It's been a while since we've seen any good sparring over the contentious so-called smart meter, but apparently strong sentiments are circulating in parts of the city. A kind and anonymous reader passed along this photo that's being posted around homes in Noe Valley and Glen Park neighborhoods, where residents are generally speaking not dumb.
Seeing that the fliers cite Turn.org. the utility reform network group that's opposed smart meters from the start, we gave the group a call to find out if their members were behind the paper trail.
"We didn't post these," says Mindy Spatt, spokeswoman for the group. "We do have the sign on our Web site for consumers to (download) which say they don't want smart meters installed. It sounds like some of those have now been posted."
She noted that the downloadable poster happens to be one of most popular pages on the group's Web site.
That's great, but in all seriousness, Spatt says if customers do not want smart meters installed, they should pick up the phone and call PG&E to tell the company. Just leaving the flier up at their home means that utility workers may or may not follow those instructions.
PG&E submitted a proposal in March that would allow customers to opt-out of smart meters. That plan is currently being deliberated by the California Public Utilities Commission. Until a decision is made, the company is allowing customers to "delay" installation of smart meters, according to a PG&E spokesman.
We asked Spatt how many San Francisco customers have turned down smart meters for now. "No idea, and good luck getting that information out of PG&E," she said.
When we asked PG&E, a spokesman told us he had no idea.