances of fire. Commission member Rachelle Chong said she was influenced by opposition from the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, the county Office of Emergency Services and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 1987
Environmental organizations are concerned with the negative attitude of San Diego Gas & Electric Co. and its lawsuit over emission fees needed to support the Air Pollution Control District. It appears that SDG&E wants the burden to continue to fall on small business in San Diego County. Small business now pays 87% but produces less than half the pollution. Service stations alone pay 34% of the total annual permit renewal fees but only emit 1%. The Clean Air Coalition is pleased to see that the rest of the industrial community recognizes their responsibility.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 2009 | Tony Perry
Even as firefighters continue fighting the Station fire, the largest brush fire in Los Angeles County history, an emotionally charged issue is flaring over how to avoid a repeat of the disastrous 2007 fires in San Diego County. On Thursday, the Public Utility Commission is set to vote on a San Diego Gas & Electric Co. proposal to turn off power to some back-country areas during fire-prone times of high winds and low humidity. The fires, which burned more than 200,000 acres and destroyed more than 1,500 homes, were caused by sparking electrical wires blown down by unusually fierce Santa Ana winds.
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