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PUC commissioner Michael Picker is determined to push safety agenda
PUC commissioner Michael Picker is determined to push safety agenda

A new face showed up early this year on the steps of the California Public Utilities Commission in San Francisco, where officials regulate the state's corporate electric and gas utilities and other services. Handing out orange leaflets was not some angry protester. It was the just-appointed member of the five-person commission, Democrat Michael Picker, 62, of Sacramento, a former energy aide to Govs. Jerry Brown and Arnold Schwarzenegger. "Safety does not happen by accident," the flier read. "If you see a safety hazard and don't think it has received attention, call or text Michael Picker at 916.425.2131." Appointed Jan. 29 by Brown to serve the last 11...

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