SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - San Diego Gas and Electric will not be allowed to raise rates on consumers to pay for the 2007 wildfires.
A judge at the California Public Utilities Commission Tuesday denied SDG&E's application to raise the rates, saying it would put unlimited liability for damages onto utility customers.
A Cal Fire report found SDG&E power lines largely responsible for the wildfires, which destroyed more than 1,300 homes and killed two people.
If SDG&E's application had been approved, rates could have gone up as much as $300 per customer, per year.
"SDG&E can't put the costs of their mistake on the back of the rate payers. And they need to stop it and they need to stop it now," Mike Aguirre of UCAN said.
SDG&E released a statement saying the company is reviewing the ruling and plans to reapply to recovery wildfire costs from customers.
The City Council is scheduled Wednesday to take the first step in calling for residents to conserve water on a voluntary basis following the third straight winter with below-average rainfall.
Jury selection was scheduled to begin Wednesday in the trial of a man accused of gunning down his ex-wife in their Lakeside home and then trying to commit suicide by inhaling carbon monoxide.
A San Diego State student awoke to find a man rummaging through her apartment near campus early Wednesday, police said.
An 18-year-old student has been hospitalized and is undergoing a psychological evaluation after allegedly threatening her parents with a knife.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled Tuesday for a former San Diego police officer accused of groping four women during pat-down searches last year.