California’s Privileged Utilities Commission

Commissioner Chong had a year-long track record when her confirmation hearing was held, and it was a disastrous record from TURN’s perspective.

For Immediate Release From The Utility Reform Network

Earlier this year TURN took a major step when we strongly opposed Senate confirmation of Commissioner Rachelle Chong. Because we have to work with commissioners throughout their terms, and because confirmation usually occurs early in their first year, before they have cast many controversial votes, TURN has historically refrained from direct and outright opposition of the confirmation of individual commissioners.

However, Commissioner Chong had a year-long track record when her confirmation hearing was held, and it was a disastrous record from TURN’s perspective. She gleefully assumed the role of chief architect of telecommunications deregulation, even going so far as to permit AT&T to scuttle long-standing rules that prevented marketing abuses it had engaged in.

We knew consumers were in trouble when, almost immediately after being appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger, she cast a crucial vote to kill the Consumer Bill of Rights. Despite widespread consumer opposition, Commissioner Chong won Senate confirmation with strong backing from Governor Schwarzenegger