SDG&E workers show how they close a natural gas shut-off valve when gas is reported. Photo by Chris Stone
SDG&E workers close a natural gas shut-off valve. Photo by Chris Stone

Former City Attorney Michael Aguirre has filed a lawsuit to overturn the city’s new 10-year franchise agreement with San Diego Gas and Electric.

The lawsuit alleges the agreement that received final approval from the City Council June 8 on a 6-3 vote violated the city charter and is a bad deal for the city.

Aguirre’s firm filed the lawsuit June 16 on behalf of Kathryn Burton, who worked in the City Attorney’s office during Aguirre’s single term in office a decade ago

“San Diego Gas and Electric and city officials dealt a losing hand to the people of San Diego,” Aguirre said after the filing.

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

Mayor Todd Gloria praised the $80 million agreement, which has an option to extend a second 10 years, as creating “certainty, accountability and a pathway to achieving climate equity in all our neighborhoods.”

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.