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POSTED September 21, 2013 12:51 a.m.

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

An open letter to San Joaquin County Local Agency Formation Commission Executive Director James E. Glaser:

 I have been a citizen of Manteca for 41 years, and I am contacting you to convey the shared desire that you allow South San Joaquin Irrigation District’s highly appealing plan to provide power to South San Joaquin County captured customers of Pacific Gas & Electric to become a reality.  Personally, I am fully aware that this area of the county has been increasing in population since it was settled back in the 1880s, and has still been steadily growing during this Great Recession.  Now, in what could be the end of this dismal economic era, Manteca, as well as other nearby communities, is poised to grow at a much more rapid rate that has never been seen before when compared to its history, and it is of utmost importance for this region of our county to be able to have access to power that is much more affordable than whatever Pacific Gas & Electric cares to supply.  It is necessary that we have a cheaper source of power that will address all of our future needs.

 Pacific Gas & Electric has already displayed disdain for Californians after watching their behavior during the so called energy crises back at the turn of this century. They are not worth the trust of their customers so very much unearned, for it would be far better for this area of our great county to have a locally produced power source that can be held accountable other than some corrupt corporation that has been known to gouge and even kill innocent people through their own negligence of not maintaining their infrastructure.

 The future starts today, so I urge you to think of your neighbors by accepting South San Joaquin Irrigation District’s proposal to provide cheaper power to Manteca and its nearby cities.  Thank you for your time, and have a great day.


 Richard Michael McDonnell 


Sept. 19, 2013

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