San Diego Weekly Reader May 9, 2013 : Page 4

LETTERS We welcome letters pertain-ing to the contents of the Reader. Phone them in at 619-235-3000, x460; address them to Letters, Box 85803, San Diego, CA 92186-5803; or submit them at SDReader. com/letters. Include your name, address, and phone number. Letters may be edited for length and clarity. Featured Deals This Week 60% off couples horse ride and wine tasting $99 for 90-minute ride Wine Country Trails by Horseback on sale Wednesday–Tuesday, May 8–14 Still Highest An April 24 Don Bauder article, “San Diego Gas & Electric rates are nation’s highest,”(City Lights) incor-rectly stated that San Diego Gas & Electric’s (SDG&E) rates are the nation’s high-est. The article source was a quarterly electric rates survey by the Jacksonville Electric Authority (JEA). Actually, SDG&E ranked third (not first) in JEA’s quar-terly Electric Rate Compari-son survey. It is important to note that this survey is not comprehensive and is not a national utility comparison. Notably, Pacific Gas & Elec-tric, one of California’s three investor-owned utilities, isn’t included in the survey. Nationally SDG&E’s aver-age customer bills are among the lowest of all investor-owned utilities, despite CA having one of the highest renewable energy targets in the country. SDG&E’s cus-tomers use less electricity because San Diego has a mild climate. This means there are fewer kWh to spread out the fixed costs required to main-tain safe and reliable service making rate comparisons misleading. All California investor-owned utilities are on a tiered rate system, in general this means that electricity rates rise progressively as elec-tricity use increases into the second, third and fourth tiers ( http://www.sdge.com/ tiered-rates ). The California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) established the tiered rate structure to encourage conservation as well as help provide some electricity for basic needs at a lower rate. If a household in SDG&E’s service area is using 1250 $150 for 5-day performing arts summer camps for ages 3-18 Scripps Performing Arts Academy on sale Wednesday–Tuesday, May 8–14 $89 for complete interior and exterior auto detail with Clay Bar Treatment Speed Shine Car Wash 4 San Diego Reader May 9, 2013 kWh of electricity (the usage amount from the JEA survey) they would be well into the highest tier. The average SDG&E customer uses 500 kWh during a 30-day billing period. Anonymous via email Don Bauder responds: I have checked the Jackson-ville electric rate survey. You are right: for the 1000 kwh I cited, SDG&E was third, not first, out of 54 utilities measured. I take complete responsibility and apologize for the error. I have checked data going back to 2010. In the JEA res-idential survey (quarterly) SDG&E has consistently had the highest rates in the nation. So the column’s gen-eralization, embodied in the headline, stands. Here are JEA data for 100 kwh among more than 50 utilities: Oct. 2012, SDG&E high-est in nation; Oct. 2011 SDG&E highest; July 2012 SDG&E highest; July 2011 SDG&E highest; July 2010 SDG&E highest; April 2012 SDG&E 3rd highest; April 2011 SDG&E 2nd; April 2010 SD G&E 2nd; Jan. 2012 SDG&E 3rd; Jan. 2011 SDG&E 1st and Jan. 2010 SDG&E 2nd. Thus, SDG&E rates were the highest in the country in seven of those twelve surveys going back to 2010, and sec-ond or third in the other five. Going back to 2002, SDG&E consistently had the highest rates in the nation. For exam-ple, for the January quarterly surveys from 2002 through 2009, SDG&E’s rates were highest every year except one. Best, Don Bauder EDITOR Jim Holman NEWS & FEATURES EDITOR Ernie Grimm SENIOR EDITOR Matt Potter ASSISTANT EDITORS Robert Mizrachi, Robert Nutting EDITORIAL ASSISTANTS Hector Lam, Chris Woo CONTRIBUTORS Don Bauder, Ed Bedford, Jane Belanger, John Brizzolara, Patrick Daugherty, Joe Deegan, W.S. Di Piero, Barbara Fokos, Mary Grimm, Moss Gropen, Dorian Hargrove, Thomas Larson, Deirdre Lickona, Matthew Lickona, Bill Manson, Elizabeth Salaam, Jeff Smith GENERAL MANAGER John-Paul Franklin ADVERTISING SALES DIRECTOR Chris Reed ADVERTISING SALES MANAGERS Mercia Daughn, Chrissy Guevara SENIOR ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Bill Burton, Matthew Dickson, Brett Flynn, Stephen Hatch, Holly Micelli, Randy Rice, Todd Westfall ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Eduardo Bravo, Johnny Costabile, Ashley Loschiavo, Traci Mendoza, Marinda Peugh, David Phillipich, Liz Zimmerman CLIENT RELATIONS MANAGER Graeme Storey MARKETING COORDINATOR Andy Boyd AD COORDINATOR Andrea Ormerod DIGITAL AD COORDINATOR Cara Polis DIGITAL SPECIALIST Hannah Kwak PRODUCTION MANAGER Deborah Condit PRODUCTION ARTISTS Mike Brown, Jessica Wentzel ACCOUNTING MANAGER Michelle Wilcox ACCOUNTING STAFF Regina Gaither, Erika Pineda ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF Lauren Bishop I.T. MANAGER Gavin Rattmann I.T. ENGINEER Michael Wayne 0PERATIONS DIRECTOR Howard Rosen All advertising in the Reader is subject to current rate card. The Reader reserves the right not to accept an advertiser’s order. The entire contents of the San Diego Reader are copyright 2013, SDReader, Inc. All rights reserved. NATIONAL ADVERTISING The Ruxton Group -1-888-2Ruxton MAILING ADDRESS Reader, P.O. Box 85803 San Diego, CA 92186-5803 OFFICE 2323 Broadway, suite 200 619-235-8200 Paid Classifieds GENERAL INFORMATION Fired Over Story I would love to say thank you to the team at the Reader . The hearts that were reached from the story (“Shame: Few Visit Women Prisoners,” April 11) are many! I’m truly grateful that God gave me the cour-age and strength to speak for those who are still held in bondage to unresolved trauma and addiction. Unfortunately, my employ-ers were not very open-continued on page 46 on sale Wednesday–Friday, May 8–10 Hundreds more at ReaderCity.com 619-235-3000

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We welcome letters pertaining to the contents of the Reader. Phone them in at 619-235-3000, x460; address them to Letters, Box 85803, San Diego, CA 92186-5803; or submit them at SDReader.Com/letters. Include your name, address, and phone number. Letters may be edited for length and clarity.<br /> <br /> Still Highest <br /> <br /> An April 24 Don Bauder article, “San Diego Gas & Electric rates are nation’s highest,”(City Lights) incorrectly stated that San Diego Gas & Electric’s (SDG&E) rates are the nation’s highest.The article source was a quarterly electric rates survey by the Jacksonville Electric Authority (JEA).<br /> <br /> Actually, SDG&E ranked third (not first) in JEA’s quarterly Electric Rate Comparison survey. It is important to note that this survey is not comprehensive and is not a national utility comparison.Notably, Pacific Gas & Electric, one of California’s three investor-owned utilities, isn’t included in the survey.<br /> <br /> Nationally SDG&E’s average customer bills are among the lowest of all investorowned utilities, despite CA having one of the highest renewable energy targets in the country. SDG&E’s customers use less electricity because San Diego has a mild climate. This means there are fewer kWh to spread out the fixed costs required to maintain safe and reliable service making rate comparisons misleading.<br /> <br /> All California investorowned utilities are on a tiered rate system, in general this means that electricity rates rise progressively as electricity use increases into the second, third and fourth tiers (http://www.sdge.com/ tiered-rates). The California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) established the tiered rate structure to encourage conservation as well as help provide some electricity for basic needs at a lower rate.If a household in SDG&E’s service area is using 1250 kWh of electricity (the usage amount from the JEA survey) they would be well into the highest tier. The average SDG&E customer uses 500 kWh during a 30-day billing period.<br /> <br /> Anonymous via email <br /> <br /> Don Bauder responds: I have checked the Jacksonville electric rate survey. You are right: for the 1000 kwh I cited, SDG&E was third, not first, out of 54 utilities measured. I take complete responsibility and apologize for the error.<br /> <br /> I have checked data going back to 2010. In the JEA residential survey (quarterly) SDG&E has consistently had the highest rates in the nation. So the column’s generalization, embodied in the headline, stands.<br /> <br /> Here are JEA data for 100 kwh among more than 50 utilities: <br /> <br /> Oct. 2012, SDG&E highest in nation; Oct. 2011 SDG&E highest; July 2012 SDG&E highest; July 2011 SDG&E highest; July 2010 SDG&E highest; April 2012 SDG&E 3rd highest; April 2011 SDG&E 2nd; April 2010 SDG&E 2nd; Jan. 2012 SDG&E 3rd; Jan. 2011 SDG&E 1st and Jan. 2010 SDG&E 2nd.<br /> <br /> <br /> Thus, SDG&E rates were the highest in the country in seven of those twelve surveys going back to 2010, and second or third in the other five.<br /> <br /> Going back to 2002, SDG&E consistently had the highest rates in the nation. For example, for the January quarterly surveys from 2002 through 2009, SDG&E’s rates were highest every year except one.<br /> <br /> Best, Don Bauder <br /> <br /> Fired Over Story <br /> <br /> I would love to say thank you to the team at the Reader. The hearts that were reached from the story (“Shame: Few Visit Women Prisoners,” April 11) are many! I’m truly grateful that God gave me the courage and strength to speak for those who are still held in bondage to unresolved trauma and addiction.<br /> <br /> Unfortunately, my employers were not very open minded about the article. The article came out on April 11.I was fired on April 22. I am heartbroken.<br /> <br /> My employers claim I did not disclose my felony on my employment paperwork. On my orientation paperwork I admitted my felony and even wrote a paragraph explaining it. During the hiring process, I approached my co-manager and told her that I had a felony. I was told it wasn’t a problem. They could still hire me. They are an equal opportunity employer.<br /> <br /> They saw me working hard every day for the company, and read about the struggles I was faced with. You would think that they would have compassion and love for me. Instead they choose to be closed-minded and judgmental.<br /> <br /> I was an amazing employee. I never came into work with anything other than a smile on my face, and an open heart for not only the customers, but for the employees also. Instead of love and acceptance, they did everything they could to get me fired from the only means I have to provide for myself and my daughter.<br /> <br /> I told my story to reach out to people who feel alone and ashamed. I wanted to have a positive impact on the community, not create a negative situation in my life.<br /> <br /> Cassie Briscoe via email <br /> <br /> In Horrible Taste <br /> <br /> Your fake news article about Point Loma High School’s “porn studio” is in horrible taste (SD on the QT: “Student Bodies,” May 2). As a former media arts teacher at the school, I know what it’s like when you are working 12 or more hours a day to open a media arts building, and to make it work with little help.<br /> <br /> Why not write an article profiling the talents of Anthony Palmiotto and his students, who have won multiple awards for filmmaking projects at festivals? Instead, you have created a potential problem for the educator, the school, and the school district . Not everyone reads the tiny print, “Almost Factual News,” and when you say “almost” it suggests that there is some truth in the article.<br /> <br /> I received an email last night from L.A. from an Oscar-winning filmmaker (a friend) who read the article and wanted to know what was going on — and he is a frequent donor to the school’s media arts program.<br /> <br /> Picking on public schools with this lurid “almost facutal news” story is appalling.Can’t you find any newsworthy articles to write about at the Reader? You owe the teacher, the school, the students, and the public a formal apology.<br /> <br /> Larry Zeiger via email

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