Michael Shames
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San Diego Gas & Electric is strongly protesting the attempt of Michael Shames to get $365 an hour, plus $50 as an "efficency adder," for his work on SDG&E's October 3, 2011, filing before the Calfornia Public Utilities Commission for authority to update costs.

Shames cofounded and headed Utility Consumers' Action Network (UCAN), an activist group, until complaints by whistleblowers led to a federal investigation and his ouster. He then sued UCAN, a whistleblower, and the whistleblower's attorney for libel. He lost each case and this month a judge said he has to pay almost $75,000 in court costs.

Shames set up his own organization, San Diego Consumers' Action Network (SDCAN) to intervene in utility hearings. But as SDG&E says in its statement, "SDG&E cannot ascertain that SDCAN's purported 'group' contains any members except for Mr. Shames himself."

In requesting that Shames's desire to be paid a fat sum be denied, SDG&E comments, "The legislature did not intend the intervenor compensation program to be a full employment act for private consultants."

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Visduh March 3, 2014 @ 7:24 a.m.

For once SDGE gets something right. I've called him "Shameless", and this proves the nickname is accurate. The guy just won't stop trying to milk the system. The real question is when/if he'll be arrested and "perp walked" into court for fraud, theft, and God-knows-what-else. Is anyone actually investigating him and all the strange goings-on at UCAN?


Don Bauder March 4, 2014 @ 7:34 a.m.

Visduh: I do not know if the FBI is still looking into Shames. As of summer of 2013, the case was still open, I was told by an excellent source. I don't know if it still is. Best, Don Bauder


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