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Gov. Brown vetoes bills to reform utilities commission

Reminder: his sister is on Sempra Energy's board of directors

Jerry and Kathleen Brown
Jerry and Kathleen Brown

Governor Jerry Brown today (October 9th) vetoed a package of bills that were meant to reform the California Public Utilities Commission.

Assemblyman Anthony Rendon, sponsor of three bills that were vetoed, said, "I am disappointed by the governor's veto of my CPUC reform package. We need to rebuild the public's trust in their government. Each and every day [that] dysfunction continues at the [commission], that trust erodes. Reforms must be made to the [commission], and I look forward to working with Gov. Brown to ensure they are implemented." Rendon will be the next speaker of the Assembly.

Fat chance of reforming the commission with Brown as governor, says San Diego attorney Mike Aguirre, who has spearheaded the uncovering of corruption under the leadership of former commission president Michael Peevey.

"The investigation of the corruption in the Jerry Brown administration should begin today," says Aguirre. He fears that a criminal investigation of Peevey and Southern California Edison by the attorney general's office will also be thwarted at some point.

As rationale for the vetoes, according to SFGate, Brown says he that he supports more transparency at the utility regulating agency, but he doesn't want to create additional litigation that delays the board from making decisions.

Legislation introduced by Rendon would stifle back-channel communications between utilities and commission officials. Such secret huddles, often by email, were used by Pacific Gas & Electric to try to get the commission to have a lenient administrative law judge handle the case against the utility for its negligence leading to the disastrous gas explosion in San Bruno five years ago. CPUC commissioners did try to get the utility a lenient judge.

Sen. Ben Hueso of San Diego co-authored a bill that would ban ex-parte communications. That bill arose after it became well known that Southern California Edison had had secret meetings with Peevey to arrange to have ratepayers pick up the tab for more than $300 billion in expenses related to the closure of the San Onofre nuclear plant. Aguirre and others argued that shareholders should pay that bill, because the shutdown was caused by management.

Aguirre says the most important measure Brown vetoed would have permitted lawsuits against the CPUC to be heard in Superior Court. Now they go straight to the appellate court, which can refuse to hear them.

Gov. Brown's sister, Kathleen L. Brown, has been on the board of San Diego–based Sempra Energy since 2013.

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Governor Jerry Brown today (October 9th) vetoed a package of bills that were meant to reform the California Public Utilities Commission.

Assemblyman Anthony Rendon, sponsor of three bills that were vetoed, said, "I am disappointed by the governor's veto of my CPUC reform package. We need to rebuild the public's trust in their government. Each and every day [that] dysfunction continues at the [commission], that trust erodes. Reforms must be made to the [commission], and I look forward to working with Gov. Brown to ensure they are implemented." Rendon will be the next speaker of the Assembly.

Fat chance of reforming the commission with Brown as governor, says San Diego attorney Mike Aguirre, who has spearheaded the uncovering of corruption under the leadership of former commission president Michael Peevey.

"The investigation of the corruption in the Jerry Brown administration should begin today," says Aguirre. He fears that a criminal investigation of Peevey and Southern California Edison by the attorney general's office will also be thwarted at some point.

As rationale for the vetoes, according to SFGate, Brown says he that he supports more transparency at the utility regulating agency, but he doesn't want to create additional litigation that delays the board from making decisions.

Legislation introduced by Rendon would stifle back-channel communications between utilities and commission officials. Such secret huddles, often by email, were used by Pacific Gas & Electric to try to get the commission to have a lenient administrative law judge handle the case against the utility for its negligence leading to the disastrous gas explosion in San Bruno five years ago. CPUC commissioners did try to get the utility a lenient judge.

Sen. Ben Hueso of San Diego co-authored a bill that would ban ex-parte communications. That bill arose after it became well known that Southern California Edison had had secret meetings with Peevey to arrange to have ratepayers pick up the tab for more than $300 billion in expenses related to the closure of the San Onofre nuclear plant. Aguirre and others argued that shareholders should pay that bill, because the shutdown was caused by management.

Aguirre says the most important measure Brown vetoed would have permitted lawsuits against the CPUC to be heard in Superior Court. Now they go straight to the appellate court, which can refuse to hear them.

Gov. Brown's sister, Kathleen L. Brown, has been on the board of San Diego–based Sempra Energy since 2013.

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Gee corrupt government officials protecting corrupt government officials.

Oct. 9, 2015

AlexClarke: Yes, such is typical, but this is surprising because the CPUC's corruption has been widely covered by California media, particularly mainstream media both in Northern and Southern California. Peevey is a long-time bosom buddy of Brown. That was clearly one factor. Another may have been influence of his sister.

Personally, I would be in favor of a movement to get Brown out of office, if such a thing is doable. Customers of the three investor-owned utilities, Sempra, Edison and PG&E, consistently pay the highest electric rates in the nation. With other rates, such as water, also rising sharply, and middle class incomes, adjusted for inflation, dropping for several decades, it is time Californians got mad.

It may be time for Californians to demand that the three investor-owned utilities become municipal-owned utilities. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 9, 2015

"We" should not neglect Brown's sister. To fail to do so would be "sexist." Equal opportunity Purgatory.

Oct. 12, 2015

Twister: But as a board member of Sempra she won't even be asked any questions. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 12, 2015

If I read the voting record correctly, each of the 3 bills were passed UNANIMOUSLY by the assembly and the senate. Every single Democratic AND Republican legislator in the state (minus a few no-shows) voted in favor of stopping corruption in CPUC.

EXCEPT BROWN

http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billVotesClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB1023 http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billVotesClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB825 http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billVotesClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB895

Will the CA legislature attempt to override the vetoes?

Oct. 9, 2015

ImJustABill: Overriding the vetoes is a good first step. The next step should be getting rid of Brown. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 9, 2015

next step should give Brown the dementia test

Oct. 10, 2015

Murphyjunk: It is difficult to understand, given the widespread media coverage of CPUC corruption and public knowledge that Brown is a bosom buddy of Peevey and Picker, what Brown was thinking...if he was thinking. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 10, 2015

"Will the CA legislature attempt to override the vetoes?"

No, they won't.

A veto can be overriden by a 2/3 majority in each house of the legislature, but the custom in California is to never override. The last governor's veto that was overriden was in the 1970s (the first time Jerry Brown was governor). And it's not just a matter of legislators not wanting to cross their own party's governor. Schwarzenegger vetoed about one-fourth of the bills passed when he was governor, and the heavily Democratic legislature did not override any of those vetoes. Same was true when Republicans Wilson and Deukmejian were governor. The Democratic-controlled legislature overrode none of their vetoes.

Good article here: http://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/diaz/article/California-governor-s-unchecked-veto-power-6561686.php

Oct. 10, 2015

Matt101: Thanks for the history, but the answer, Matt101, is Political Science101. That is, when a previous path leads to hell, take a new path, and history be damned. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 10, 2015

Thanks Matt - from what I read the veto override is extraordinarily rare - I don't understand why the legislators voluntarily give up their power like that but apparently that's the custom in CA.

Oct. 10, 2015

ImJustABill: It is a little like two candidates competing for president, and both have left a trail of philandering and debauchery. So they agree that neither will touch the subject. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 10, 2015

You mean like if we have one mayoral candidate who tends to pleasure himself in front of others and another mayoral candidate who tends to hit on women in lots of inappropriate ways they might agree not to bring up those subjects?

Oct. 10, 2015

ImJustABill: Sort of like that. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 10, 2015

Maybe we should change that custom, and if that fails, then submit an initiative (costs $2K now). What would really be interesting is to use something like Kickstarter to sponsor initiatives and gather signatures.

Oct. 11, 2015

hwstar: An initiative might be one way to get the ball rolling in a different direction. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 11, 2015

This is a damning story, made worse by the information from ImJustABill. Jerry Brown has lost his fire and become a Player -- this being another egregious example of his caving in to special interests. Public education policy handed over to teachers' union interests, maintaining the CPUC in the face of proffered bipartisan legislative reform. It's sad. He's overstayed his time.

Oct. 9, 2015

monaghan: The investor-owned utilities have so much money to throw at legislators that I was surprised the bills passed. Then to have Brown do this when he knows better -- or used to know better. Ugh. The public MUST fight back. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 9, 2015

Sadly the handful of us here seem to be the only ones aware of this problem and cognizant of the implications. Citizens seem to have other things on their minds.

I wish I knew a way to wake everyone up to their responsibilities as citizens. Unfortunately there are too many distractions. Pardon me while I watch a little television...

(Actually, I don't own a television. It's all available on the internet but the extra effort makes me more selective in what I watch. But like you, I spend way too much time worrying about stuff like the CPUC. Will our voices here have any real effect?)

Oct. 9, 2015

swell: But obvious CPUC corruption isn't just manifest in Southern California. The San Bruno-actuated corruption was fully covered by Northern California media. This should lead to revolt -- like people en masse not paying utility bills, or not paying that percentage of utility bills that goes to lobbying and buying off of politicians. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 9, 2015

Maybe, just maybe, if California had a functioning two-party system, these abuses would not go unchallenged. There is an assumption that if the GOP had some clout, it also would cave in to these corporate raiders and their handmaidens. Why is that so?

When I'm seeing blog posts and comments from die-hard Dems and liberals decrying their fair-haired boy, Brown, I really wonder. How about having some real political competition in the state? In the final analysis, votes do count, rather than dollars. The real thing may be that low-information voters go for all the wrong people. Actually, that IS the problem. If you want reform, vote the bum(s) out!

Oct. 9, 2015

Visduh: I can't argue with your viewpoint, but I ask this: Can you remember, at any time or in any location, when Republicans moved against business interests? Right now, we don't hear business executives complaining about high utility rates. It's the old boys' network.

Now let me give some contradictory examples from history. Teddy Roosevelt, a Republican, was the great trust buster. The formation of the EPA, the clean water and air acts, and the endangered species act, came during the Nixon administration.

However, in the last 35 years or so, the Republicans -- and the Supreme Court justices they backed -- have been mere tools of business.

I speak as one who was a Republican from the 1960s to this decade, when I realized how wrong I had been on many points. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 9, 2015

I think the GOP's position on some social issues has hurt them a lot in CA. We don't have enough GOP in the legislature to have healthy debates about things like spending vs. taxation vs. public employee pay and protecting the environment vs. the economic costs of protecting the environment.

Oct. 9, 2015

ImJustABill: Frankly, the mutterings of Republicans running for president are frighteningly antediluvian. Think: Donald Trump wanting to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants. Ben Carson denying evolution. This is the 21st century! Before he dropped out, Scott Walker refused to comment on evolution. Trump's tax plan is staggeringly weighted toward cutting taxes for the rich, but he claims otherwise. And seems to get away with it. This rubs off on California Republicans. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 10, 2015

I think the many GOP candidate's positions on gay marriage, evolution, climate change, abortion are out-of-line with my thinking and most Americans.

As far as taxes, Trump seemed to talk the talk initially about trying to have taxes that are fair for the middle class but the details of his tax plan don't line up with that.

Trump has certainly made some very offensive comments regarding illegal immigrants - particularly the "rapists" comment. I don't agree with many of Trump's immigration proposals but in many ways I really don't think Trump's immigration plan is any more radical than the plan implicitly proposed by all of the Democratic candidates and most of the "mainstream" GOP candidates. Trump is saying we have laws and we should enforce them. Most of the other candidates are saying that we should continue our many decades long immigration policy of weak immigration enforcement with an amnesty every 20 years. (Of course they don't state it that way).

To me I think a reasonable compromise would be to allow an amnesty for the undocumented immigrants (at least for the vast majority who are non-criminals) who are here now - but combine the amnesty with stronger immigration enforcement, such as building a fence across the southern border, mandatory e-verify for employers and imposing stiffer penalties, including jail time for multiple offenses, for employers who repeatedly hire illegal immigrants. And frankly I don't think birthright citizenship should be legal - I think it should be made illegal then let the Supreme Court decide if the 14th amendment guarantees birthright citizenship or not.

Oct. 10, 2015

ImJustABill: Face economic facts. Sending the undocumented immigrants home would be a massive expense. Second, sending them home would put another dent in the economy: if we used only legal workers in agriculture, the prices of fruits and vegetables would soar out of sight.

No politician wants that. This issue needs some realism. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 10, 2015

I'm not sure that growing agriculture in CA using South and Central American labor and American water is superior to importing agricultural products from South and Central America grown with South and Central American labor and South and Central American water.

Oct. 10, 2015

ImJustABill: Would those agricultural products come from Mexico? Look at all we have done to deny water to that country. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 10, 2015

As one RHINO to another, I find most Democrats only a little less repugnant.

Aren't ex-parte communications already illegal?

Voters already are mad, by definition. They need to go uninsane and get angry. And informed, rather than propaganda-suckers.

Tw

Oct. 9, 2015

Twister: Ex parte meetings are not illegal if they are reported quickly and honestly. But Edison and CPUC commissioners had ex parte meetings and did not report them. That is illegal.

Jerry Brown claims the reform bills would slow down CPUC decision-making. Since that decision-making is pro-utility profits and anti-consumer solvency, that is just the point: slow down corrupt decision-making. It is clear to me that Brown was influenced by his friends Peevey and Picker (current CPUC president) and perhaps by his sister. And no doubt by utility lobbyists with money in their hands. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 10, 2015

How do you know how to vote when a guy is a flip-flopper sell out?

Oct. 9, 2015

You vote for the best of the worst as they have been bought and paid for long before we get to vote.

Oct. 10, 2015

AlexClarke: Your statement is a truism. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 10, 2015

shirleyberan: Vote for his or her opponent, or vote for a protest candidate. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 10, 2015

problem is honest ( and thinking persons) don't want to run for office because of the people they will be in league with.

Oct. 10, 2015

Murphyjunk: But in these days of celebrity worship, a politician who serves some terms, then loses, can get a high-paying job with a lobbying firm and also get good money for his or her speeches. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 10, 2015

in other words, its the "what in if for me" thinking in action

Oct. 11, 2015

Murphyjunk: 'Twas ever thus. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 12, 2015

Saldana seems to be the only Democrat with any guts.

Oct. 10, 2015

Twister: She not only has guts, she has brains. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 10, 2015

They usually go together. Maslow used to say "goodness correlates positively."

Oct. 11, 2015

Twister: I am not sure guts and brains usually go together. Sometimes, yes. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 11, 2015

Guts, good. Brains, good. "Guts" is the vernacular for courage. "Brains" is shorthand for fully-integrated, aka integrity.

Oct. 12, 2015

Twister: I think of "brains" as a word for intelligence, not integrity. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 12, 2015

Anyone who seeks a position of power and authority should be automatically disqualified.

Oct. 10, 2015

swell: When you look at some of our presidents from 1960s on, you have to wonder if a person has to be a little bit nuts to seek the office -- and that's why so many have undesirable characteristics (Bill Clinton, Richard Nixon, etc.) Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 10, 2015

Well, I'm a "citizen" and I'm aware - and I THINK THIS IS BULLSHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WTF?!

the CPUC is CRAP! and HAS been for quite a while! :P :P :P

None

Oct. 10, 2015

Shotgun Shela: The CPUC is definitely as you describe it. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 10, 2015

Don - Gov. Brown is going to look just like the accomplice he is, when the full SanO timeline comes out, since he has played an important role in not only enabling the CPUC to only promote for what is best for the very Utilities they are charged with regulating, but in also appointing Commissioners to the CPUC that are themselves "connected" to the Utilities!

Governor Brown is trying to protect himself, and his appointees from public scrutiny!

I bet he is already thinking about giving "Pardons" to everyone involved in #SanOnofreGate *.

Now voters will wonder if Attorney General Kamala Harris has been delaying the AG investigation and/or trying to cover for Mr. Peevey, in order to protect herself, Governor Brown and perhaps even Senator B. Boxer, all of which are already deeply involved in what happened in the multibillion dollar SanO debacle now known as #sanonofregate *.

The C in California now stands for Crooked.

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Oct. 10, 2015

CaptD: It is important to investigate the money Gov. Brown has received from the utilities -- particularly the investor-owned ones. Brown has been partial to both oil and power utilities. I smell a money motivation. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 10, 2015

Don

Don't forget Big Water, because portable water will be the next Oil.

Don't forget Big Developers, since CA is getting Densified and Real Estate is bigger business than ever before.

Don't forget Big Ag, since they have always stayed in the background, but have had a hand in every election.

Don't forget Big Transit, they are the new king makers since they determine where growth will occur.

Don't forget Big Police & Fire, since they are THE enforcers of Big Government & can do no wrong.

I believe that Dem. Governor Brown believes that he cannot be touched, since he is "above the Law". ... BTW: Richard Nixon felt the same way before WaterGate brought him down.

The GOP has unlimited of money to spend and they would not hesitate to spend BIG in order to shake up CA politics.

Oct. 10, 2015

CaptD: Good points. And the one that appears to be most self-destructive is a state facing a possible long-term (100 years, maybe?) drought and still permitting --encouraging, actually -- extensive real estate development. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 11, 2015

Rotten apples don't fall very far from the barrel.

Tw

Oct. 11, 2015

Twister; And avocados that have fallen from a tree attract many, many rats. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 11, 2015

Solution to the rat problem: Outlaw anything that attracts them.

Oct. 11, 2015

Twister: Outlaw avocados? One of my favorite foods? I do not agree with what you say, sir, and I shall NOT fight to the death for your right to say it. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 11, 2015

The two-legged ones. But Don' you no that laws are rules are necessary to preserve freedom by restricting them?

Tw

Oct. 31, 2015

they don't fall, they just stink up the other apples

Oct. 11, 2015

Except when they are being removed from the barrel.

Oct. 11, 2015

Murphyjunk: Those apologizing for crooks usually say that there are only a few rotten apples in the barrel. Usually that is not true at all. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 11, 2015

Brown has symptoms of dementia. Not that anything is wrong with being ill, but maybe it's time for him to step down since he can't govern effectively.

Oct. 11, 2015

Ponzi: Some believe that Reagan was showing signs of dementia in his last months in office. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 11, 2015

Don — Please consider these facts:

1) CA Governor Brown has appointed all the recent CPUC Commissioners and its last two Chairman.

2) Ex-Chairman Peevey was also an ex-SCE Chief Executive and a personal friend of Gov. Brown.

3) Peevey's wife (who does not use his same last name) is also an elected CA Official.

4) All the recent CPUC Commissioner appointments have "connections" to the Utilities they now "regulate".

5) Current Chairman Michael Picker (a long time Gov. Brown political advisor) not only looks like Michael Peevey and has the same initials but has zero Utility experience.

6) Senator Boxer, who was the ranking member of the Senate Environmental and Public Works Comm. which oversaw the NRC, received insider info about SCE's problems at SanO and then sat on it for far too long before releasing it to the public. Now everyone will wonder why she did that?

7) CA Attorney General Kamala Harris who is currently running for Senator Boxers seat and needs the support of Governor Brown, Senator Boxer and the Dem. Party.

8) The CA Attorney General's Office is now "investigating" the CPUC and it's handling of the SCE CA State mandated ratepayer "settlement" but at what speed?

9) The CPUC Appointed Legal Judge (ALJ) Darling responded to SCE's emails to her (which to some might be considered "entrapment") by citing SCE Executives for not disclosing their "behind closed doors" meetings (in Austria) between SCE and the then current CPUC Chairman Peevey. This occurred long before the CPUC held public meetings to determine a CPUC-SCE settlement, which mirrored Peevey's Austria meeting notes so closely, that many consider them "Deal Points" not meeting notes. They even included the exact amount of the large donations to be paid to UC Berkeley by both SCE and SDG&E (who is a 20% owner of San Onofre) to fund "climate research studies" over the next 5 years.

Cont.

Oct. 11, 2015

CaptD: In number 9) are you talking about a closed meeting in Warsaw, Poland with Peevey and a top Edison executive, or was there a top meeting in Austria I should know about? Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 11, 2015

Cont 2

10) The CPUC Appointed Legal Judge (ALJ) Darling has been called out herself as having ex parte communications with SCE.

11) This revelation means that all the public CPUC settlement hearings were no more than a "staged dog and pony show" because the CPUC-SCE settlement deal was already finalized and it was completely in SCE's favor, because it made ratepayers responsible for all the costs associated with SCE's multi-billion dollar mismanagement of the San Onofre replacement steam generator project (RSGP). Perhaps this is why when SD Attorney Michael Aguirre testified before the CPUC at a public meeting that they were making a big mistake, Peevey cussed him out and told him to “Now shut up — shut up!". http://www.copswiki.org/Common/M1448

12) The CPUC decided to only award intervenor payments to the groups that supported the CPUC settlement and gave nothing to those that opposed the CPUC settlement, which illustrates that those that play along with the CPUC get rewarded monetarily and those that don't play along get nothing, which is complete unfair. 13) Once the CPUC-SCE "behind closed doors" meeting became public, a number of those citizen groups that were vocally in their support of the CPUC settlement, retracted their support since it made them look bad because not only did they not fully disclose their own pre-settlement discussions with the CPUC but that they received sizable intervenor fees for agreeing with the CPUC settlement.

14) During this period, Main Stream Media (MSM) has been very, very careful not to ruffle any Big Utility feathers, since both SCE and SDG&E are both major supporters of Public media (think KPBS) and also are powerful entities that both local TV and print media know can mobilize large turnouts in support of anything that affects these Utilities.

15) Elected Leaders are well aware that donations from both these Utilities could easily be the difference between being elected or defeated, so we have heard almost nothing about #SanOnofreGate from them, despite the fact that suddenly owing $1,600 per ratepayer account is a huge financial burden for many of their ratepayers/supporters.

16) As if what already happened at SanO was not enough, SCE just received permission from the CA Costal Comm. (CCC) to store its ☢ waste on the beach for decades, despite enormous opposition from public groups that urged them to delay approval at least until new studies could be done to identify better alternatives to keeping it on the coast line.

17) Now SCE has decided to use inferior casks to store ☢ Waste long term, instead of high quality casks. What could possible go wrong?
https://sanonofresafety.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/reasonstobuythickcasks2015-01-30.pdf

Cont.

Oct. 11, 2015

CaptD: Actually, mainstream media have done a pretty good job reporting both the PG&E and San Onofre scandals. There have been some exceptions, of course.

In re Darling: At that meeting at which Peevey cussed out Aguirre, ALJ Darling was doing her darnedest to silence Aguirre, who had it exactly right, events have shown: Peevey and Edison had had a long string of illegal secret meetings that led to the San Onofre rape of the ratepayer. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 11, 2015

Sounds like a horror script where the little Darling metamorphoses into a monster.

Tw

PS: Obviously, corruption runs much deeper than this, and I hope some coverage or pundit will illuminate further transgressions. Of course, our entire CULTURE is riddled, nay, BASED UPON, corruption, lies, damn lies, and . . .

Oct. 31, 2015

Cont 3

18) Now, turning the San Onofre Beach into a long term Nuclear Waste Dump has gotten the attention of Surfers, who are rightfully protective of the beach. They are now getting involved, much to the dismay of SCE and the CPUC. http://www.theinertia.com/surf/kelly-slater-weighs-in-on-the-state-decision-to-bury-nuclear-waste-at-san-onofre/

19) Up to now, SCE, its consultants and NRC Region IV have tried to pin point the root cause but they have all been rejected by the NRC Atomic Safety Licensing Board (ASLB). Very soon, the root cause of the "unprecedented" tube damage in SanO Unit 3 will be released. When that occurs, it will identify both SCE's in-house RSGP design and the specific operational issues that were responsible for the destruction of the almost new replacement steam generators, that then led to the decommissioning of San Onofre and the multi-billion dollar ratepayer "behind closed doors" CPUC-SCE settlement.

20) #SanOnofreGate * will suddenly become national news as elected CA Officials scramble to distance themselves from this ratepayer ripoff in order to remain electable. All those that have worked since 01/31/12, behind the scenes, to make this happen will be the talk of the town, since they have been demonstrating for the public good instead of promoting for ever more Utility profits. SD Lawyers Aguirre & Severson have worked tirelessly, without CPUC compensation, supported by local SoCal websites like, http://sanonofresafety.org , http://decommission.sanonofre.com , sanclementegreen.org , http://citizensoversight.org , and many others both inside and outside the USA. They all will be associated with not only preventing a experimental "restart" of Unit 2 at partial power (that the NRC ASLB finally ruled was unsafe) and getting SanO decommissioned but even more importantly holding the CPUC and the Utilities they regulate responsible for the largest ratepayer debacle in US history, saving SoCal ratepayers billions of dollars in unwarranted excessive fees.

21) Ideally, the end result of #SanOnofreGate will be that the Governor and CA Legislature will reformat the CPUC. Hopefully it will be replaced by something that better reflects what the CPUC was meant to be, an equitable regulatory body that promotes for both Utility and ratepayers equally, instead of what we now have which are Utility cheerleaders that promote for themselves and the Utilities instead of the public good, which is why California has some the highest energy rates despite having some of, if not the best weather in the USA. http://sanonofresafety.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/compareyourelectricrates2012-04.jpg

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Oct. 11, 2015

CaptD: Excellent points in all three of your posts. I hope what you label SanOnofreGate will become national news. And, as you state in point 21), I hope it ends with major reforms of the CPUC. I also hope it ends with some of the CPUC conspirators spending time behind bars. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 11, 2015

Ray Lutz: You have done an excellent job in helping to expose the rape of the ratepayer. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 11, 2015

Joe Holtzman: "Brown the grifter." It would make an excellent bumper sticker during attempts to get Brown out of office. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 11, 2015

Excellent fodder for FRONTLINE.

Oct. 12, 2015

Twister: I once knew a priest named Fodder Frontline. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 12, 2015

Thou art slipping fodder and fodder away . . .

Oct. 31, 2015

CaptD has done an excellent job of summarizing and encapsulating the mess. Don, you want to see Brown removed from office. Good luck with that. We all should recall the aftermath of Davis' removal from that office, and what we got instead.

The real failure here was to learn from the past in choosing this governor. After his first go-round, there should have been no second time, no mulligan. Too many voters were too young to remember, or hadn't even been born, the first time he sat in that chair. I usually remind people that their best chance to affect policies and stop corruption and abuses is the ballot box. Criminal investigations can bring the miscreants down, but usually don't satisfy, and take 'way too long. (Let's remember the So County school district scandals that were revealed by Susan Luzzaro. It took years before the DA investigated, and after the indictments were handed down, it took about two years for the cases to play out. In the final analysis, all the baddies got off far too lightly. The outcome was better than if no indictments were ever handed down, but it really didn't send the message that needed to be sent.)

The current attorney general has no reason to bring corruption charges in this CPUC mess, and every political reason to keep quiet about it. Oh, you say that's her job, prosecuting criminals? Why, yes it is, but what does that have to do with anything in this era of realpolitik? Sooo, the matter would have to involve the FBI which is under the Department of Justice, and that's part of a Dem administration that would much prefer not to embarrass a Dem state like California.

Sigh.

Oct. 12, 2015

Davis needed to go. We elected Arnold to "fix the state", and then refused to support him when he tried to do just that. The Governor Schwarzenegger we wound up with was the one we worked for with our actions, even if that was contrary to the one we said we wanted with our words. Brown is a senile old gasbag and should be recalled, too. If we wind up with yet another bad Governor, well, that's our own fault, not because we "upset the apple cart".

Oct. 12, 2015

Visduh: You are right to be skeptical about whether anything will be done about the CPUC corruption. And in that case, the only way the public can force justice is to scream like hell, and that is probably not going to work. CPUC officials are appointed by the governor. Going to court can be futile, because the cases have to be taken to the appellate court, which can refuse to hear them. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 12, 2015

Visdah - the CA AG knows that if she makes "waves" she may not get the nod to replace Senator Boxer, that is why the AG's investigation is going no where fast...

Oct. 15, 2015

jnojr: Schwarzenegger was elected to fix the state. Instead, he fixed one of the household maids. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 12, 2015

Jason O'Neal: Big business complains about the so-called progressive lawmakers in the state, but business still gets its way. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 12, 2015

Nobody ever said democracy was easy. Anything worth doing tends to be in opposition to the power structure.

As Ben Franklin responded to a voice in the crowd after the signing that said, "Gentlement, what have you given us?" --"Liberty, IF you can KEEP it!"

Oct. 13, 2015

Twister: Ben Franklin made a more profound statement: older mistresses are preferred because they are so grateful. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 13, 2015

Agreed. But "older" is relative. Come an get it granny!

Oct. 16, 2015

Twister: That is a profound observation, but all things considered, you are still lagging Ben Franklin in pithy statements. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 16, 2015

I am always being pithed on by thuch thfellows.

Tw

Oct. 28, 2015

Martha Welch: I am not sure what it is that you consider a lie. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 16, 2015

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