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Gov. Brown names Commissioner Michael Picker president of PUC
Gov. Brown names Commissioner Michael Picker president of PUC

Moving to limit fallout from a growing scandal at the California Public Utilities Commission, Gov. Jerry Brown named his former renewable energy advisor, Michael Picker, as the new president of the powerful regulatory agency. The governor also chose Liane Randolph, 49, general counsel at the California Natural Resources Agency, to fill Picker's former seat on the five-member PUC, which has far-reaching powers over the rates and policies of the state's private electric and natural gas power companies and other public utilities. In recent months, the commission has been blasted by lawmakers, consumer groups and city officials for its cozy relations with industry, its safety...

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