More than 20 California mayors sent a letter to the California Public Utilities Commission Tuesday endorsing a plan to create a customer-owned cooperative to take over Pacific Gas & Electric.
The letter, spearheaded by San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, was supported by the mayors of cities including Oakland and Sacramento. It asks the Commission and Governor Gavin Newsom to seriously consider the option before approving any bankruptcy reorganization plan for the troubled utility.
The company’s bankruptcy “requires a full and comprehensive effort to chart a sustainable course for the future of PG&E, one that will serve the interests of its customers, and position the company to meet the challenges we will face from a changing climate,” the letter states.
PG&E has faced near-universal criticism in California as it has cut power in recent weeks for millions of customers.