What were local politicians doing at Hawaii resort?
The New York Times on Jan. 5, published an article (“As fire ravaged California, utilities lobbied lawmakers for protection”) about a meeting of state lawmakers who met in November 2018 with representatives of several California utilities at a posh resort hotel in Wailea, Maui.
Consumerwatchdog.org noted among those attending were Assemblyman Heath Flora and state Senator Cathleen Galgiani. Ten other lawmakers, some of whom may have also accepted campaign contributions from the utilities, also attended. According to the article, the lawmakers held key committee assignments at the time deciding the fate of legislation determining who pays for 2017 wildfires when the cause is determined to be utility company-owned equipment.
Even if our local legislators paid their own way and took no campaign contributions, are Flora and Calgiani really so clueless as to the optics of such meetings in the eyes of the people they represent?
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Perhaps they can explain why this meeting was held in such a far-away tropical paradise to begin with. Apparently, while these lawmakers and utility company big shots were enjoying their Hawaiian interlude, the Camp Wildfire was blazing out of control. Even PG&E had sense enough at the last minute to cancel their reservations and not attend this soirée. Imagine that.
Rick Raef, Modesto
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