The Marin County Board of Supervisors has approved a moratorium on SmartMeter installation in unincorporated areas of Marin. The Board, however, apparently has no authority to enact such a delay. From the Marin Independent Journal:

PG&E says it will continue SmartMeter installations despite Marin moratorium

A moratorium on the installation of SmartMeters was imposed on Marin’s unincorporated areas by county supervisors Tuesday, but Pacific Gas and Electric Co. says it will continue to install them anyway.

The move came on a 4-0 vote as supervisors bowed to a persistent crowd of meter foes even though officials conceded that the state Public Utilities Commission, not the county, has authority over the devices.

“This action is a political action,” said Supervisor Judy Arnold, and as such should send a strong message to utility officials. Full article

The public comment period before this particular vote was a bit of a PG&E hatefest. We’ll have some audio clips tomorrow.

The board also delayed a ban on plastic bags. Against from the MIJ:

Last-minute protests by foes of a plastic bag ban prompted Marin officials to delay adoption of a measure outlawing plastic bags at grocery store checkout counters pending more study.

The bag plan will be back before the Board of Supervisors on Jan. 25, after a review of legal arguments from a group called the Save the Plastic Bag Coalition.

Supervisor Charles McGlashan said a delay made sense even though he criticized a thick stack of coalition legal arguments as “debris” and “bunk.”

He said the board would move ahead with the ban after lawyers reconsider its legal foundation. Full article

Marin County Puts Plastic Bag Ban on Hold, Approves Symbolic SmartMeter Moratorium 4 January,2011Jon Brooks

  • RobertWilliams


    PG&E has already killed people in Hinkley, California and San Bruno California and other places less well known.

    Why are you people complaining about smart meters? Do you think you deserve better than those adults and children that have already been killed by PG&E?

    I just don’t understand you people. PG&E has a record of killing and sickening people throughout the state and that’s not going to change.

    Why don’t you people just accept it, like the rest of us?


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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