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State utility regulators to focus on safety after lapses
State utility regulators to focus on safety after lapses

SACRAMENTO — Amid safety lapses across California, state regulators are getting tough with the state's power companies. And leading the charge is Michael Picker, who was named by Gov. Jerry Brown this week to be president of the powerful California Public Utilities Commission. Picker vowed to make public safety his priority. He said that as head of the 1,000-person agency based in San Francisco, he would move quickly to create a PUC field investigative team and to designate an internal safety advocate as well as external advisors, possibly from the University of California. Since he was first appointed to the five-member PUC almost a year ago, Picker has taken a leading role...

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