Legislators Slam California Public Utilities Commission For Undermining Attorney's General Investigation

December 02, 2017

NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit
By Jaxon Van Derbeken

The California Public Utilities Commission has secretly used millions in tax dollars to thwart a now stalled corruption probe into the agency, three public officials wrote in a strongly-worded letter sent Friday to the state’s Attorney General.

“We now know that the CPUC has been blocking your efforts at every turn,” Sen. Jerry Hill, Assemblyman Kevin Mullin and San Bruno Mayor Jim Ruane wrote to Xavier Becerra.

“CPUC’s lawyers have impeded your progress, refused to turn over documents, and filed motions to quash your search warrants,” their letter continued.

At issue is the state’s 2014 probe into apparent back-door communications between top commission and utilities officials, specifically Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas and Electric.