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LB GAS UTILITY BILLS
Sept. 2005: With Rita & Katrina Crimping Gulf Area Gas, Would A PoLB-Located LNG Facility Mean Lower Gas Bills For LB? LB Energy Dir. Garner Tells Council...
Sept. 2005: City Hall Says Higher Winter Gas Rates Coming Due Largely To Katrina
March 2003: LB Will Receive $17 Million From El Paso Natural Gas Settling LB's Antitrust Suit
Jan. 2002: Court Denies City Hall Motion To Kill Class Action Suit Seeking Gas Bill Rebates from City Hall for LB Consumers
July, 2001: City Hall Files Demurrer To Class Action Suit Seeking Consumer Rebates for LB Utility's Natural Gas Rates
July, 2001: LB Energy Cuts July Natural Gas Commodity Rate Nearly 64% to $ .2872 per therm
June, 2001: LB's Natural Gas Commodity Rate For June Is Over 50% Higher Than So. Cal Gas (in neighboring Lakewood); LB's June rate is .7947 per therm (down from .9310 in May); So Cal Gas June rate is .52120 per therm (down from .62049 in May)
June, 2001: City Att'y Shannon Delivers Significant Public Statement On His Office's Interpretation of Charter Sec. 1502 (rates by City Hall-run utilities); We Post It Verbatim
May, 2001: LB Citizens for Utility Reform & Several LB Residents File Class Action Lawsuit Alleging City Hall Violated City Charter With Natural Gas Utility Rates Exceeding Prevailing Area Rates, and More
May, 2001: Vice Mayor Baker Suggests, And City Mgr. Welcomes, Having City Staff Discuss City Charter Section 1502 (requiring City Hall-run utilities to charge prevailing area rates) At June 5 Council "Budget Workshop" (6-7 p.m.)
May, 2001: LB's Natural Gas Commodity Rate For May is 50% Higher Than So. Cal Gas (in neighboring Lakewood); LB's May rate is $ .931 per therm; So Cal Gas rate is $ .62049 per therm
April, 2001: City Att'y Shannon Tells LBReport.com Interpretation of Charter Sec. 1502 Is Legal Issue and His Office Has Opined City Hall Can Legally Pass Through High Natural Gas Commodity Prices (incl. Nov-Feb) but Whether Or Not To Provide Gas Utility Rebates Is a Policy Issue Within the City Council's Discretion
April 2001: City Hall Reiterates Policy: Since Mid-Feb. Only Those Historically Habitually Delinquent on Payments and Who Haven't Made Payment Since Dec. 2000 Are Subject to Gas Cutoff
April 2001: LB Gas Dept Slashes April Natural Gas Commodity Rate to 0.1914 per therm; LB Rate was 0.69 in March, roughly 1.43 in Feb. & 1.62 in January
April, 2001: LBCUR Co-Chair Donaldson Presses Council To Agendize Discussion of City Charter "Consumer Protection" Section 1502; Also Says City Hall Shutting Off Gas To Some Consumers For Non-Payment; City Manager Details Significant LB April Rate Cut, Suggests It May Help Compensate For Past High Charges; Confirms Gas To Some Customers Is Being Shutoff If Made No Payments Since December
March, 2001: City Hall Announces Composition of its "Energy Task Force"
March, 2001: View LB City Hall's Class Action Lawsuit Against Various Natural Gas Suppliers
March 2001: "LB Citizens for Utility Reform" Formed, Will Hold March 24 Community Meeting
Mar. 2001: LB Gas Dept. Slashes March Natural Gas Commodity Charge In Half; City Hall Will Effectively Subsidize Consumers' March Rate With Savings From New Deal For Tidelands Gas
Mar. 2001: Councilman Carroll Admits In TV Interview: Council Has Legal Authority To Use General Fund To Rebate Gas Bills; Carroll is cool to this option but says issue deserves Council study.
Feb. 2001: City Manager Says CA Will Reduce Cost Of Natural Gas From LB Tidelands, Reducing City Hall's & Consumers' Cost For About 1/3 of City's Annual Gas Supply; Taboada Says Savings Will Be Passed On To Consumers As A Credit
Feb. 2001: Public Speaker at NLB Council Meeting Gets Extended Applause Slamming City Hall On Gas Bills
Feb. 2001: Analysis & Perspective: LB Councilmembers Fail To Use Their Power To Roll Back and Rebate City Hall's Oppressive Gas Bills; City Hall's consumer relief equates to nickles/dimes on the dollar while continuing status quo spending
Feb. 2001: Details of City Manager/Council Approved Gas Bill Relief Package; Manager's memo shows est. $3.8 million FY 00-01 utility tax windfall; it will cover part of relief package and some increased City Hall costs; $2.25 million in higher utility costs to be absorbed
Feb. 2001: Mayor O'Neill & Councilman Grabinski Agendize Separate Proposals For Limited Utility Tax Reductions Due To Gas Rate Hikes; Set For Feb. 6 Council Meeting; We post their verbatim proposals
Feb. 2001: Council Previews Limited Moves On Soaring Natural Gas Bills at Jan 30 Meeting; We Post Excerpted Transcripts
Feb. 2001: LB Natural Gas Rates Drop Slightly for February to 1.4332 per Therm; Jan Rate was 1.6244; Adjoining Lakewood (served by So. Cal Gas) to pay only 0.662 per therm in February, less than half of LB's rate.
Jan. 2001: LB Residents & Businesses Paying More Than Twice As Much For Natural Gas Commodity As Lakewood Consumers; Read City Charter section enacted to control LB Gas Co. rates
Jan. 2001: Council OK's Staff's Proposed 25% Natural Gas Bill Discount Limited To Qualifying Low Income Seniors and Low Income Disabled 'Til April 30; Groups Are Already Exempt From Utility Tax; Includes Mayor's Letter to Governor Davis re natural gas situation
Dec. 2000: LB Gas Bills Rise and Could Double or Triple Over Last Year's Level; LB Consumers Pay As City Hall Reaps Utility Tax Windfall But Net City Hall Costs Unclear; Mayor O'Neill and C'man Grabinski Agendize Utility Bill Issue for Jan 2 Council Meeting But Don't Propose Utility Tax Adjustment