SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — A union chief representing So Cal Fuel Firm staff threatened to bus individuals to San Luis Obispo the place they might not observe social distancing and protest a metropolis power proposal that favors electrical energy over fuel.
Eric Hoffman despatched an electronic mail to San Luis Obispo Neighborhood Improvement Director Michael Codron and different metropolis leaders on March 16. It reads, partially:
“Please do not power my hand in busing in a whole lot and a whole lot of pissed off individuals probably including to this pandemic.”
Hoffman is the President of the Utility Employees Union of America Native 132. The group represents hundreds of staff of So Cal Fuel. He threatened to shut streets for an enormous protest with “no social distancing in place” on April 7, the identical day the power proposal was scheduled to go up for a vote earlier than metropolis council. Ultimately, that vote didn’t occur and neither did the protest.
Information Channel 12 spoke with San Luis Obispo Mayor Heidi Harmon concerning the letter and the proposal Thursday afternoon.
“I used to be – and am – actually disillusioned and in addition involved that somebody would threaten the well being and security of not solely our neighborhood, however of the working individuals he represents,” Harmon stated.
The power proposal encourages all-electric new development in San Luis Obispo. If a developer chooses fuel, they must retrofit an current constructing or pay right into a metropolis fund used to exchange fuel with electrical energy. Different cities have handed comparable legal guidelines in an effort to section out fossil fuels. San Luis Obispo has pushed again the proposal in the intervening time.
“After they threatened to deliver a whole lot of – as they stated – actually ‘pissed off individuals’ right here to hazard our neighborhood, we did pump the brakes and hit pause simply to evaluate the scenario,” Harmon stated.
The Mayor instructed us metropolis leaders at the moment are speaking about transferring ahead with the power proposal as swiftly as doable.
“It is a false alternative that we have to select between a clear power future or jobs,” Harmon stated. “It is actually clear that these two issues can and should go collectively.
“I empathize with the priority round job loss, particularly now when so many individuals are shedding their jobs in so many industries. I actually hope that we are able to unite and put our power in the direction of fixing that drawback and dealing collectively to construct that bridge out of those older jobs which can be transitioning out of being useful to our planet and to our communities, and serving to these individuals transition into new clear power jobs.”
So Cal Fuel says the union speaks for itself. We reached out to the union and didn’t hear again.
The e-mail was first obtained by way of a Freedom of Data Act request by Local weather Investigations Middle, a fossil gas trade watchdog group.
— to keyt.com