This just in from Zavier, our Ojai reporter back from the Santa Barbara hearing- Great work SB!:
“Just wanted to give a brief report on today’s hearings. It was standing room only and the standees ringed the walls from right to left. 86 speakers signed up and the approximately 60 I heard before I had to leave were all heartfelt and terrific. Each put his or her own spin on the topic. Some were scientific, others indignant. Some spoke of the illnesses they personally experienced. There were many eloquent seniors. Heather Bryden and her Santa Barbara group handed out “No Smart Meter” buttons that many of us wore and a few of them made great, strong speeches.
Most of the speakers cut to the core of the opt-out issue, stating in no uncertain terms that it’s those who want smart meters who should be paying, not those who are being punitively forced to pay for something we DON”T want. There were about 6 of us from Ojai who attended and in addition two other Ojai people spoke that were not even part of our group. Also we met a group from Ventura acting independently who were not even aware of us or the larger California Coalition. I did note with some dismay, however, that after one person spoke rather boisterously and accusatorially, a reporter pulled that person over for an interview, apparently, I assume, to put a “crazy” face on the opposition. In any event, The Santa Barbara hearings would have to be termed a huge success! It’s hard to imagine how the CPUC could turn its back on such an outcry! -Zavier, Ojai