TILT: Good Appointments For The PUC

Jerry Brown made some appointments to the PUC, and considering the recent tilt towards the businesses they are regulating, it’s a good start.

Jerry Brown made some appointments to the PUC, and considering the recent tilt towards the businesses they are regulating, it’s a good start.

Attorney Michael Florio, 58, of Oakland has been appointed to the PUC after spending more than three decades representing ratepayers on behalf of the nonprofit consumer advocacy group TURN, The Utility Reform Network. Also named to the commission was Catherine Sandoval, a telecommunications expert and Santa Clara University law professor.

TURN is an excellent organization, and Florio has been a huge part of its growth. I don’t know all that much about Sandoval, but she certainly has the background for the position.

We’ll see if we can get some real reform. After PG&E tried to buy their own regulation in the form of Prop 16, its an industry that needs some new perspectives.