The California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) is holding hearings across the state to listen to public opinion on Pacific Gas and Electric's (PG&E) request to raise costs. CPUC must decide whether to approve this request which would raise rates by 6.4%, or an average of $10.57 per monthly bill, starting in 2020. The public hearing in Santa Rosa convened on Wednesday, July 31st at City Hall. John Simon, the Executive Vice President of PG&E, told the public at that meeting that more than half of the revenue from the rate hike would be used for wildfire prevention and risk reduction. Simon also said the revenue would not be used for employee compensation or potential liability claims from wildfires.