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From: Kathy DeRenzi <>
Date: February 25, 2013 7:56:08 AM PST
To: MikeKnell@xxxxxxx
Subject: Update about 'Governor Jerry Brown: Appoint a New President of CPUC Immediately' on
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Senator Hill will have a news conference at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 25, at the state PUC building at 505 Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco. We are all invited to come and support our Senator. Mayor Jim Ruane is planning to do so. The news conference will mostly address separation of functions, which is the response to CPUC President Peevey using the PUC’s General Counsel to cancel the San Bruno penalty hearings last October.

Specifically, the bill:

1) Would explicitly call for separation of PUC staff for prosecutorial and the adjudicative functions in an adjudicative proceeding. This is part of the Administrative Procedures Act, clearly stated in FERC regulations, and already general practice that the PUC. This provision is in response to a situation during the San Bruno penalty proceedings where the PUC president, through the General Counsel, was directing staff counsel to find ways to settle, even though staff counsel was not looking to take that course.

2) Would strike the provisions of SB 33 (Peace, 1999), the effect of which would be that statute would no longer explicitly state that all non-DRA staff are directed by the president. The bill would not affect the Governor’s ability to designate the president. According to the Constitution, the PUC can develop its own procedures, so they don’t need this provision to function.

3) Would explicitly allow challenges to the assigned commissioner, as is allowed for administrative law judges. The commission would by no means be required to agree with the reassignment, but it would have to acknowledge on the challenge, instead of ignoring it, as was done in the Lawrence Livermore National Lab proceeding.

This message is from Kathy DeRenzi who started the petition "Governor Jerry Brown: Appoint a New President of CPUC Immediately," which you signed on








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