Bring back the utility side of PG&E Co. 

Your front-page headline reads: Rising from the ASHES, (“PG&E trying to win your trust” July 16) where one of the Bay Area’s most visible public relations and crisis management experts said “I would say that PG&E is arguably the most damaged corporate brand in America today.”

Let us separate PG&E Corp., from PG&E Co., the utility. When the utility was owned largly by San Franciscan stockholders, mostly retired folks, and acknowledged as the best privately owned utility in America, the company was commonly referred to as the Pacific Service Co., and provided the lowest gas and electric rates in the country.

So flush with spinning reserve hydro electric power, that they provided a special rate for all electric Gold Medallion homes, and advertised “Don’t be a dishwasher, buy one.” When customers saw employees standing around open manholes, they would call directly to the company president to complain that the employees were not working.

However, when the utility had bought up over 1,500 other utilities, and began the swinging door changing of presidents from outside the company, the PG&E Corp. was formed as an holding company for the addition of none utility companies. It is time to separate the former Pacific Service Co. from  PG&E Corp., and return to the practice of grooming employees to climb up the company ladder to become president, in returning public trust in California’s largest private regulated utility headquartered in The City.

Frank Norton
PG&E employee from 1954-2008
San Francisco

GOP not the problem

I just read the letter concerning Republicans and health care (“GOP can’t fix health care,” July 17). What bull! The GOP proposal of tort reform, personalized and portable policies, open competition among health insurers, and physician-centered cost control, trumps the bureaucratic-heavy, restrictive, expensive and horrendously unworkable hodge-podge that the current legislation offers. And Republicans obstructed the process?

It was Obama who rejected every suggestion he belatedly solicited at his “open confab” with Republicans — even demonizing Rep. Paul Ryan the day after the televised gathering at which he called his suggestions insightful — and Rep. Nancy Pelosi who took the legislation behind closed doors to strong-arm it through in a purely partisan and legally questionable manner.

Phil Page
San Francisco

BAIN as a campaign issue

There is an old saying that what goes around, comes around. It looks like Mitt Romney’s undeserved and obscene financial gains from BAIN are now coming back to haunt him. It’s one thing to make a lot of money without much social value to showfor it — never mind negative impact in terms of businesses ruined and jobs lost.

But it is much worse if his activities involved shady dealings, questionable methods and perhaps tax evasion. Greed feeds on itself, and with too much money for too little effort, it is easy to lose perspective and convince oneself that the end justifies the means.

Perhaps Romney’s undisclosed tax returns are too revealing? Uniquely unqualified as he is for the highest office in the world, he has to resort to lying about the incumbent president, rewriting history, making up stories and fall back on ad hominem attacks.

President Barack Obama, on the other hand, only needs to tell the truth about Mitt Romney.

Jorg Aadahl
San Mateo

Sheriff was elected by S.F.

As voter in San Francisco, I urge the Board of Supervisors to listen to the people.  We elected the Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi legitimately and I feel he should remain until his term for re-election is due. I am older than the mayor and do not feel he should void my vote — I can still make my own choices at eighty-four.

Nora Haymond
San Francisco

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