August 16, 2014 (El Cajon)--Raymond Lutz, national coordinator of Citizen Oversight Projects (COPs), will present his message regarding the proposed $3.3 billion settlement before the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) at a public meeting on August 21, 2014, at 7 p.m. The East County Democratic Club (ECDC) is the host for the event. The site is Coco’s Restaurant, 1025 Fletcher Parkway, El Cajon.
Through COPs, Lutz has actively opposed the settlement that will require ratepayers of San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) and Southern California Edison, co-owners of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), to pay the entire costs of the shutdown and closure of SONGS. Since the closure was, in part, due to mismanagement of the operating station, Lutz and others who oppose the proposal believe that the costs should be borne by the shareholders alone.
As founder and national coordinator of COPs, Lutz has been an activist for many years. He led local efforts to ensure that Blackwater/XE/Windzero/Precinctu did not create a training range in Potrero, use Southwestern College to cover its recruitment activities there, or use Imperial Valley College for the same purpose. He also joined with citizens of the area to oppose the Sunrise Powerlink Project by SDG&E. In addition to these, he worked with Occupy San Diego to ensure that local grievances were heard. While doing this, he was arrested for registering voters; the city of San Diego made a cash settlement with him, after he sued the city for the unwarranted arrest. He organized a Save ECPAC group to prevent the city of El Cajon from razing the public structure; the city is now proposing to lease the same property to a church. As a leader for the people, Lutz has led many other efforts, too numerous to summarize in a few words.
Lutz has a bachelor’s and master’s degree from San Diego State University, specializing in electronic engineering. He is president of Cognisys, Inc, a producer of biofeedback equipment. He is also an owner, with his wife Jill, of the Chase Ranch Montessori School. A past president of the ECDC, Lutz was also an unsuccessful candidate for the 77th assembly district and the 52nd congressional district.