Posted by California-Is-Broken, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Jan 28, 2012 at 9:50 am
> Hill called Peevey's self-appointment "a slap in the face"
> to the people of San Bruno.
Any more so that having a Legislature that has never provided adequate funding for auditors to review every State agency, including the CPUC?
If Mr. Peevey’s being on this San Bruno investigation is such an insult, why isn’t Hill calling for his removal from the CPUC, and possibly his being changed for some “crime of omission” by the State Attorney?
> Speier wrote to Brown that Florio does not have a
> conflict of interest "or historical cozy relationship with PG&E."
> In her letter, Speier writes, "I base my objection on the
> National Transportation Safety Board findings that the CPUC,
> under Mr. Peevey's presidency, was,
> in part, to blame for the litany of errors that led to the
> pipeline rupture."
What is Mr. Peevey’s history? His biography, found on the PUC web-site, provides a thumbnail view of his history, and qualifications, for being on the PUC--
Mr. Peevey holds Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in economics from the University of California, Berkeley. He is married to Carol J. Liu, who served three terms representing the 44th Assembly District (La Canada Flintridge) in the California legislature and in November 2008 was elected to the California Senate to represent the 21st Senate District.
Mr. Peevey was the President Edison International and Southern California Electric. If he developed a “cozy relationship” with PG&E in that role, Ms. Speier provides no proof.
How in the world can anyone he qualified to sit on a regulatory board that does not know anything about the industry being regulated? And to know anything about an industry means having worked in that industry. Ms. Speier seems to want to “convict” Mr. Peevey just for having worked in the energy sector, and having been successful enough to have arisen to a senior management position.
What is interesting though, is that Mr. Peevey is married to a State Legislator. Maybe Speier should be calling for laws that ban the spouses of Legislators from holding important positions in state government.
The following links point to the NTSB reports and statements about its investigation:
PIPELINE ACCIDENT REPORT: PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY NATURAL GAS TRANSMISSION PIPELINE RUPTURE AND FIRE, SAN BRUNO, CA, SEPTEMBER 9, 2010:
Pacific Gas and Electric Company Natural Gas Transmission Pipeline Rupture and Fire/San Bruno, California:
And the short version from the Orange County Register—
OCR Article on 2010 NTSB San Bruno Investigation:
The Wiki-page on Jackie Speier:
states that she was in the California Legislature and Senate for many years. Maybe it’s time to examine her record when it comes to CPUC legislative oversight, and funding of the State Auditor’s Office. In all likelihood, we’ll find that Ms. Speier was not overly interested in CPUC management, mission, or results at the time. It’s a little more than hypocritical that she would be doing little more than grandstanding at this time.
This situation is clearly messy. The pipe that burst was installed in the mid-1950s, so long ago that the current "players" were only children. It’s a real shame that we have in Jerry Hill and Jackie Speier two politicians the seem capable of doing little more than slinging mud and trying to divert the blame to one person who, as CPUC Chair, had little power to do anything more than he did.
The CPUC clearly needs change. Where the clarity of thought will come from to initiate that change is an open question.