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This evening (July 30), the board of watchdog Utility Consumers' Action Network (UCAN) agreed to hire an accountant to prepare the books for the period July 1, 2011 through June 30 of this year. Kim Malcolm, the executive director hired this year, said UCAN has $2 million, almost all of which is in the bank. However, she stressed, UCAN has "very limited resources" and a "limited group of staff." The subject did not come up in open session, but it is a matter of record that the board and previous management under Michael Shames and Bob Ames chalked up huge legal bills after the organization filed for dissolution earlier this year. Charles Langley, who handles marketing for UCAN, said that rent has been reduced by 57% and web administration costs by 50%.

UCAN is pushing forward monitoring the general rate case filing of San Diego Gas & Electric (SDGE), safety issues at the San Onofre nuclear plant that is part owned by SDGE, fraud and privacy issues, and the like. UCAN will take up SDGE's policy of charging a customer for debts of a former roommate or housemate who has moved out.

The board had a 47 minute closed session before the open meeting, then went back into a secret meeting afterwards. Malcolm said "pending litigation" would be at least one subject discussed in private.

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