K. Mennem 6:15 p.m., May 21
UCAN Board Members Claimed Under Oath Group Has No Members
Phillip Moskal, a former employee of Utility Consumers' Action Network (UCAN) and a long-time member, filed a complaint with the California Public Utilities Commission this morning (April 2) stating that the network may have lost its standing to intervene in the San Diego Gas & Electric general rate case because three of its board members earlier declared under penalty of perjury that the group has no members.
The complaint will be filed this week in the Superior Court case in which the network is attempting to dissolve, according to attorney Mike Aguirre, who represents whistleblowers who say the watchdog group has no right or cause to dissolve.
On February 28, three board members filed a petition for dissolution in Superior Court. In that filing, those three board members -- Kendall Squires, Niel Lynch, and Dan Conaway -- declared under oath that the action network has no members.
Moskal's filing clearly shows that UCAN has consistently claimed to have more than 30,000 members. For example, when it filed with the public utilities commission in February of 2011 to intervene in the general rate case, it claimed to have 36,000 members.
In another filing with the regulator February 27 of this year, UCAN said it had 31,000 members. Moskal cited a dozen times going back to 2008 when the network told the commission officially that it had more than 30,000 members. In its quarterly letter to its members, the network almost always included a membership fundraising letter.