With San Bruno blast anniversary approaching, Mayor Ed Lee blasted over PG&E praise 

With the anniversary of the deadly San Bruno gas pipeline disaster looming, mayoral candidates lambasted Mayor Ed Lee’s praise of PG&E at a press event on Thursday highlighting a charitable program for children.

Lee called PG&E, the utility responsible for the pipeline, a “great company that gets it.” City Attorney Dennis Herrera called Lee’s comments “unconscionable” and said the mayor is using his office as a “corporate PR tool.”

“The interim mayor should reassess his laudatory view of PG&E, and apologize to San Bruno victims’ families,” Herrera said in a press release.

Read the response from Mayor Ed Lee's campaign here.

Supervisor John Avalos said he was “frankly astonished” to read Lee’s quote in the Thursday edition of The San Francisco Examiner.

“Ed Lee says that this corporation ‘gets it.’ PG&E seem to ‘get’ that a symbolic donation to a charity at the height of their unpopularity might help their rate-payers forget the catastrophic results of their negligence and bad practices,” Avalos said in a release.

Herrera also noted his preliminary efforts to sue state and federal regulators for not reasonably enforcing pipeline safety standards for the utility. As a result of the Sept. 9 explosion, eight people died and 38 homes were destroyed.


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