Riptide contributor Alan Wald shares the spotlight with California 11th District Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi at her New Year's party for friends and supporters, January 8, 2023 at the San Francisco Presidio Officers Club. (PHOTO BY RAYMOND SANCHEZ)
During the recent storm-caused power outages, I got several recorded phone calls from Pathetic Gas & Electric Company. The PG&E robot would say my power was out, which I already knew because I was standing in the dark. The recordings never said specifically what was wrong or when it would be over. Then it would call again after the power came back on to inform me that power had been restored, which I already knew because my lights were back on. Duh. Perhaps PG&E should call with actual useful information, or not call at all.
It's time for public ownership of public utilities like PG&E.