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|Compensation = 138,528
 
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|Other offices = [[Governor of California|Governor]] • [[Lieutenant Governor of California|Lieutenant Governor]] • [[California Secretary of State|Secretary of State]] • [[Attorney General of California|Attorney General]] •  [[California Treasurer|Treasurer]] • [[California State Auditor|Auditor]]  • [[California Controller|Controller]] • [[California Superintendent of Public Instruction|Superintendent of Public Instruction]] • [[California Secretary of Agriculture|Agriculture Secretary]] • [[California Commissioner of Insurance|Insurance Commissioner]] • [[California Secretary for Natural Resources|Natural Resources Secretary]] • [[California Director of Industrial Relations|Industrial Relations  Director]] • [[California Public Utilities Commission|Public Utilities Commission]]}}
 
|Other offices = [[Governor of California|Governor]] • [[Lieutenant Governor of California|Lieutenant Governor]] • [[California Secretary of State|Secretary of State]] • [[Attorney General of California|Attorney General]] •  [[California Treasurer|Treasurer]] • [[California State Auditor|Auditor]]  • [[California Controller|Controller]] • [[California Superintendent of Public Instruction|Superintendent of Public Instruction]] • [[California Secretary of Agriculture|Agriculture Secretary]] • [[California Commissioner of Insurance|Insurance Commissioner]] • [[California Secretary for Natural Resources|Natural Resources Secretary]] • [[California Director of Industrial Relations|Industrial Relations  Director]] • [[California Public Utilities Commission|Public Utilities Commission]]}}
{{TOCnestright}}The '''California Public Utilities Commission''' is a quasi-executive agency in the California state government. The commission regulates the state's "privately owned electric, natural gas, telecommunications, water, railroad, rail transit, and passenger transportation companies."<ref>[http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/puc/ ''California Public Utilities Commission'', "Home," accessed June 30, 2011.]</ref>  The commission consists of five commissioners appointed by the [[California Governor|governor]] and confirmed by the [[California State Senate|Senate]]. The administrative head of the commission is the executive director, who oversees day-to-day operations.
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{{TOCnestright}}The '''California Public Utilities Commission''' is a quasi-executive agency in the California state government. The commission regulates the state's "privately owned electric, natural gas, telecommunications, water, railroad, rail transit, and passenger transportation companies."<ref>[http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/puc/ ''California Public Utilities Commission'', "Home," accessed June 30, 2011]</ref>  The commission consists of five commissioners appointed by the [[California Governor|governor]] and confirmed by the [[California State Senate|Senate]]. The administrative head of the commission is the executive director, who oversees day-to-day operations.
  
 
==Current officeholders==
 
==Current officeholders==
The current commissioners are [[Michael R. Peevey]] (president), [[Carla J. Peterman]], [[Michel Peter Florio]], [[Catherine J.K. Sandoval]] and [[Mark J. Ferron]]. Peevey was appointed in 2002, Simon in 2007, and the remaining three in 2011. Commissioners serve six year terms.
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The current commissioners are [[Michael Picker]] (president), [[Carla J. Peterman]], [[Michel Peter Florio]], [[Catherine J.K. Sandoval]] and [[Liane Randolph]]. Commissioners serve six-year terms.<ref name=pres>[http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/PUC/aboutus/Commissioners/Picker/index.htm ''California Public Utilities Commission'', "President Michael Picker," accessed April 9, 2015]</ref><ref>[http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/PUC/aboutus/commissioners/ ''California Public Utilities Commission'', "Commissioners," accessed April 9, 2015]</ref>
  
 
==Authority==
 
==Authority==
The commission's authority is established by the [[California Constitution]].<ref name="Section1">[http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/.const/.article_12 ''California Constitution'', "Article 12, Section 1," accessed June 30, 2011.]</ref>
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The commission's authority is established by the [[California Constitution]].<ref name="Section1">[http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/.const/.article_12 ''California Constitution'', "Article 12, Section 1," accessed June 30, 2011]</ref>
  
 
'''California Constitution, Article 12, Section 1'''
 
'''California Constitution, Article 12, Section 1'''
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==Qualifications==
 
==Qualifications==
The only unique requirement of public utilities commissioners is that they not have a financial interest in or official relation to any utility.<ref>[http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/displaycode?section=puc&group=00001-01000&file=301-327 ''California Public Utilities Code'', "Division 1, Part 1, Chapter 2, Section 303," accessed June 30, 2011.]</ref> However, commissioners must still satisfy the basic requirements for civil service employment in the state; he or she must be a resident of the state, at least 18 years of age, not a convicted felon, and not a member of the Communist Party or any other organization that advocates the overthrow of the U.S. government.<ref>[http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/displaycode?section=gov&group=01001-02000&file=1020-1042 ''California Government Code'', "Sections 1020-1042," accessed June 29, 2011.]</ref>
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The only unique requirement of public utilities commissioners is that they not have a financial interest in or official relation to any utility.<ref>[http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/displaycode?section=puc&group=00001-01000&file=301-327 ''California Public Utilities Code'', "Division 1, Part 1, Chapter 2, Section 303," accessed June 30, 2011]</ref> However, commissioners must still satisfy the basic requirements for civil service employment in the state; he or she must be a resident of the state, at least 18 years of age, not a convicted felon and not a member of the Communist Party or any other organization that advocates the overthrow of the U.S. government.<ref>[http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/displaycode?section=gov&group=01001-02000&file=1020-1042 ''California Government Code'', "Sections 1020-1042," accessed June 29, 2011]</ref>
  
 
==Appointments==
 
==Appointments==
Commissioners are appointed by the [[California Governor|governor]] to six year terms with the approval of the [[California State Senate|state Senate]]. However, the legislature is permitted to remove commissioners for "incompetence, neglect of duty, or corruption," by a vote of two-thirds of both houses.<ref name="Section1"/>
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Commissioners are appointed by the [[California Governor|governor]] to six-year terms with the approval of the [[California State Senate|state Senate]]. However, the legislature is permitted to remove commissioners for "incompetence, neglect of duty, or corruption," by a vote of two-thirds of both houses.<ref name="Section1"/>
  
 
'''California Constitution, Article 12, Section 1'''
 
'''California Constitution, Article 12, Section 1'''
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==Duties==
 
==Duties==
The commission is responsible for making and enforcing regulation of the state's public utilities, which include electric, natural gas, telecommunications, water, railroad, rail transit and passenger transportation companies. The commission's role is quasi-executive, in that it enforces regulations, quasi-legislative in that it makes them, and quasi-judicial in that it holds hearings and receives testimony on potential regulatory rulings.
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The commission is responsible for making and enforcing regulation of the state's public utilities, which include electric, natural gas, telecommunications, water, railroad, rail transit and passenger transportation companies. The commission's role is quasi-executive in that it enforces regulations, quasi-legislative in that it makes them, and quasi-judicial in that it holds hearings and receives testimony on potential regulatory rulings.
  
The Public Utilities Commission must approve all rate changes, enforces consumer protection and safety laws, investigates complaints or issues concerning public utilities providers. The commission also employees a number of administrative law judges who rule on regulatory matters, facilitate "alternative dispute resolution," and conduct hearings on the commission's rulings or policies.<ref>[http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/PUC/aboutus/ ''California Public Utilities Commission'', "About Us," accessed July 7, 2011.]</ref>
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The Public Utilities Commission must approve all rate changes, enforces consumer protection and safety laws, investigates complaints or issues concerning public utilities providers. The commission also employees a number of administrative law judges who rule on regulatory matters, facilitate "alternative dispute resolution," and conduct hearings on the commission's rulings or policies.<ref>[http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/PUC/aboutus/ ''California Public Utilities Commission'', "About Us," accessed July 7, 2011]</ref>
  
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==Divisions==
 
==Divisions==
 
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*Information and Management Serices
 
*Information and Management Serices
 
*Policy & Planning
 
*Policy & Planning
*Ratepayer Advocates<ref>[http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/PUC/aboutus/orgcharts.htm ''California Public Utilities Commission'', "CPUC Organization Charts," accessed July 7, 2011.]</ref>
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*Ratepayer Advocates<ref>[http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/PUC/aboutus/orgcharts.htm ''California Public Utilities Commission'', "CPUC Organization Charts," accessed July 7, 2011]</ref>
 
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==State budget==
 
==State budget==
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:: ''See also: [[California state budget and finances]]''
 
The budget for the California Public Utilities Commission in the 2012-2013 Fiscal Year was $1,439,027,000.<ref>[http://www.ebudget.ca.gov/2012-13-EN/Enacted/StateAgencyBudgets/0010/agency.html ''California Department of Finance,'' "Enacted Budget FY 2012-2013," accessed May 28, 2013]</ref>
 
The budget for the California Public Utilities Commission in the 2012-2013 Fiscal Year was $1,439,027,000.<ref>[http://www.ebudget.ca.gov/2012-13-EN/Enacted/StateAgencyBudgets/0010/agency.html ''California Department of Finance,'' "Enacted Budget FY 2012-2013," accessed May 28, 2013]</ref>
  
 
==Compensation==
 
==Compensation==
In 2010, the commissioner received compensation in the amount of $137,100.<ref>[http://knowledgecenter.csg.org/drupal/system/files/Table_4.11.pdf ''Council of State Governments'', "Book of the States 2010 -- Table 4.11," accessed June 23, 2011.]</ref> The secretary's salary, like that of all other non-elected executive department heads, is determined by Section 11550 of California's Government Code and is subject to annual increases.<ref>[http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/displaycode?section=gov&group=11001-12000&file=11550-11564.5 ''California Government Code'', "Section 11550," accessed June 29, 2011.]</ref>
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The commissioners salaries, like that of all other non-elected executive department heads, are determined by Section 11550 of California's Government Code and are subject to annual increases.<ref>[http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/displaycode?section=gov&group=11001-12000&file=11550-11564.5 ''California Government Code'', "Section 11550," accessed June 29, 2011]</ref>
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===2014===
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In 2014, the commissioners received a salary of $138,528, according to the [[Council of State Governments]].<ref>[http://knowledgecenter.csg.org/kc/system/files/4.11%202014.pdf ''Council of State Governments,'' "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," accessed November 14, 2014]</ref>
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===2013===
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In 2013, the commissioners received [[Compensation of state executive officers|a salary of $138,528.]] This figure comes from the [[Council of State Governments]].<ref>[http://knowledgecenter.csg.org/kc/system/files/4.11_2013.pdf ''The Council of State Governments'', "Book of the States 2013, Table 4.11," accessed February 2, 2014]</ref>
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===2010===
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In 2010, the commissioners received compensation in the amount of $137,100.<ref>[http://knowledgecenter.csg.org/drupal/system/files/Table_4.11.pdf ''Council of State Governments,'' "Book of the States 2010 -- Table 4.11," accessed June 23, 2011]</ref>
  
 
==Historical officeholders==
 
==Historical officeholders==
There have been 88 California Public Utilities Commissions since 1911.<ref>[http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/NR/rdonlyres/3AB0E8AF-2B12-4FAA-A964-BA7B677E653B/0/130107_TermsofGovernorsandCommissionerssince1911.pdf ''California Public Utilities Commission,'' "Terms of Governors and Commissioners since 1911," accessed August 12, 2013]</ref>
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There have been 89 California Public Utilities Commissioners since 1911.<ref>[http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/NR/rdonlyres/3AB0E8AF-2B12-4FAA-A964-BA7B677E653B/0/130107_TermsofGovernorsandCommissionerssince1911.pdf ''California Public Utilities Commission,'' "Terms of Governors and Commissioners since 1911," accessed August 12, 2013]</ref>
  
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==See also==
 
==See also==
 
*[[Public Services Commissioner]]
 
*[[Public Services Commissioner]]
*[[Michael R. Peevey| Michael R. Peevey (president)]]
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*[[Energy policy in California]]
*[[Carla J. Peterman]]
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{{California elected executive}}
*[[Michel Peter Florio]]
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*[[Catherine J.K. Sandoval]]
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*[[Mark J. Ferron]]
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==External links==
 
==External links==
 
* [http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/puc/ California Public Utilities Commission]
 
* [http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/puc/ California Public Utilities Commission]

Latest revision as of 12:49, 9 April 2015

California Public Utilities Commission
General information
Office Type:  Nonpartisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012-2013 FY Budget:  $1,439,027,000
Total Seats:  5
Term limits:  None
Structure
Length of term:   6 years
Authority:  California Constitution, Article 12, Section 1
Leadership:  Michael Picker
Selection Method:  Appointed by governor
Other California Executive Offices
GovernorLieutenant GovernorSecretary of StateAttorney GeneralTreasurerAuditorControllerSuperintendent of Public InstructionAgriculture SecretaryInsurance CommissionerNatural Resources SecretaryIndustrial Relations DirectorPublic Utilities Commission
The California Public Utilities Commission is a quasi-executive agency in the California state government. The commission regulates the state's "privately owned electric, natural gas, telecommunications, water, railroad, rail transit, and passenger transportation companies."[1] The commission consists of five commissioners appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate. The administrative head of the commission is the executive director, who oversees day-to-day operations.

Current officeholders

The current commissioners are Michael Picker (president), Carla J. Peterman, Michel Peter Florio, Catherine J.K. Sandoval and Liane Randolph. Commissioners serve six-year terms.[2][3]

Authority

The commission's authority is established by the California Constitution.[4]

California Constitution, Article 12, Section 1

The Public Utilities Commission consists of 5 members appointed by the Governor and approved by the Senate, a majority of the membership concurring, for staggered 6-year terms. A vacancy is filled for the remainder of the term. The Legislature may remove a member for incompetence, neglect of duty, or corruption, two thirds of the membership of each house concurring.

Qualifications

The only unique requirement of public utilities commissioners is that they not have a financial interest in or official relation to any utility.[5] However, commissioners must still satisfy the basic requirements for civil service employment in the state; he or she must be a resident of the state, at least 18 years of age, not a convicted felon and not a member of the Communist Party or any other organization that advocates the overthrow of the U.S. government.[6]

Appointments

Commissioners are appointed by the governor to six-year terms with the approval of the state Senate. However, the legislature is permitted to remove commissioners for "incompetence, neglect of duty, or corruption," by a vote of two-thirds of both houses.[4]

California Constitution, Article 12, Section 1

The Public Utilities Commission consists of 5 members appointed by the Governor and approved by the Senate, a majority of the membership concurring, for staggered 6-year terms... The Legislature may remove a member for incompetence, neglect of duty, or corruption, two thirds of the membership of each house concurring.

Term limits

There are no term limits associated with the office of public utilities commissioner.

Vacancies

Vacancies are filled by gubernatorial appointment until the end of the term.[4]

California Constitution, Article 12, Section 1

[...] A vacancy is filled for the remainder of the term. [...]

Duties

The commission is responsible for making and enforcing regulation of the state's public utilities, which include electric, natural gas, telecommunications, water, railroad, rail transit and passenger transportation companies. The commission's role is quasi-executive in that it enforces regulations, quasi-legislative in that it makes them, and quasi-judicial in that it holds hearings and receives testimony on potential regulatory rulings.

The Public Utilities Commission must approve all rate changes, enforces consumer protection and safety laws, investigates complaints or issues concerning public utilities providers. The commission also employees a number of administrative law judges who rule on regulatory matters, facilitate "alternative dispute resolution," and conduct hearings on the commission's rulings or policies.[7]

Click here to view a larger-scale image of the California PUC Organizational Chart as of January 2013.

Divisions

  • Executive Office
  • News and Public Information
  • Consumer Service and Information
  • Governmental Affairs
  • Energy
  • Communications
  • Consumer Protection and Safety
  • Water
  • Legal
  • Administrative Law Judges
  • Information and Management Serices
  • Policy & Planning
  • Ratepayer Advocates[8]

State budget

See also: California state budget and finances

The budget for the California Public Utilities Commission in the 2012-2013 Fiscal Year was $1,439,027,000.[9]

Compensation

The commissioners salaries, like that of all other non-elected executive department heads, are determined by Section 11550 of California's Government Code and are subject to annual increases.[10]

2014

In 2014, the commissioners received a salary of $138,528, according to the Council of State Governments.[11]

2013

In 2013, the commissioners received a salary of $138,528. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[12]

2010

In 2010, the commissioners received compensation in the amount of $137,100.[13]

Historical officeholders

There have been 89 California Public Utilities Commissioners since 1911.[14]

List of Former Officeholders from 1911-Present
# Name Tenure
1 John Eshleman 1911-1915
2 Alex Gordon 1911-1919
3 H. D. Loveland 1911-1922
4 Max Thelen 1912-1918
5 O. Edgerton 1912-1921
6 Frank Devlin 1915-1921
7 Irving Martin 1919-1925
8 C.H. Rowell 1921-1923
9 H S. Benedict 1921-1923
10 E. Shore 1923-1925
11 T. Whittlesey 1923-1925
12 H. W. Brundige 1923-1927
13 Clyde L. Seavey 1923-1934
14 G. D. Squires 1925-1926
15 Ezra W. Decoto 1925-1931
16 Leon Whitsell 1925-1939
17 Thomas Louttit 1926-1931
18 William J. Carr 1927-1937
19 M. B. Harris 1931-1937
20 Wallace L. Ware 1933-1938
21 Frank R. Devlin 1934-1941
22 Ray C. Wakefield 1937-1941
23 Ray L. Riley 1937-1943
24 C. C. Baker 1938-1944
25 Justus F. Craemer 1939-1956
26 Franck Havenner 1941-1945
27 R. Sachse 1941-1945
28 Fred W. Clark 1943-1947
29 Ira H. Rowell 1944-1951
30 L. H. Anderson 1945-1946
31 Harold P. Huis 1945-1953
32 R. E. Mittelstaedt 1946-1954
33 Kenneth Potter 1947-1955
34 Peter E. Mitchell 1951-1968
35 Ray Untereiner 1954-1959
36 Rex Hardy 1955-1958
37 Matthew Dooley 1955-1961
38 C. Lyn Fox 1956-1963
39 Theodore Jenner 1958-1961
40 Everett McKeage 1959-1965
41 Frederick B. Holoboff 1961-1967
42 George Grover 1961-1967
43 William M. Bennett 1963-1969
44 W. Gatov 1965-1971
45 Fred P. Morrissey 1967-1969
46 William Symons, Jr. 1967-1979
47 John Vukasin, Jr. 1969-1974
48 Thomas Moran 1969-1975
49 Vernon Sturgeon 1969-1981
50 David W. Holmes 1971-1977
51 Robert McDavid 1974-1975
52 Leonard Ross 1975-1977
53 Robert Batinovich 1975-1979
54 Claire Dedrick 1977-1981
55 Richard Gravelle 1977-1982
56 John E. Bryson 1979-1982
57 Leonard Grimes Jr. 1979-1984
58 Priscilla Grew 1981-1986
59 Victor Calvo 1981-1987
60 Donald Vial 1982-1989
61 William Bagley 1983-1986
62 Frederick Duda 1984-1991
63 Stanley Hulett 1986-1988
64 G. Mitchell Wilk 1986-1991
65 John B. Ohanian 1987-1993
66 Patricia Eckert 1989-1995
67 Norman Shumway 1991-1995
68 Daniel Fessler 1991-1997
69 Jessie J. Knight, Jr. 1993-1999
70 P. Gregory Conlon 1993-1999
71 Josiah L. Neeper 1995-2001
72 Henry M. Duque 1995-2003
73 Richard A. Bilas 1997-2002
74 Joel Hyatt 1999
75 Carl Wood 1999-2005
76 Loretta Lynch 2000-2005
77 Geoffrey Brown 2001-2007
78 Michael R. Peevey 2002-
79 Susan Kennedy 2003-2005
80 Dian Grueneich 2005-2011
81 John Bohn 2005-2011
82 Rachelle Chong 2006-2010
83 Timothy Alan Simon 2007-2012
84 Nancy Ryan 2010-2011
85 Catherine J.K. Sandoval 2011-
86 Michel Peter Florio 2011-
87 Mark J. Ferron 2011-2014
88 Carla J. Peterman 2012-
89 Michael Picker 2014-

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Contact info

Physical office:
505 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: (415) 703-2782
Fax: (415) 703-1758

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