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Southern California Edison, which owns almost 80% of the now-closed San Onofre nuclear facility, is redacting names of its engineers so investigators can't depose them, says San Diego attorney Mike Aguirre. In a filing yesterday (July 8) with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), Aguirre and partner Maria Severson asked the CPUC to force Edison to release the names of its engineers who worked on the faulty unit that developed a leak leading to the eventual closure. As part of the discovery process, Edison redacted the names of the engineers working on the project. But those engineers should be deposed, says Aguirre. His filing also alluded to the fact that Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E, which owns 20% of the nuclear facility) continue to charge ratepayers for "installation of the flawed steam generators and generation, distribution and transmission costs from San Onofre, despite its non-production of energy since January 2012. It is time that the California Public Utilities Commission stops the stonewalling."

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Anon92107 July 9, 2013 @ 1:46 p.m.

Don, if Brown really cares about ratepayers, he would immediately appoint Aguirre to takeover the CPUC, giving him full powers to clean house and restore its integrity.


Don Bauder July 9, 2013 @ 2:19 p.m.

Anon92107: Like all politicians, Brown has to weigh voters against corporate interests that pay for his campaigns. Somebody like Aguirre doesn't have a chance. Best, Don Bauder


danfogel July 9, 2013 @ 6:10 p.m.

response to anon92107 I don't think that the governor can just "he would immediately appoint Aguirre to takeover the CPUC, giving him full powers". It's kind of a constitutional thing. The governor appoints the president of the board and I believe he could remove a person from that position and appoint another commissioner in his place. But he can't just remove a sitting commissioner at his discretion before their term expires. I believe that both state houses would have to vote in a majority for a commissioner's removal and I do know there is a specific list of reasons.


Anon92107 July 10, 2013 @ 11:41 a.m.

Thanks for the info danfogel, then it is up to Brown and his majorities in both state houses to vote for the best interests of ratepayers for a change, and clean out the CPUC.

It's way past due time for a change, the people of California have been screwed far too much by the CPUC, even to the point of criminal negligence that threatened us with a nuclear radiation disaster at SONGS.


danfogel July 10, 2013 @ 2:46 p.m.

response to anon92107 you should read Article 12, Section 1 of the California State Constitution. I moved back to California not too long after Brown made his initial appointments to the CPUC, so I don't know a whole lot about them. I was still here when Davis appointed Peevey and I assume that since Brown appointed the other 4, they are Democrats also. I believe that the Senate and the Assembly are both still Dem supermajorities, so I find it pretty unlikely that they would turn on their own, and how difficult would it be to prove grounds for removing any of them, let alone all of them? Though he has no say, you know that Brown is not going to support such a thing. With 4 of the 5 being his appointees, that would be tantamount to saying that he was wrong in his choices; he ain't gonna do that.


Anon92107 July 10, 2013 @ 2:55 p.m.

Thanks again for your facts danfogel, I guess I should have been a lot more specific by defining "clean out the CPUC" as getting rid of corruption like Peevey and defending ratepayers against SCE by making their shareholders pay for the SONGS disaster that Peevey and SCE executives created.

Actually this was my original position, however, I have since come to realize that this is hopeless because Brown is hopeless.


Don Bauder July 12, 2013 @ 3:54 p.m.

danfogel: The four commissioners appointed by Brown have been a disappointment. We keep hoping they will fulfill their early promise, but it doesn't seem to happen. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder July 12, 2013 @ 9:09 p.m.

Anon92107. Don't forget San Bruno. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder July 10, 2013 @ 5:58 p.m.

danfogel: Peevey was appointed by Gov. Gray Davis, Democrat, and reappointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Republican. Best, Don Bauder


MURPHYJUNK July 10, 2013 @ 7:14 a.m.

pitbull Aguirre has his teeth into something here, he won't let go now.


Don Bauder July 10, 2013 @ 6 p.m.

Murphyjunk: Yes, I don't think Mike will drop this one. He is going full bore, working day and night on it. Best, Don Bauder


SurfPuppy619 July 10, 2013 @ 9:07 a.m.

"..pitbull Aguirre has his teeth into something here, he won't let go now..."

Mike is going "GGGgrrrrrwwwww" !!!!!!!


Don Bauder July 10, 2013 @ 6:01 p.m.

SurfPup: Yes, Aguirre is really committed to this one, no matter what the CPUC does to hurt him personally. Best, Don Bauder


Fred Williams July 12, 2013 @ 3:16 a.m.

Funny how when the UT and downtown establishment hates someone, that person often turns out to be a real servant of the public interest, courageous, honest and willing to suffer defeats and continue fighting for what is right.

Compare these heroes to those who the oligarchs adore and reward. Insubstantial placeholders, smarmy smiling yes men and women on a career path to enrich themselves at the expense of those who trusted and elected them, based on the recommendation of those oligarchs who hold the purse strings and control how the candidates are covered in the media.


Don Bauder July 12, 2013 @ 3:55 p.m.

Fred: I couldn't have said it better. You are so right. Best, Don Bauder


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