Case in point: at next week’s hearings on Ga Power’s $2.9B rate increase request, Commission Chair Pridemore and Commissioner Echols have decided to prohibit the public from attending public hearings next Tuesday through Thursday. At a public agency. Paid for with public dollars.
This is a clear violation of the Georgia Open Meetings Act.
Earlier this year, commissioners removed an entire row of chairs under the guise of Covid precautions to make it difficult for many people to attend. Now they’ve decided no people can attend. The chairs remain missing.
Other evidence of not giving a damn:
Past commissioners anticipated large public turnouts for electric rate increases and got a larger room to accommodate everyone. Not this commission.
Past commissioners held hearings all across the state since Ga Power territory covers the state and not just Atlanta. This helped people in other areas attend hearings. Not this commission.
Armed Georgia State Police are in attendance, signaling that you are subject to arrest if you do anything they don’t like. That might include wearing costumes, bringing signs, speaking truths they don’t want to hear, and now even remaining in the hearing room during public hearings.
Besides sharing my home address between themselves to redraw the districts around me and try to disqualify us from the election, (which failed) Echols and Pridemore have shown a consistent and strong disrespect towards the public. Don’t listen to what they say. Watch what they do. Their message is clear: they don’t give a damn.