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News Story
12/29/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
San Francisco, CA -- Gov. Jerry Brown has named two of his key aides to fill vacancies at the scandal-scarred state Public Utilities Commission, the governor's office said Wednesday. Brown appointed Martha Guzman Aceves and Clifford Rechtschaffen to the powerful state commission. They will replace departing commissioners Michael Florio and...
News Release
12/28/2016
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today condemned Governor Jerry Brown’s appointment of Cliff Rechtschaffen to the scandal-plagued Public Utilities Commission given Rechtschaffen's role in carrying out the demands of the oil industry in the firing of two tough wellhead regulators at the Department of Conservation and Department of...
News Story
12/5/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
A Northern California lawmaker reintroduced legislation Monday intended to reform the state utilities commission, the powerful regulatory panel that has been under criminal investigation since 2014. The bill from state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, would impose a series of changes at the California Public Utilities Commission that failed to...
News Story
10/31/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Even in the midst of the heated presidential campaign, two news stories about alleged corruption in California government managed to draw significant headlines and public attention. One came when the state auditor issued a call for significant changes in procedures at the Public Utilities Commission, which sets rates for almost all electricity...
News Release
9/29/2016
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA—Governor Brown’s call today for the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to use existing authority to enact more reforms rings hollow upon close inspection of his role in derailing major reform on the last day of the legislative session, Consumer Watchdog said today. Brown used the occasion of signing five PUC reform...
News Story
9/29/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Gov. Jerry Brown signed five bills Thursday aimed at reform for the California Public Utilities Commission and called on the agency to take additional steps to impose changes of its own. “These important reforms cannot wait another year,” Brown said in a statement announcing his support for the package of bills. “To that end, I...
News Story
9/29/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
A new law signed yesterday by Gov. Jerry Brown will subject Uber and Lyft drivers to tougher security screening. But the measure doesn't take background screening to the depths faced by taxi drivers in the city of Los Angeles, where fingerprint-based checks against California Department of Justice and FBI databases are mandated for...
News Story
9/28/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
California lawmakers say they will push for extensive reforms — including a possible amendment to the state Constitution — after efforts to revamp the troubled agency failed in the recently concluded legislative session. Pressure to overhaul the PUC has intensified after several key reforms came up short. The state...
News Story
9/28/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Restoring public trust in the California Public Utilities Commission should have been Michael Picker’s primary mission when he was appointed president by Gov. Jerry Brown nearly two years ago. Instead he appears to have not taken steps to address issues that were the trademark of his predecessor, Michael Peevey. Based on a scathing...
News Release
9/1/2016
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA -- Yesterday, as a state court ruled Governor Brown’s emails in a utility scandal could not be made public because the Superior Court had no jurisdiction, Brown reneged on an agreement made this summer to create such court review.  AB 2903 and SB 1017 mysteriously died on the last night of session with objections from...