Saturday, September 11, 2010

“In the magical universe there are no coincidences and there are no accidents. Nothing happens unless someone wills it to happen.”

The San Mateo County coroner identified two of the dead as Jacqueline Greig, 44, and her 13-year-old daughter, Janessa, whose house at 1670 Claremont Drive was destroyed.

Greig worked for the California Public Utilities Commission for 21 years and was a member of its Division of Ratepayer Advocates. She also was listed as a member of the natural gas committee on the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates.

"It's really unbelievably ironic," said Mindy Spatt, spokeswoman for The Utility Reform Network, an independent advocacy group for utility customers.

Marcel Hawiger, an advocate with TURN, said he knew Greig for a decade.

"She has been a tireless and wonderful advocate for consumers for many years. I'm just devastated - this is such a tragedy," Hawiger said.

Greig reviewed data that PG&E used to justify gas rates and reviewed energy projects to see if they were cost effective. One of the projects she was involved with was how PG&E went about charging for inspection of transmission pipes.