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2006 — CPUC Press Release Re Annual Diversity Hearing. In Attendance: Geoffrey F. Brown,Willie Brown, Martha Escutia, Gwen Moore, Michael Peevey, Dian Grueneich, Peter Arth

CPUC 2006 press release, below.  Related story, please visit http://tinyurl.com/someotherdude

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Terrie Prosper, 415.703.1366, news@cpuc.ca.gov

PUC ANNUAL DIVERSITY HEARING FOCUSES ON EXPANDING CONTRACTING OPPORTUNITIES IN LEGAL AND FINANCIAL SERVICES

Honorable Willie L. Brown, Jr. to Give Keynote Address at
Keeping California First in Diversity: Raising the Bar

SAN FRANCISCO, September 21, 2006 – The California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) will hold its Fourth Annual Diversity Hearing, “Keeping California First in Diversity: Raising the Bar,” on Tuesday, October 3, 2006, featuring a keynote address from the Honorable Willie L. Brown, Jr.

The event will focus on ways to increase contracting opportunities between utilities and women, minority, and disabled veteran-owned businesses, specifically in the areas of financial, legal, architectural, and engineering services. The hearing will assess the status of diversity in procurement practices and identify areas for improvement. The Commission will frame the issues and seek feedback from participants to describe challenges and propose solutions. The event is free and a session for public comment will be included.

WHEN: Tuesday, October 3, 2006, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Hiram Johnson State Building

Milton Marks Auditorium

455 Golden Gate Ave., San Francisco

WHO: PUC Commissioners; the Honorable Willie L. Brown, Jr.; Senator Martha M. Escutia, Chair, Senate Energy Utilities and Communication Committee and Chair, California Latino Legislative Caucus; Gwen Moore, President and CEO of GeM Communications Group and Former Member of the California State Assembly; CEOs, CFOs, and General Counsels (or their designees) from California’s largest utilities; and others – please see agenda below.

Please join us and register online at http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/events/RegisterIntro.asp?EventID=10.

If you need special accommodations for this public meeting, please make a request through the Public Advisor’s Office by Sept. 28, 2006, by sending an email to public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov or by calling 415-703-2074 (TTY 866-836-7825 or 415-703-5282), or by faxing to 415-703-1758 (please include “Attention Public Advisor”).

For more information, please contact Sheri Boles, Assistant Public Advisor, at 415-703-2442 or sni@cpuc.ca.gov.

For more information on the Commission’s Utility Supplier Diversity Program, please visit http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/static/supplierdiversity/index.htm.

For more information on the PUC, please visit www.cpuc.ca.gov.

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Tentative Agenda

California Public Utilities Commission’s

Fourth Annual Diversity Public Hearing

“Keeping California First in Diversity: Raising the Bar”

Tuesday, October 3, 2006

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hiram Johnson State Building

Milton Marks Auditorium

455 Golden Gate Ave., San Francisco

9 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks

Michael R. Peevey, CPUC President

Senator Martha M. Escutia, Chair, Senate Energy Utilities and Communication Committee and Chair, California Latino Legislative Caucus

Gwen Moore, President and CEO of GeM Communications Group and

Former Member of the California State Assembly (1978-1994)

John Bohn, CPUC Commissioner

Geoffrey F. Brown, CPUC Commissioner

Rachelle Chong, CPUC Commissioner

Dian M. Grueneich, CPUC Commissioner

9:25 a.m. CPUC Staff Update and New Endeavors

Steve Larson, CPUC Executive Director

Linda Serizawa, CPUC Director, Consumer Service and Information Division

Utility Supplier Diversity Program

Language Access Services

Focus: Financial, Legal, Architectural, and Engineering Services

9:40 a.m. California Utilities Diversity Council (CUDC) Report

Introduction

José L. Pérez, Publisher, Latino Journal, CUDC Chair

Procurement

Joan Kerr, Executive Director, Supplier Diversity, AT&T, CUDC Member

Philanthropy

José L. Pérez, Publisher, Latino Journal, CUDC Chair

Customer Service and Marketing

Nancy Zarenda, Director, Spanish Language Academy (Rio International

Language Services), CUDC Vice-Chair

Governance

Frank Quevedo, Vice President, Southern California Edison, CUDC Member

Employment

Steve Leder, Director, Professional Staffing and Diversity, Pacific Gas and

Electric Company, CUDC Member

10:25 a.m. Keeping California First in Diversity: Raising the Bar

Alan J. Fohrer, Chief Executive Officer, Southern California Edison

Edwin A. Guiles, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Sempra Energy (San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Gas Company)

Tom King, Chief Executive Officer, Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Timothy McCallion, President – West Region, Verizon

Melba Muscarolas, Vice President and General Manager – San Francisco

Market Area, AT&T

11:15 a.m. Introduction of Keynote Speaker

Michael R. Peevey, CPUC President

11:20 a.m. Keynote Speaker

Honorable Willie L. Brown, Jr., The Willie L. Brown, Jr. Institute on Politics

and Public Service

11:50 a.m. Lunch

Provided by the Latino Journal, a magazine dedicated to public policy and

government from a Latino perspective

12:35 p.m. Legal Services – Panel Discussion: Strategies to increase business with diverse law firms, overcome impediments, and achieve long-term goals

Facilitator: Peter Arth, Jr., Chief of Staff to CPUC President Peevey

Elaine M. Duncan, Vice President, General Counsel – West Region, Verizon

Sanford Hartman, Vice President and Managing Director, Law, Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Stephen E. Pickett, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Southern

California Edison

Sandra Sakamoto, General Attorney and Assistant General Counsel, AT&T

W. Davis Smith, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Sempra Energy (San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Gas Company)

Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Sempra Energy Utilities

1:35 p.m. Financial Services – Panel Discussion: Strategies to increase business with diverse financial institutions, overcome impediments, and achieve long-term goals

Facilitator: Peter Arth, Jr., Chief of Staff to CPUC President Peevey

Chris Johns, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer,

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Joan T. Jones, Vice President – Finance and Treasurer, Sempra Energy

(San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Gas Company)

Lori Lee, Vice President – Finance, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer, AT&T

Terri L. Maria, Director, Financial Planning and Analysis – West Region, Verizon

Henry Mendoza, Chairperson, California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce

Managing Partner, Mendoza Berger Company, L.L.P.

Thomas M. Noonan, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer,

Southern California Edison

California Public Employees’ Retirement System Representative (INVITED)

2:50 p.m. Statewide Small Business Expos

John Bohn, CPUC Commissioner

3 p.m. The Greenlining Institute Report

Paul H. Turner, Senior Program Manager, Claiming Our Democracy

The Greenlining Institute

3:10 p.m. Public Comment

3:30 p.m. Closing Remarks

Michael R. Peevey, CPUC President

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