Megan Rawlins

The $2.8 billion rate hike

PG&E's higher electric rates will suck vast sums from SF's economy
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In the middle of what economists are calling the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, when California unemployment rates have hit post-WWII records, commercial defaults are rising, and families and businesses are hurting, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. is asking for electricity rate hikes that would take at least $47 million out of the local community, a Guardian analysis shows. Read more »

Fewer young people using drugs

THE DRUG ISSUE: When it comes to illicit substances, SF's kids are alright.
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Opposition to drug use is often couched in concern about children, but today's kids are using fewer drugs than in the past. And, according to a survey of risky behavior, San Francisco's young people are using fewer drugs than those nationally.

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The blackout factor

PG&E's poor reliability record costs businesses millions
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This chart shows how customers of Pacific Gas and Electric Co. face far more power outages than customers of any of the public power agencies in the Bay Area

Noel Birbeck makes signs. Read more »