Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles), the author of ACA 11 (which passed the Assembly by a 61-9 vote on June 2nd), and Governor Jerry Brown announced reaching agreement on extensive reforms to the California Public Utilities Commission, which will vastly improve the way California’s utility regulators serve the public. The reforms, which number in the dozens, will affect everything from the commission’s governance, accountability, transactions, transparency, and oversight. Reforms to the CPUC in recent years had proven elusive; this package represents a significant accord toward remaking and rehabilitating the CPUC.
“It’s hard to find a community in California that wasn’t affected by the CPUC in recent years,” said Assemblyman Gatto, Chairman of the Assembly’s Utility and Commerce Committee. “These much-needed reforms are a significant step to restore the public’s trust in the commission, and ensuring that it does what is best for ratepayers.”
Assemblyman Gatto and Governor Brown have agreed to the following principles to reform the CPUC, most which will appear in legislation that Gatto will carry.
“The reforms in this package overhaul the CPUC and subject it to more transparent good-government principles,” said Gatto. “It will now be able to focus on the things that are most important to Californians and our communities – safety, the environment, and keeping utility rates low.” Mike Gatto is the Chairman of the Utilities & Commerce Committee and the longest-serving current member of the State Assembly. He represents California’s 43rd Assembly District, which includes Burbank, Glendale, and Los Angeles. For details on these reforms and the agencies and departments that will be affected, please visit www.asm.ca.gov/gatto