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As Investigations Grow, California Senate Considers Top Utilities Regulator Confirmation

Stonewalling legislators when you have to be confirmed by their colleagues is usually not a good idea but that is the approach Michael Picker, president of the California Public Utilities Commission, appears to be taking. 

Wining and Dining With Energy Firms Still the Norm for PUC Commissioners

As investigations over alleged back-room dealings at the California Public Utilities Commission continue, Commissioner Mike Florio was wined and dined at a convention for a trade group that represents energy providers. 

As Secret Deals Probe Looms, PUC Urges Less Government Transparency

Only in California would discussions about curtailing the public’s ability to monitor state and local government include a state commission accused of secret backroom deals. 

Big Court Victory Will Upend Secrecy in CA Legislature, Open Records to Public

A landmark court decision was announced last night that will upend secrecy in the state Legislature. In response to a lawsuit by Bay Area and Los Angeles News Groups, which had sought records from the Legislature surrounding indicted Senators Leland Yee and Ron Calderon, a judge has ruled that the legislature must turn over calendars, meeting schedules, expense and reimbursement records as public records.

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