Founder: Peevey's secret attempt to get the CEC to write a letter for Pio Pico, on which he is supposed to be neutral, is not simply a violation of the Brown Act. It is a gross violation of basic ethics that should apply to commissioners of the CPUC. Best, Don Bauder
Yes, Davis first appointed him to a commissioners post and then later that year as President. He succeeded Loretta Lynch as President who was President during the energy crisis. I remember 2 things about her. First is that she was strongly against deregulation. The other is that she referred to the energy companies as a cartel at one point and that in her opinion, the price of power went thru the roof because those companies withheld power, partly by taking some plants offline. There is no doubt in the minds of many people as to why Davis replaced her as President of the CPUC with Peevey in 2002. I had forgotten about that until just now, which obviously means that a Governor indeed can remove someone as president of the CPUC, just not remove them from the commission entirely.
tomjohnston: Absolutely. Loretta Lynch had it right. She opposed deregulation when most others were championing it. And she saw that prices were being manipulated for power companies' profit, as power was being taken offline deliberately. The word "cartel" was not too strong. She was still another public servant vilified because she was right. Best, Don Bauder
The CPUC should issue a formal apology to the public for this, force Peevey and Peterman to recuse. The Governor should start an investigation of "insider trading" and for the development of a stronger ethics and transparency code. Thanks for covering this important issue!
Yet another glimpse into the way that ratepayers are being "punked" by those that have sworn to be impartial and look out for the public good, instead we learn that they are far more concerned about what is best for the Utilities (and their shareholders) they are supposed to be regulating!
If this does not get the attention of the CA Attorney General, Kamala D. Harris, then I can't imagine what will!
The CPUC and those that have the ability to Staff it need to review the Ralph M. Brown Act and start cleaning house ASAP.
Founder: The CPUC doesn't simply need a stronger ethics code. It needs an ethics code, period. Best, Don Bauder
sullivanms: This meeting should be a chance to question the CPUC not only about these gas-fired plants, but also about the ethics of Peevey and Peterman. Possibly the CPUC won't let the second subject come up. Just in case that happens, some picketers should carry signs to remind the commissioners of these ethical lapses. Best, Don Bauder
I disagree. I don’t believe at all that it was the utilities pressuring Davis to remove Lynch. I believe he did it all on his own. Lynch took a number of steps that upstaged Davis or down right pissed him off. He was completely surprised when the commission adopted a record electricity rate increase in 2001. In a terse statement, he publicly expressed his frustration that the PUC took months to adopt measures necessary to prepare for the state's energy bond sale, not heeding his call for expediency. And when Davis could not broker a deal, Lynch reached a secret $3.3-billion settlement of a lawsuit by Southern California Edison in 2001 because it was unable to charge its customers the full price of electricity.
By ousting Lynch and installing Peevey, Davis was essentially cloning himself at the PUC to make sure he could get whatever he wanted out of the CPUC
And not only did Davis yank Lynch as President, he also filled a vacancy on the CPUC with Susan Kenned, who served as Cabinet Secretary and Deputy Chief of Staff in his administration.
No, Davis didn’t replace Lynch because he was under pressure from the utilities. He did it as purely a self serving measure.
The Mar 20 La Jolla "Stakeholders and CPUC" meeting venue should make for very nice PUBLIC PICKETING and free parking too! Wear sun-protective gear.
The next morning, Thurs Mar 21st, a Rally at 8 am, preceding the public CPUC meeting at 9 am will be held in a central and more convenient location:
I just received these interesting details about it: http://us5.campaign-archive2.com/?u=b486808134347bdb57311da16&id=0d89aea049&e=[UNIQID]
Stakeholders and CPUC need to get the message - ratepayers are Stakeholders too!
A person, group or organization that has interest or concern in an organization.
Stakeholders can affect or be affected by the organization's actions, objectives and policies. Some examples of key stakeholders are creditors, directors, employees, government (and its agencies), owners (shareholders), suppliers, unions, and the community from which the business draws its re$ource$.
vitalinfo: There is no excuse for San Diegans not showing up and not raising hell. Best, Don Bauder
sullivanms: The only way the CPUC will be reformed is by citizens rising up. Best, Don Bauder
Murphyjunk: Great. I wish I had thought of that. Best, Don Bauder
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