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Mayor Gloria Wins City Council Approval on Franchise Agreements

CITY COUNCIL APPROVES BETTER DEAL FOR SAN DIEGANS IN NEW GAS & ELECTRIC FRANCHISE AGREEMENTS

SAN DIEGO – The City Council voted today to approve the tentative gas and electric franchise agreements with San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) secured by Mayor Todd Gloria and the City negotiating team.

After the vote, Mayor Gloria issued this statement:

“I want to thank Council President Campbell, Pro Tem Whitburn and Councilmembers von Wilpert, Cate, Campillo, and Elo-Rivera for making the right choice to approve gas and electric franchise agreements that are a better deal for San Diegans. These agreements give our residents what they deserve: certainty, accountability, choices for clean energy and pathways to achieve climate equity for all our neighborhoods. This would not have been possible without the input from thousands of San Diegans and the Councilmembers whose leadership has helped secure our energy future.”

SDG&E has held exclusive franchises with the City to provide gas and electric service since 1920. The agreements allow the franchisee to use the public right-of-way to install and maintain the pipes, poles, wires and other infrastructure necessary to provide energy to San Diego’s residents and businesses.

In January, Mayor Gloria initiated a robust public-outreach effort to educate city residents about the franchise agreements and solicit opinions about San Diego’s energy future. The process included partnering the City Council to hold 13 virtual community forums, which hundreds of people attended, and an online survey that drew nearly 1,400 responses.