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State PUC stumbles again in trying to cover for PG&E

Monday, June 17, 2013

The state Public Utilities Commission just can’t get out of its own way when it comes to being a PG&E lapdog. After removing its own team of lawyers from the PG&E San Bruno sanctions case at a critical moment after they apparently wouldn’t go along with a scheme to “punish” the utility in a way that would have given it a huge tax break, the PUC brass put out the story that the four lawyers had asked to be re-assigned. But as the Chronicle reports over the weekend, one of those lawyers, Harvey Morris, angrily says that isn’t so and has asked PUC officials to cease defaming him and the others by claiming they’d voluntarily left the case. Ouch.

Of the two PUC officials responsible for putting out the story the subjects say isn’t true, one of them, Frank Lindh, its general counsel, is . . . a former PG&E lawyer.

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