Remembering TURN founder Sylvia Siegel
When firebrand Sylvia Siegel discovered that no one was challenging outrageous utility rate increase applications at the California Public Utilities Commission, she stepped up and decided to do the job herself. Siegel founded TURN, originally called Toward Utility Rate Normalization, from her kitchen table in 1973. She taught herself the complex laws and rules that govern utility rates and quickly learned how to use them to the benefit of the public, rather than utility shareholders. Siegel was ably assisted by TURN's first attorney, Mike Florio, who represented TURN for over 30 years before being appointed to the CPUC by Governor Brown in 2011.