SEMPRA denies activists access to property to deliver letter outlining their concerns about the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant – (Or Marcia, Carol, Hugh and Ray’s magnificent adventure)
by Carol Jahnkow
May 19, 2012–Representatives of the Peace Resource Center of San Diego, Citizens Oversight Project, the Green Party of San Diego and the newly formed Shut San Onofre Working Group were told Friday morning by SEMPRA security officers that they would not be allowed on SEMPRA’s property at 101 Ash Street to deliver a letter directed to SEMPRA Executive Chairman, Donald Felsinger.
Marcia Patt, Hugh Moore, Carol Jahnkow and Ray Lutz were told that instead, a security officer would come out to the street to accept the letter on behalf of SEMPRA Executive Chairman, Donald Felsinger. Three San Diego Police Department cars with 5-6 officers observed from across the street.
After a press conference on the street, the four citizens approached the stairs to the office building and were told again that they would not be allowed on the property to deliver the letter. After an exchange about the political rights of citizens to go onto “private property,” the head security officer abruptly turned his back on us, walked away and went back into the office, while several other security officers remained nearby.
The four citizen activists then exercised their rights and continued on to the property and up to the door which required a pass key for entrance. After a very short wait, the security officer returned outside and accepted the letter. We requested that a copy be time-stamped and returned to us, which was done. After we had returned to the street, SDPD officers who had apparently been waiting inside the SEMPRA office came out and left.
What was SEMPRA afraid of? Is the pen, indeed, mightier than the swor
How outrageous that ratepayers (who no doubt helped pay for the building and property) are not “permitted” to come on the property which is a lovely, inviting small plaza downtown, with attempts made to intimidate them with a police presence? There were only four of us … all nonviolent, two of us senior citizens.
Our concerns with San Onofre and our requests to SEMPRA can be read in the attached letter in a pdf file Download File. You are invited to return to SEMPRA’s office with us for a Rally on Wednesday, May 23, 4-6 p.m., SW corner of Ash and First Street. Mr. Felsinger has been asked to address/answer our questions at the rally, but according to a media report, he will not be doing that.
“SHUT SAN ONOFRE” RALLY AT UTILITY COMPANY OFFICES
Date/Time: Wednesday, May 23, 2012, 4pm to 6pm.
Location: Sempra Energy Offices, 101 Ash Street San Diego, CA 92101
(And at offices in Irvine, San Francisco, Oakland, and Fresno.)
Parking: Free parking available at Horton Plaza parking garage (validate at machines in the mall).
Trolley Stop: Civic Center station, two blocks away.
Details: See http://ShutDownSanOnofre.org or