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It’s Official: John Lindsey Back at PG&E

PG&E officials will visit Hometown Radio Wednesday at 3:05 to officially announce that John Lindsey will remain on staff at Diablo Canyon in a newly-created position that divides his time between providing weather information and going out into local classrooms.

John is scheduled to join us Thursday at 5:05 to publicly thank the listeners of Hometown Radio for rallying to his support.

I add my thanks to all the people who called or emailed San Francisco in support of John.

And I am truly thankful to Peter Darbee, Chairman and CEO of PG&E, for doing the right thing.

  1. Sipowitz
    October 10, 2007 at 6:11 pm


    To all those “know it alls” who said we (your listeners)were wasting our time and PG&E would never rehire John, What’s your story line today?

  2. Anonymous
    October 10, 2007 at 8:50 pm

    What about all the other people who lost their job’s? Do they not count and deserve our effort? Or is our effort only worthy of media celebrities and not the poor faceless, nameless, not on the news, worker. The worker who has a family, a house and bills to pay. What do they get?

  3. Anonymous
    October 10, 2007 at 10:06 pm

    I am glad you think that bullying a CEO 300 miles away was successful. The reality is this man’s position was not vital to the operation of the plant, as were the other 25 personnel that were laid-off without public uproar. PG&E was able to find a job that suited his strengths and suited the plant as well.

  4. doubter
    October 11, 2007 at 3:31 am

    reinstated? hmmm for how long. Who wants to start the pool. I got $10 on 4 months.

  5. Dave Congalton
    October 11, 2007 at 3:37 am

    This came to me today from Peter Darbee, CEO and Chairman of PG&E.

    By informing your listeners of your concern about John Lindsey’s departure from PG&E, you were honoring an age-old tradition of journalism to serve the public trust. From our previous discussion when we met, I would have expected nothing less.

    Your customers (listeners) are our customers, too. And when you speak up on issues like this, you’re serving all of our interests. You helped remind us that our colleagues often touch the communities we serve in ways well beyond the able performance of their specific job duties. I’m pleased to share with you that, working with John, we were able to offer him an opportunity to continue with PG&E in a role that will take full advantage of his skills and talents and enable him to continue serving. He has accepted our offer and will begin his new duties, which will include resumption of his weather reports, beginning this coming Monday, October 15.

    I know our folks will be joining you later today on your radio program to share this good news with your listeners. Thank you again for raising this issue and giving us the opportunity to continue demonstrating our commitment to being an active part of the communities we serve.


  6. Marilyn
    October 11, 2007 at 4:09 am

    I’d never heard of John Lindsey before the PG&E layoffs were discussed on the Dave Congalton show, so I cannot comment on his work.

    However, I am thankful that the people in SLO, with the help of our local radio program, did take up the call and did lobby on behalf of one of their citizens. After all, this is one of the most relevant cases of what a true and just democracy is. It reminds us that people do have the power to influence corporations. At the same time, it highlighted the approachability of the current CEO of PG&E.

    I think the levelheadedness of the campaign on behalf of Mr. Lindsey may have helped to reinstate him. I also think that Mr. Darbee realizes the importance of community even in business matters. It is not all about money. It is about people and the quality of life we all bring to each other’s lives. The letter Mr. Darbee sent to Dave is an indication that he is one CEO who really understands and practices the principles of democracy and is not shy to listen to residents and to change a previous course of action. Sometimes, all we need to do is listen to each other with empathy.

    I think many of us wish also that the other twenty or so people who were laid off could get their jobs back or comparable jobs elsewhere. I think it can be done if the community pulls together with the help of PG&E to help them find other employment.

    We should never underestimate the power of the people. Said power with compassion can accomplish miracles, in my opinion.

    Thanks Dave for choosing to profile this case.

  7. Anonymous
    October 11, 2007 at 4:32 am

    As a local PGandE employee who understood the importance of John’s work for both the plant and the community, I was very pleased that John was re-hired. His new job will use his strengths as both a marine forecaster (important to both the plant and the local community) and as a representative for the company in the community. What is most impressive is that the company made a mistake and then moved to correct it. This was not what I would have expected based on my years with the company.

  8. Chuck from Atascadero
    October 11, 2007 at 4:37 am

    Some of these postings are pretty pathetic. You are the same clowns who repeatedly told Dave he could do nothing to help Lindsey. But Dave (and all his listeners) pull together and make a statement and PG&E backs down.

    So what is the response? You now say, “Well, what about the others?” or “It won’t last long,” or the idea that a small town radio guy (Sorry, Dave) could “bully” PG&E into doing anything. How sad is this, people????????

    Can’t you just smile for about 15 seconds and be happy for John. How cynical we’ve become that we can’t appreciate one person’s good fortunes.

  9. Rich from Paso
    October 11, 2007 at 4:44 am

    I think that corporations do things just to see if anyone is paying attention. If you speak up, they know you are paying attention otherwise decisions are made and no one blinks an eye. I am curious to hear the rationale they used as to why John was cut in the first place if the public outrage necessitated his reinstatement. Seems to me that PGE would have to either have been trying to slide one past the central Coast or they were just looking only at the bottom line and didn’t think anyone would care.

  10. Thomas W
    October 11, 2007 at 4:38 pm

    To both of the “anonymous said” contributors.
    It is obvious that you do not listen to the Dave Congalton show and that you only respond to the blog. If you’d been listening yesterday, and you obviously were not, you would have heard both of the gentlemen from PG&E talk about their efforts to find positions within the company for all of the layed off employees, not just john. I am soooo glad to have John and his weather back and I think that he can do a much better job now of representing the company that he likes so much.

  11. Busybody
    October 11, 2007 at 7:13 pm

    Had a woman in yesterday and her husband got the boot from PGE but he is happy about it. He worked there for 30 years and now they are lost without him as he knows everything and the people left behind don’t. They keep calling him to ask how to do things and he thinks it’s really bad. ALSO, he still gets paid the same amount of money for the next 24 month before retirement kicks in so PGE is not really saving money….. Let’ s hope the plant does not blow up !

  12. former PG&E investor
    October 11, 2007 at 7:19 pm

    Well, as for me, I just sold all my PG&E stock and any mutual fund that list them as a part of the portfolio.
    I will not have my future earnings jeopardized by the whims of a company that cow tows to a bunch of local yahoos petitioning for a laid off employee.
    Thanks for the heads up, I really mean it.
    I want returns on my investments and the way PG&E is running itself it looks shaky at best.

    Business is business, if I want to donate to charity I’ll pick it, not a company I invest in and expect a profit from!

    …and for those that will be outraged at this post, how many of you sallied up and bought PG&E stock at the same time you sent in your pleadings? hmmm? I bet not one of you!

  13. Dave Congalton
    October 11, 2007 at 7:25 pm

    Former Investor;

    I wonder how much money you’ve made over the years from dedicated PG&E employees like John and all their hard work.

    If this was “It’s A Wonderful Life,” you’d be Mr. Potter or Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol.”

    How very sad. How very pathetic.

  14. Kevin in Paso Robles
    October 12, 2007 at 1:26 am

    Seems odd that all the liberals who have been costing PG&E millions with crap lawsuits about Diablo Canyon being,get worked up when they try to cut a few jobs.

  15. Anonymous
    October 12, 2007 at 3:02 am


    After listening to you show this
    evening with Mr Lindsay, I belive
    the future for PG&E is unlimited. Mr. Lindsay is right about about
    Plug-In Hybrids (PHEVs). I believe this’ll be the future of
    transportation in the United States, you would be smart to buy
    PG&E stock!!!


  16. Paul in Cayucos
    October 12, 2007 at 3:52 am

    I am listening to you on Dave’s show and I am so glad to hear that you are going to continue with PG & E doing weather forecasting and teaching us all about weather and climate. You are greatly appreciated.

  17. John McArdle
    October 12, 2007 at 4:10 am

    Kevin in PR —

    With all due respect, that’s a pretty broad brush you painted in your post. I happen to be a bona fide conservative with years of donations to conservative causes to my name.

    Yet I also both emailed and phoned San Francisco on John’s behalf, as did several of my colleagues.

    It is naive to assume that only liberals are complaining about Diablo Canyon and people like john Lindsey. It is sad that you can only see things in this Right vs. Left prism of yours. This isn’t about politics. This is about standing up for your neighbors, for people who matter in the community.

    You, sir, give conservatives a bad name.

  18. John Lindsey of PG&E
    October 13, 2007 at 5:21 am


    I have received over 700+ e-mails since Wednesday and most of them
    mention you. I don’t know how to Thank You. You’ve kept my family safe and out of harm’s way. God bless you.

    Sincerely, John

  19. Shawno
    October 14, 2007 at 12:53 am

    I was very excited to start getting John’s forecasts in my e-mail again. Glad he’s back on the job.

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