Plan to improve Tenderloin streetlights on hold amid PG&E-watchdog dispute [SF Chronicle]
Despite construction beginning on Larkin, with notices sent shortly after to Hyde Street, it appears this much anticipated project has hit yet another snag.
From SF Chronicle's J.K. Dineen:
A long-delayed plan to illuminate some of the Tenderloin’s darkest blocks with bright new streetlights is on hold once again, the victim of a dispute between Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.
The utilities commission, which owns the streetlights in the 25-block Tenderloin project area, is accusing PG&E of quadrupling the connection fees it charges to tap into its power distribution grid.
The SFPUC says the utility wants to charge $107,000 for the work, a “fourfold increase in the cost for this type of connection,” according to letters from the commission to PG&E. The commission says it has repeatedly asked PG&E for an explanation of the increased costs but hasn’t gotten an answer. . .