Walter Mencken 10:15 a.m., Dec. 13
Appellate court refuses to stop closed CPUC meeting
Utilities commission can go ahead with closed conclave tomorrow at Scripps Seaside Forum
The Fourth District Court of Appeal today (March 19) denied a bid by San Diegan Masada Disenhouse to block a meeting tomorrow of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) at Scripps Seaside Forum. The CPUC will be discussing cleantech. Disenhouse is an activist who is a member of sandiego350.org, which pushes for awareness of climate change, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and a clean energy future. But she was denied entrance to the meeting. Her attorney, Maria Severson, filed to block the meeting on the grounds that the CPUC is required to hold its meetings in public, and the secret meeting is a violation of the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act. Superior Court Judge Timothy Taylor said his court had no jurisdiction, and recommended that the case be taken to the 4th appellate district. The appellate court denied the request. "I am going to formally appeal the case," says Severson, noting that the appellate court didn't hear the case on its merits. That gives her the opportunity to take it back to the appeals court for consideration. "I am not giving up the fight," she says.