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Employees of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) have submitted a complaint to the Office of the Governor and the Fair Political Practices Commission, complaining of the "illegal and unethical" behavior of CPUC Commissioner Timothy Alan Simon. The complaint attaches five news articles -- my Reader columns of April 4 and April 24, Miriam Raftery's East County Magazine article of April 8, and two news articles from the San Francisco Chronicle. The complaint states that Simon's longtime (10 years) fiance, Kimberly Brandon, is chair of the Museum of African Diaspora. At a San Francisco dinner, while Simon was away from the table, Brandon hit up a senior executive of San Diego Gas & Electric (SDGE) for a $25,000 donation to the museum -- and in return, she said Simon would vote in favor of SDGE's attempt to get San Diego customers to pay the uninsured costs of the 2007 fires, for which the utility was found negligent. San Diego attorney Mike Aguirre has mentioned this incident in his fight against the utility's blatant attempt to have ratepayers, instead of shareholders of parent Sempra Energy, pay for the utility's negligence -- both for 2007 and for future fires. Simon is in fact the commissioner in charge of that case.

The complaint states that a California state auditor is investigating Simon allegedly billing the state for expenses of trips on behalf of third parties which had already paid for his expenses.Through this maneuver, Simon has been able to pocket significant sums, says the complaint, which notes that "Simon is addicted to travel -- and to being entertained -- as long as someone else is paying for it."

Those filing the complaint said they could not use their names for fear of retaliation.

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stingray May 11, 2012 @ 6 p.m.

A stupid blunder on the part of Mr Simon and his gal pal or maybe like some politicos they are just out of touch enough to think it doesn't matter. It probably won't amount to anything as the general public has very little say.

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Don Bauder May 11, 2012 @ 9:24 p.m.

It's insufferable hubris and chutzpah. Simon and his girlfriend (er, fiance) think they can get away with anything. Simon, Peevey, and Administrative Law Judge Bushey consider San Diego an establishment-manipulated backwater without the collective spine to do something about the scam being put over on them. Best, Don Bauder

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Burwell May 11, 2012 @ 6:18 p.m.

Simon salivates like Bauderlov's dog at the prospect of a free meal, bottle of wine, or hotel room.

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Don Bauder May 11, 2012 @ 9:26 p.m.

As the complaint says, Simon is addicted to freebies. But according to the complaint, he gets reimbursed both by his hosts and the state. Best, Don Bauder

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Visduh May 11, 2012 @ 8:09 p.m.

She would get him to sell his vote on that multi-billion dollar bailout of SDGE for a piddling $25K bribe? Lord, that vote on that matter is worth one hundred times (or a thousand times) that much to the utility. Just when you think you have it all figured out, they come along and do something that foolish. If you're gonna steal, steal big. She or he seems to have forgotten that. BTW, can you remind us just which governor put this fat cat Simon on the PUC?

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Don Bauder May 11, 2012 @ 9:29 p.m.

The Gubernator named Simon to the CPUC. Willie Brown pushed for his nomination. I agree that the alleged $25,000 (probably non-taxable) is a helluva bargain. Best, Don Bauder

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Burwell May 11, 2012 @ 10:26 p.m.

If Simon embezzled money from the state by filing bogus expense reports as alleged by the complainants, then Simon may have committed a felony. The Franchise Tax Board could also charge him with tax evasion for failing to pay taxes on the money he is alleged to have stolen. I say alleged, because I consider him to be innocent of any charges until he's convicted in a court of law. If the accusations are true, this could be the tip of the iceberg. Simon needs to hire a good lawyer without delay. If I was him I'd hire Latham & Watkins to conduct an investigation and clear my name.

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Don Bauder May 12, 2012 @ 7:33 a.m.

Latham & Watkins got John Moores off the hook, despite the overwhelming evidence of his complicity in the Peregrine caper. Yes, Simon needs Latham & Watkins. Best, Don Bauder

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SurfPuppy619 May 12, 2012 @ 8:29 a.m.

The complaint states that a California state auditor is investigating Simon allegedly billing the state for expenses of trips on behalf of third parties which had already paid for his expenses.Through this maneuver, Simon has been able to pocket significant sums, says the complaint, which notes that "Simon is addicted to travel -- and to being entertained -- as long as someone else is paying for it."

That would be GRAND THEFT.

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Don Bauder May 12, 2012 @ 1:54 p.m.

It is theft if the investigation actually goes forward honestly, and Simon is indeed found to have perpetrated such scams. But... Best, Don Bauder

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lesliebrodie May 15, 2012 @ 11:39 a.m.

Well written, thank you.

Timothy Simon is a "mentee" of Willie Brown (as is Gwen Moore), and was appointed CPUC commissioner primarily for the purpose of funneling money from utility companies to various churches / foundations located in South Los Angeles.

In connection with three separate controversies (i.e. CaliforniaALL, CCPF, Tony West) , staff members of TLR were under the assumption that Timothy Simon is happily married to one Lateefah Simon. Were we mistaken?

Please see @:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2012/04/07/ex-mofo-partner-tony-west-head-of-the-united-states-department-of-justice-civil-division-under-scrutiny-in-re-non-profits-californiaall-and-voice-13426708/

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Don Bauder May 15, 2012 @ 10:33 p.m.

That marriage has been over for some time. His longtime partner, Kimberly Brandon, is prominent in San Francisco finance and politics. Best, Don Bauder

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