Assemblywoman Smith Expresses PSPS Concern to Governor Gavin Newsom, CPUC

Friday, November 1, 2019

SANTA CLARITA, CA — Assemblywoman Christy Smith (D-Santa Clarita) wrote a letter to Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) expressing her concern for the Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) system and its application in communities like Agua Dulce in the 38th Assembly District.

The Office of Assemblywoman Smith has received numerous calls from constituents illustrating the inconveniences, and in some cases, danger, PSPS has caused.

“When neighbors’ safety and livelihood are at stake, it is defeatist to simply express sympathies and refer them to the same resources. My constituents have called repeatedly throughout the last few weeks,” Assemblywoman Smith said in the letter. “Their unfortunate and lackluster interactions with every government agency and the power companies intended to serve them has been disappointing, if not outright shameful. On behalf of the medically fragile and elderly, we must take immediate action to ensure their healthcare and safety, and on behalf of all the communities I represent, this crisis must be the top governing priority as we head into the new year.”

The full letter to Governor Newsom is attached.

Assemblywoman Christy Smith represents California’s 38th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Santa Clarita, Simi Valley, Agua Dulce, Castaic, Santa Susana Knolls and North San Fernando Valley.

CONTACT: Danni.Wang@asm.ca.gov, (661) 286-1565