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Dina Padilla, Peace and Freedom candidate for Insurance Commissioner, will hold a press conference at the site of the September 9 gas main explosion in San Bruno.
When: Thursday, October 28 at 11:00am
Where: Claremont Street and Vermont Street, San Bruno (MAP)
What: Press conference at PG&E blast site
Contact: call 415-867-0628
The PG&E gas line blast on September 9, 2010 killed 8 people and destroyed 37 homes as well as injuring many in the community. This catastrophe was not an accident but the result of the criminal negligence of PG&E executives who put profits before the health and safety of the community. They had collected over $5 million to repair this aging pipe but they spent it someplace else. Additionally they refuse to allow the interrogation of all employees. In fact IBEW Local 1245 gas maintenance worker Mike Wiseman complained about improper safety training and was retaliated against. See Examiner.com, PG&E worker reveals serious safety problems".
This must be made a crime, yet PG&E executives are still doing damage control with the support of the Democrats and Republicans. The corporate-controlled California Public Utility Commission refused to enforce safety rules and the National Transportation Safety Board -- even under a Democratic president and Democratic Congress with Barbara Boxer as a leader -- is run by the oil and gas companies.
Peace and Freedom Party candidate for California Insurance Commissioner Dina Padilla will outline why she is supporting criminal prosecution to make PG&E bosses personally accountable and responsible for the deaths and construction. She also supports public control and ownership of the energy utilities in California. The profits of this utility should go to the people of California instead of the millionaires.
Following the press conference she will speak to students and staff at Skyline Community College. Shewill discuss why they facing increasing attacks on their right to an education by increasing fees as well as the PG&E explosion and the need for single payer health care for students and all people.