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Superior Court judge Ronald Prager today (Aug. 15) threw out remaining claims that Michael Shames, former head of Utility Consumers' Action Network (UCAN), filed against whistle-blower David Peffer and Peffer's lawyer, Mike Aguirre.

Earlier, Prager had dismissed Shames's claims of libel and eavesdropping against Peffer and Aguirre, awarding them almost $34,000 in fees and costs. Shames did not protest that decision but is challenging the award, which has not yet been ruled upon.

Today, Prager dismissed remaining allegations against Aguirre and Peffer for unauthorized computer access and eavesdropping.

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Visduh Aug. 15, 2014 @ 8:54 p.m.

Are we detecting that Mikey is losing his desire to try to salvage his reputation and livelihood through the court system? It doesn't appear that he was pressing those cases hard at all. It's about time the suits were dismissed, allowing the defendants to do other things than defend themselves.

But now, wither goes Shameless? I still wait for the day he's arrested and perp walked into court on charges of aggravated corruption, theft, and conspiracy. He sold out every rate payer in the SDGE service area to put some filthy lucre in his pockets. We all will pay the bill for his cave-ins for decades to come.

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Don Bauder Aug. 16, 2014 @ 6:48 a.m.

Visduh: Aguirre is losing no desire. He is concentrating on the San Onofre scam being pulled by Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas & Electric, and the California Public Utilities Commission. Thus far, he has not been paid for his utility work, because the CPUC uses intervenor fees to make sure that reformers don't get their points across. Of course, Aguirre has other cases going, too.

At this point, I doubt that there will be criminal charges against Shames. I expected such charges earlier, but the FBI investigation has taken too much time. Best, Don Bauder

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Visduh Aug. 16, 2014 @ 6:52 a.m.

When I referred to "Mikey" it was in reference to Shames, not Aguirre. I know what Aguirre is working on, in part, and he's doing it with little chance of monetary reward.

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Don Bauder Aug. 16, 2014 @ 7:15 a.m.

Visduh: I am sorry. I should have seen that you were alluding to Shames, not Aguirre. I agree with you: Shames did not seem to be pressing his suits against Peffer, Aguirre, and UCAN very hard. Does he plan to relocate -- say, to Costa Rica? Dunno. Best, Don Bauder

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Founder Aug. 16, 2014 @ 2:05 p.m.

Now if we can only get all the rest of UCAN Board to also resign

Then install other more civic minded people to really promote for ratepayers instead of for just themselves!

===> No San Onofre settlement without full SCE repayment of the multi-billions of dollar debacle they caused.

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Don Bauder Aug. 16, 2014 @ 2:39 p.m.

Founder: UCAN's director wrote an op-ed for the U-T praising the deal by which SCE and SDG&E ratepayers would cough up $3.3 billion for the closing of San Onofre. The failure there was management's fault. Those closing costs should come out of shareholders, not ratepayers.

Just recently, UCAN was granted a $1 million intervenor fee for its work on the SDG&E rate case. Care to connect dots? Best, Don Bauder

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Visduh Aug. 16, 2014 @ 5:48 p.m.

Since UCAN was Shameless, and Mikey was UCAN, who did the work? When was it done? And now that UCAN is under a huge cloud, is it doing anything at all? We can only wonder what will happen to that cool mil that UCAN will get--which in the final analysis comes from the ratepayers, not the utility.

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Don Bauder Aug. 16, 2014 @ 9:18 p.m.

Visduh: UCAN was flat broke, with its director taking no pay, Now that million from the CPUC in intervenor fees will help. Was it a result of the op-ed lauding the $3.3 billion ratepayers will have to cough up? Ponder. Best, Don Bauder

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Founder Aug. 17, 2014 @ 4:01 p.m.

Not a doubt in my mind.

I'd also suggest that it was conceived/brokered by none other than CPUC President M. Peevey, because It certainly was not for playing Hard Ball like Michael Aguirre...

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Don Bauder Aug. 17, 2014 @ 4:27 p.m.

Founder: Oh yes, I believe that it would have been Peevey's baby. It's not subtle; neither is Peevey. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Aug. 17, 2014 @ 7:48 a.m.

Visduh: There were many problems at UCAN when Shames headed it. He was considered imperious and seldom in the office. He hired friends for fat pay as consultants. Investments were questionable. He raked in money from intervenor fees and gave himself a bonus.

UCAN had a fraud squad that would field complaints from citizens who felt they had been fleeced. The cases would be parceled out to local lawyers such as Bill Lerach who would collect money in a settlement. Staffers felt UCAN did the work and got little out of it. These complaints have been written about on this blog for some time. Best, Don Bauder

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Founder Aug. 17, 2014 @ 3:57 p.m.

I wonder if there is a way to tie up the Million dollars until there is a new Board directing UCAN?

Anyone have any suggestions?

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Don Bauder Aug. 17, 2014 @ 4:28 p.m.

Founder: I suppose it could be challenged. But I don't think SDG&E would challenge it. The company is in bed with Peevey. Best, Don Bauder

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rshimizu12 Aug. 18, 2014 @ 1:23 a.m.

Watch Michael Aguirre put the screws to UCAN. This is most insightful how insidious government bureaucracy is.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TG0nGVdzo8g https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pixmr0VJqSw

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Don Bauder Aug. 18, 2014 @ 7:15 a.m.

rshimizu12: Those videos are excellent examples of how the California Public Utilities Commission is a kangaroo court -- doing everything in its power to boost profits of utilities and screw consumers. Peevey, a former president of Edison (we don't know if he still has stock in it), wants Edison to get paid $3.3 billion when the plant was not operating and providing electricity.

Peevey is a long-time buddy of Governor Brown. The governor could stop this nonsense immediately but won't. Is it possible that Brown wants the CPUC to continue caring only for utility profits, while screwing ratepayers, because he wants the utilities' donations for a run for higher office? Think about it.

Incidentally, the reason we don't know whether Peevey still has stock in Edison is the existence of offshore tax and secrecy havens. Best, Don Bauder

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