Assemblymember Mike Gato (D-LA) is proposing a constitutional amendment to dissolve the CPUC–blowing up the box! The CPUC currently regulates energy utilities, telcom, transportation and water. That’s a tall order to ask five people to competently understand all of those arenas. And on the flip side, many have recognized that the state has too many “cooks in the kitchen” regulating energy, and it’s only gotten worse with increased climate change regulation. The CPUC hasn’t done much to burnish its reputation with the scandal of Mike Peevey’s “rulings for sale” and the inadequate responses to the San Bruno and Porter Ranch disasters. Closing up shop and starting over may be the best solution.
Gato and the Governor struck a deal: http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article86227082.html
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And this is starting to look good across the political spectrum. Joel Fox puts in his two cents: http://www.foxandhoundsdaily.com/2016/02/political-power-struggle-over-puc-reforms/
Here’s another commentator, Joe Mathews, on this matter: