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Governor Jerry Brown: Appoint a New President of CPUC Immediately
  • Petitioning Governor Jerry Brown

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Governor Jerry Brown
California Governor
California State Senate
California State House
California-013
State Sen. Jerry Hill
California-14
Rep. Jackie Speier

Governor Jerry Brown: Appoint a New President of CPUC Immediately

    1. Kathy DeRenzi - (former)San Bruno Resident for Safety
    2. Petition by

      Kathy DeRenzi - (former)San Bruno Resident for Safety

      CA

The residents of San Bruno formally request that Governor Brown appoint a new President of the California Public Utilities Commission. Michael Peevey has failed the residents of San Bruno, and put ALL California residents at risk with his lack of transparency, and lack of interest in protecting consumers.

To:
Governor Jerry Brown
California Governor
California State Senate
California State House
State Sen. Jerry Hill, California-013
Rep. Jackie Speier, California-14
Appoint a New President of CPUC Immediately

The residents of San Bruno formally request that Governor Brown appoint a new President of the California Public Utilities Commission. Michael Peevey has failed the residents of San Bruno, and put ALL California residents at risk with his lack of transparency, and lack of interest in protecting consumers.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    News

    1. PG&E's judge shopping outrages state PUC employees

      PG&E's judge-shopping prompts demands for criminal probe

      Two state legislators and the mayor of San Bruno demanded Friday that state Attorney General Kamala Harris open a criminal investigation into whether Pacific Gas and Electric Co. broke the law by lobbying state regulators in a rate case that could result in consumers paying more than $1 billion for gas-pipeline improvements.

    2. PG&E and the PUC oust several key officials in wake of email flap

      SAN BRUNO -- PG&E and the state Public Utilities Commission, engulfed in controversy over inappropriate email exchanges and how they are handling the aftermath of the fatal explosion in San Bruno, announced the ouster of several officials amid accusations the two organizations have a cozy relationship.

      In addition, PUC President Michael Peevey, under fire for his helping to foster what some critics call a lax culture of regulatory oversight at the powerful state agency, has recused himself from two key cases related to PG&E's natural gas operations, including a decision on potential fines for PG&E regarding the San Bruno blast.

      A view of ground zero of the gas explosion is seen from Fairmont Drive and Concord Way on Friday, Sept. 10, 2010 in San Bruno, Calif. 38 homes were
      A view of ground zero of the gas explosion is seen from Fairmont Drive and Concord Way on Friday, Sept. 10, 2010 in San Bruno, Calif. 38 homes were destroyed after a gas line exploded in the residential Crestmoor neighborhood of San Bruno on Sept. 9. (Jane Tyska/Staff) (JANE TYSKA)
      San Francisco-based PG&E announced it has dismissed senior vice president of regulatory affairs Tom Bottroff, vice president of regulatory relations Brian Cherry and vice president of regulatory proceedings and rates Trina Horner.

      In addition, Peevey's chief of staff, Carol Brown, has agreed to resign, effective immediately, the PUC announced.

      "I feel that my voluntary recusal should ensure the public's confidence in the credibility and objectivity of the CPUC's decisions," PUC president and commissioner Peevey said in a prepared release.

      The PUC described the email exchanges between key executives at PG&E and top officials at the PUC as inappropriate.

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      The executive director of the PUC was ordered to conduct a review of the agency's internal procedures to ensure inappropriate communications don't occur in the futurue. The PUC will use an outside expert to assist in the review.

      "I want to assure those practicing before us, the many stakeholders to our proceedings, and the public that this will not happen again," PUC Commissioner Michael Florio said in a prepared release.

      In one email exchange, regarding state Sen. Jerry Hill, whose district includes San Bruno, PG&E executives indicated they were irked when Hill, as a member of the state Assembly in 2011 and 2012, raised safety concerns about PG&E increasing pressure on multiple gas pipelines, and about Peevey's role in the matter.

      "Just wanted to give you some notice that we'd be replying to Hill," the PUC's top staff member, Executive Director Paul Clanon, wrote to PG&E regulatory executive Cherry. Cherry later wrote to Clanon: "Let's just say I have no respect left for Mr. Hill." PG&E apologized this year about Cherry's comments.

      "As a company, we must be committed to complying with both the letter and the spirit of the law and PG&E's own code of conduct at all times. No excuses." PG&E Chief Executive Officer Anthony Earley wrote in an open letter to the company's employees on Monday. "That is, and must be, the standard for our behavior individually and as a company."

      PG&E said that it has hired Ken Salazar as a special counsel. Salazar, a former U.S. Senator and cabinet secretary, will help the utility improve its regulatory compliance efforts. The utility also appointed Steve Malnight as senior vice president of regualtory relations. In addition, the company is creating a new position of chief regulatory compliance officer to oversee compliance with all requirements that govern PG&E's interactions with the PUC.

      In an April 2013 email, Carol Brown, chief of staff for Commissioner Peevey, wrote to PG&E executive Laura Doll and offered advice about how to handle one of the proceedings related to the San Bruno explosion. In the email, Brown said she had talked to one of the PUC administrative law judges about the matter.

      "Send back a sweet note" to the PUC about the matter "and then wait for them to throw a fit" was part of Brown's advice. Brown also said she was "happy to chat" about the matter with PG&E to help guide company officials through the PUC process.

      Doll replied to Brown, "Love you. Thanks."

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    3. 4 Years Ago and Mr. Peevey is Still In Charge of Our CPUC

      Unbelievably, Mr. Peevey is still in charge of the CPUC. Shame on the Governor for not even acknowledging the People of San Bruno! Our lives were changed forever. Everyday many of us share the memory of that terrible day in Sept. 2010 when the ground beneath us exploded and a furious fire consumed our homes. We ran for our lives, and some of our neighbors couldn’t escape. God bless the people of San Bruno. Thank you to our City Manager and our Mayor for not forgetting about us and for continuing to fight for the safety of all Californian’s. Thank you to our Senator Hill for standing up to Mr. Peevey and trying his hardest to protect our citizens. There is no good reason Mr. Peevey is still holding any position in the CPUC. Where is the Governor in this mess? Governor Brown can make a difference in California and bring respect back to the CPUC, but he but has choosen not to do anything. - Kathy DeRenzi (formerly of San Bruno)

    4. City of San Bruno Online Petition to CPUC

      San Bruno Gas Pipeline Safety Petition

      Share yoursupport! Keep Your City Safe from PG&E Gas Disasters. Demand PG&E Shareholders Pay for a Safe System.See why you need to sign this petition. Every signature makes a difference.

    5. San Bruno Suing CPUC Over San Bruno Explosion Documents

      San Bruno Suing CPUC Over San Bruno Explosion Documents; Alleges Improper Relationships With PG&E

      Get Breaking News First Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning. Sign Up SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) - The City of San Bruno is suing the California Public Utilities Commission for the release of documents the city claims shows improper conduct between CPUC regulators and Pacific Gas and Electric company in the process to determine fines against PG&E for the 2010 San Bruno explosion.

    6. Escessive penalties aimed at PG&E will hit consumers

      Excessive penalties aimed at PG&E will hit consumers

      The state has also demonstrated strong leadership in handling major energy challenges, including the 2000-01 energy crisis and subsequent bankruptcy of PG&E, California's largest utility, when the California Public Utilities Commission helped resolve the crisis and restore stability to its energy markets.

    7. California Lawmaker Lobbies Against “jab at my husband”

      California lawmaker lobbies against 'jab at my husband'

      It's not often you see a lawmaker lobbying her colleagues to kill a bill because she thinks it insults her husband. But that's what happened Tuesday as Sen. Carol Liu made the rounds on the Senate floor asking fellow senators to withhold their votes when Senate Bill 434 came up.

    8. San Bruno Mayor Questions Aggressive Language by CPUC President

      San Bruno Mayor Questions Aggressive Language by CPUC President

      investigations Three years after the deadly San Bruno pipeline explosion, tensions between San Bruno city leaders and the California Public Utilities Commission remain high. For the first time, city officials reveal details of a Dec. 18, 2012 encounter with CPUC President Michael Peevey that sheds new light on the ongoing conflict between the city and the man in charge of the utility regulator.

    9. Flown-Wined-and-Dined-on-Lobbists-Dimes

      Flown, Wined and Dined on Lobbyists' Dimes?

      The president of one of the most powerful and highly-funded regulatory agencies in the state has accepted all-expense paid trips to some of the world's most exotic and desired locations, the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit has found.

    10. Reached 1,000 signatures
    11. Federal Government Audits Embattled CPUC

      Federal Government Audits Embattled CPUC to Determine Compliance in Wake of San Bruno Explosion and Fire

      Weeks after City of San Bruno officials raised serious concerns about the ongoing turmoil within the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the U.S. Department of Transportation's Administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is now challenging the embattled CPUC to demonstrate compliance and prove its ability to carry out pipeline safety in the wake of the Sept.

    12. U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier Urges Feds Review of CPUC

      U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier urges fed review of California Public Utilities Commission

      U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo, is calling for a federal investigation into the California Public Utilities Commission and its handling of safety actions proposed by Pacific Gas and Electric following the San Bruno gas pipeline explosion and fire that killed eight nearly three years ago.

    13. Advocates call for new CPUC President after latest fiasco

      Advocates call for new CPUC president after latest fiasco

      KTVU.com SAN FRANCISCO - There were rising concerns Thursday that ongoing internal disputes at the California Public Utilities Commission could end up costing San Bruno residents, leading advocates to call on the governor for new leadership. The internal warfare within the state public utilities commission over the San Bruno firestorm has become very public.

    14. PUC Lawyers call Officials Orders "Threatening"

      PUC lawyers call official's orders 'threatening'

      The top California Public Utilities Commission official who recommended that Pacific Gas and Electric Co. not be fined for the 2010 San Bruno disaster dismissively told agency attorneys who objected that "fairies" were supplying him with the information he needed, and that the lawyers should back him up "or else," according to confidential e-mails obtained by The Chronicle.

    15. Peevey Safety Award Questioned

      CPUC Safety Award Questioned

      A union that represents utility workers at companies including PG&E honored CPUC president Michael Peevey for his commitment to safety at the state capitol Monday night. Peevey is scheduled to vote later this year on the size and details of the penalty for PG&E's role in the San Bruno pipeline explosion in Sept.

    16. Infighting over PG&E goes Public

      Infighting over PG&E penalty goes public

      A top lawyer with the California Public Utilities Commission on Friday angrily rejected his bosses' assertions that he and his team asked to be reassigned from pursuing Pacific and Electric Co. for regulatory violations in the San Bruno gas pipeline explosion.

    17. San Bruno demands utility 'pay the maximum' for deadly explosion

      San Bruno demands utility 'pay the maximum' for deadly explosion

      KTVU SAN BRUNO, Calif. - The City of San Bruno called on state officials Friday to order Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to pay $3.85 billion - $1.6 billion dollars more than the utility has offered to pay - in damages related to the deadly 2010 pipeline explosion.

    18. CPUC San Bruno Lawyer Who Asked Out of Case

      CPUC San Bruno Lawyer Who Asked Out of Case: PG&E Penalty Recommendation 'Unlawful'

      Robert Cagen, a California Public Utilities Commission lawyer who says he was working on the penalty case against PG&E relating to the 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion, emailed KQED's Peter Jon Shuler the following: "I personally could not continue working on the San Bruno penalty briefs because I concluded that the CPSD recommendations that were to be made in the briefs were unlawful and contrary to what our team had worked to accomplish in the last two and a half years."

    19. Audit: PG&E didn't spend $50M for improvements (!)

      Audit: PG&E didn't spend $50M for improvements

      A state-ordered audit of PG&E shows the utility failed to spend more than $50 million it collected to upgrade natural gas lines.

    20. Peevey's Priority: Senate Hearing or Napa Winery?

      Peevey's Priority: Senate Hearing or Napa Winery?

      The embattled president of the California Public Utilities Commission recently ignored the call to answer tough questions by state senators in Sacramento and instead decided to attend a conference at an exclusive Napa resort and a reception at an upscale winery in St.

    21. PG&E Clarifies "lost its way" ad Campaign

      PG&E clarifies 'lost its way' ad campaign

      A top Pacific Gas and Electric Co. executive told regulators that the company's ad-campaign acknowledgment that it had "lost its way" before the San Bruno disaster referred to a loss of focus on "basic operations," but not specifically to safety problems. Jane Yura, PG&E vice president for gas operations standards and policies, is the highest-ranking company official to testify at state Public Utilities Commission hearings into allegations that the utility violated safety laws leading up to the September 2010 explosion of a natural-gas pipeline.

    22. PG&E consultant defends pipe inspections

      PG&E consultant defends pipe inspections

      A consultant working for Pacific Gas and Electric Co. in its effort to minimize fines that could total hundreds of millions of dollars for the San Bruno pipeline explosion testified that the company had an "effective" regime to evaluate the integrity of its natural gas system, even before the 2010 disaster.

    23. Reached 750 signatures

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    • Ron Wolter BERKELEY, CA
      • 27 days ago

      Michael Peevey is bad.

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    • Roger Jaquith EL SOBRANTE, CA
      • 29 days ago

      Let's get the corruption out of CPUC

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    • Jeffrey Fletcher BERKELEY, CA
      • 29 days ago

      Because corruption should not be left unchecked and allowed to continue.

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    • BEN VALIS OAKLAND, CA
      • 29 days ago

      As a taxi driver, Mr. Peeved has proceeded over legislation that has literally destroyed my livelihood, and has allowed companies that flout the law and government regulation to have carte Blanche to do whatever they wish in the streets. Even after the deaths of pedestrians like the Liu family in San Francisco, these companies like Uber and Lyft have been allowed to operate unimpeded, with out regard to public safety, the fact that the drivers are looking at an app while driving, which is unsafe, and have flooded the streets with cars, making traffic a nightmare. Additionally, by flooding the streets with unfair competition, my existence as a taxi driver has been marginalized to the point that I have started looking for new work, after over the years in the industry. The proceedings regarding these so-called TNC companies have seemed rigged in their favor from the beginning, and Mr. Peevey has overseen these proceedings. Please ask him to step down from his position, not only due to these facts, but the aforementioned inappropriate relationships he has fostered in dealing with PGE. Thanks. Ben Valis

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    • Eric Cragin PINOLE, CA
      • about 1 month ago

      thr emails show he was knee deep in all of this , on the side he shouldn't be and the judge shopping should have the Justice cept here . Get rid of this corrupt ass .

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