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The state senate yesterday (May 21) defeated SB1000, which would have required the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to make public all investigative orders, accident reports, and similar documents. It got 21 votes, two fewer than needed for passage. The CPUC backed the measure, along with media and consumer advocates. Not surprisingly, it was opposed by major utilities, including San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Gas, both part of Sempra Energy.

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Visduh May 22, 2012 @ 8:30 a.m.

The surprising part of the picture is that the CPUC was in favor. I'd have expected that it would have opposed it, using some finely nuanced talking points about a need to maintain "confidentiality." Or did the commission really oppose it behind the scenes?

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Don Bauder May 22, 2012 @ 8:37 a.m.

Good question, Visduh. That was my reaction, too. Did the CPUC really favor this bill? I can't believe that it did. There was some kind of trickery involved, but I don't know what it was. Another possible explanation: there are some good commissioners who were appointed by Brown. Perhaps they voted for it, over the objections of Simon and Peevey et al. Best, Don Bauder

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Visduh May 22, 2012 @ 2:48 p.m.

Whenever I hear anyone or any agency proclaim "transparency" in its operations and decision making, I assume the opposite is the case. In this state we are supposed to have boards making decisions at their public meetings (with some exceptions, such as "personnel matters", that are big enough to drive a tank through), and any sort of out-of-view deliberations or debates are forbidden. Yet scarcely a day goes by that somewhere in the state there are well-founded complaints that the decisions are being made outside of the meetings. In private business there is now an ethic that says that decisions, especially those affecting the careers of employees, are "transparent." Generally the bosses who claim to make their decisions out in the open do just the opposite and are fooling almost nobody.

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Don Bauder May 23, 2012 @ 6:42 a.m.

Good points, Visduh. Reformers complain all the time of Brown Act violations, but seldom is anything done. Best, Don Bauder

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