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AlexClarke: The CPUC hasn't acted on this proposal yet. But you can bet that it favors it -- it favors anything that jacks up utility profits at the expense of ratepayers. Best, Don Bauder

Sept. 17, 2014

I hope Mike Aguirre and Mia Severson take the CPUC case to Federal Court, then perhaps we will see some justice for ratepayers!

May 4, 2014

Stephan Flores: You are absolutely right. The CPUC fights for higher utility profits and fleeces ratepayers to do so. How much stock in California utilities does CPUC head Peevey (formerly president of Edison), and others on the commission, have stashed in offshore tax and secrecy havens? Best, Don Bauder

May 4, 2014

as I have mentioned before, start publishing the pictures and home address of these decision makers so the public can address their concerns directly to them and see how fast the problem goes away.

Its the small town theory, if everyone knows everyone there will be very little b.s. being pulled on the citizens.

May 4, 2014

Agreed, both traditional parties have failed the Public's trust time and time again, which is why San Diego is being now sold to the highest bidder!

May 4, 2014

San Diego Highwayman: Yes, the quality has gone down. Of course, that's true of other metro dailies, too, but the U-T quality decline appears to be more pronounced.

I know of metro dailies that have shrunk considerably, but have made very good use of the smaller amount of space by featuring excellent investigative reporting and the like.

I keep saying this, but it is well worth repeating: when Manchester and Lynch announced at the outset that reporters would be cheerleaders for business, the military, and a downtown football stadium, they were announcing that the paper would be a propaganda vehicle that could not be trusted to present the truth. I don't know that the U-T under the current ownership will ever get over that initial pronouncement. That is one of several reasons leading me to believe that Manchester might possibly sell. Best, Don Bauder

May 1, 2014

Don - So Mr. Peevey recused himself but fingered his chief of staff while commissioner Mike Florio helped PG&E save their shareholders 2 billion dollars...

Anybody want to bet Carol Brown will be able to find employment at PG&E?

If this 2 billion dollar CPUC "decision" does not get "law enforcement to consider criminal charges against top CPUC and PG&E officials" then all CA ratepayers should question who CA law enforcement is really protecting.

Sept. 16, 2014

PG&E/CPUC RELATIONSHIP WASN'T JUST COZY -- IT WAS LOVEY-DOVEY. The San Francisco Chronicle has expanded on the batch of new emails between PG&E and the CPUC leading to yesterday's house-cleaning at both the company and the agency. PG&E's vice president of regulatory relations told an aide to CPUC president Mike Peevey that one prospective administrative law judge in the case presented "a real problem for us." Another judge being considered had handled a case involving PG&E and the company "got screwed royally."

So Mike Florio, another commissioner said "I'll do what I can" to get a judge that the company wanted. Ultimately, PG&E got its way, and got the judge it wanted.

Peevey asked his chief of staff, Carol Brown, to resign, as earlier reported here. Brown had advised a top PG&E official on how to get around a request for public information over the 2010 San Bruno explosion. "Love you," replied the PG&E official.

As earlier reported, the two administrative law judges recommended a much lower penalty for PG&E as the staff had recommended. Obviously, that was just what PG&E wanted.

It is now time for law enforcement to consider criminal charges against top CPUC and PG&E officials. Best, Don Bauder

Sept. 16, 2014

The CPUC is a do nothing group of political hacks who have only allegiance to the utilities and never consider the public. They are corrupt and useless. They should be disbanded and replaced with a consumer driven oversight group of some sort. (I know wishful thinking as money talks and ........)

Sept. 16, 2014

AlexClarke: That is a very good description of the CPUC today. However, California has had good CPUCs. When Loretta Lynch headed it in 2000-2002, it was an enlightened regulator, putting consumers first, and not utility profits first, as the current commission does.

The revelations of these emails, along with the CPUC's belated and apologetic response to them, show definitively that the CPUC today is totally pro-utility and anti-consumer. Best, Don Bauder

Sept. 16, 2014

aardvark: I will be posting more details on the exchange of emails between the thoroughly crooked PG&E and equally crooked CPUC. See below. Best, Don Bauder

Sept. 16, 2014

This whole thing has been a train wreck from the beginning. (Sorry--that was too easy)

Oct. 27, 2016

AlexClarke: Yes, regulatory/utility corruption is nothing new. But this San Onofre case, the "rape of the ratepayer," is an egregious case. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 21, 2015

Bonnie Russell: Agreed. But there is a problem nailing the CPUC and the utilities. You can't take the CPUC to court. You have to go straight to the appellate court, which can refuse to hear the case. Legislation could change this, but Gov. Jerry Brown -- who is complicit in the CPUC's corruption -- vetoed the regulatory reform bills.

So now Edison, Peevey, executives of Edison, SDG&E, and PG&E, and most importantly the CPUC and its commissioners and administrative law judges, have a clear path to escape. They are just stalling until the public forgets about the wide-open thievery. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 21, 2015

Well said. Some of the most bright, wonderful, warm and ethical people you'll ever meet have no need for religion. And this sexual abuse has gone on with many organized religions for decades, not just within the Catholic church and Watchtower.

April 25, 2016

According to public records, The ABC shows the gas station (9035 Mission Gorge Road) is known as Qwik Korner 2, with the primary owner of the liquor license as Lemon Grove Ultra Mart Inc. The California Secretary of State lists "Sam L Charry" of Jamul as the agent of service for the corporation.

The County Clerk records show a fictitious name filing for "Maryz Donuts" was filed on 12/17/2015 by Ideal Market Inc. The California Secretary of State as lists "Sam L Charry" the agent of service for the corporation.

So the principal is Sam Charry. In a San Diego Union Tribune story, he is identified as a member of the Chaldean-American Association in El Cajon. According to public records, Ideal Market Inc. also operates a liquor store in National City with other shareholders.

Raising the rent or not extending a lease is business. But filing of a similar sounding name and scheming to inherit the good will of that location to sell donuts after pushing the long time operator out is disgusting. I've heard of similar things happening to owners of laundromats. A new buyer of the building kicks out the owner of the laundromat and gets to keep all the property improvements that make it a laundromat, and then the building owner continue to operate the laundry (without having had to invest in all the improvements and permits).

Not only should people boycott "Maryz" they should boycott the Qwik Korner as well. And steer clear of doing business with these sleazy type of landlords.

April 30, 2016

Hope everyone boycotts all the businesses on the corner. Please publish the name of this slime ball.

April 30, 2016

Respect and admiration to Ms Berntsen, the reported "whistleblower," a silly descriptor for a serious individual. Blowing a whistle is fun, but being the one who has the moral strength to truly do their job is not. She is the antithetical hero to the sneaky, albeit alleged, villain who uses their job to unfair advantage. Rules don't work without people like Ms Berntsen. Hooray for her.

May 26, 2016

The rules for Medicare are far too intricate for anyone on the outside to understand, typical of things issued by government bureaucracies. But good ol' Alvarado Hospital has had a history of things that were very wrong. Back in its Tenet Healthcare days, it got into hot water on multiple occasions. It was never well run, and also had its scandals in regard to poor patient care. I'd suggest that all San Diegans avoid using that hospital except in the case of extreme emergency.

May 26, 2016

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