Matt Potter 11:59 a.m., June 19
Would you buy an electric car from this ex-legislator?
Termed-out Democratic State Senator Christine Kehoe gets lucrative electric car promotion gig
Ex-GOP Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher - who turned independent after failing to get the county Republican party's endorsement during his failed mayoral primary bid this spring - isn't the only departing local legislator to walk straight into the arms of corporate California.
Fletcher announced earlier today that he would go to work for Qualcomm, the cell phone giant whose executive employees promoted him heavily for mayor.
Not as well noticed was the announcement made last week by an outfit called the California Plug-in Vehicle Collaborative - which bills itself as "a multi-stakeholder public-private partnership, [working] to ensure a strong and enduring transition to a plug-in electric vehicle market in California" - that termed-out Democratic state senator Christine Kehoe would become its executive director.
According to its website, the organization boasts a host of big corporate names among its members, including General Motors, NRG Energy, SDG&E, PG&E, Honda, Toyota, and Nissan.
Government representatives include those from the California Energy Commission, the California Air Resources Board, and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District - SMUD for short.
Energy commission chair Carla Peterman was named chair of the collaborative at the same time Kehoe was designated executive director.
Of Kehoe, Peterman said in a November 9 news release, "An electric drive future is squarely in the center of California’s transportation goals. I look forward to helping Christine coalesce the broad array of public/private stakeholders who make up the Collaborative to create a tangible PEV future.”
Added Kehoe, "The Collaborative’s goal is to make California a robust plug-in electric vehicle market. I am excited to work with the collaborative membership to expand the PEV market as quickly as possible.”
The release provided no information regarding Kehoe's new salary, though those familiar with similar situations say it is most likely considerable.
Of course, Kehoe's not exactly all through with electoral politics, judging by a committee she's set up, ostensibly to run for the Assembly in 2016.
From the first of this year through October 20, according to numbers posted online by the California Secretary of State's office, the committee collected $103,156 in contributions, spent $81,714, and had a cash balance of $21,459.
According to the Kehoe committee's most recent report, it gave $20,000 to the San Diego County Democratic party on October 10 and paid a $558 travel bill.
Donors included Bloom Energy Corporation, FuelCell Energy, Noble Americas Energy Solutions, Union Pacific Railroad, and the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club.