SAN FRANCISCO — For the first time in more than a decade, the California Public Utilities Commission is hosting the three-day annual meeting of the National Conference of Regulatory Attorneys in San Francisco. And attendees got more than they bargained for on Monday.
Frank Lindh, California Public Utilities Commission general counsel
Image: Jason Doiy/The Recorder
Frank Lindh, the CPUC’s embattled general counsel, surprised the crowd — and his own staff — with a speech about a “hypothetical” state utility regulator whose staff attorneys needed to learn a lesson about loyalty and good judgment.
On hand were regulators from around the country who watched as Lindh’s own staffers heckled him for what they saw as a veiled attack on his legal team. The tense scene offered a glimpse of the firestorm within the CPUC’s legal department as it deliberates the financial penalty against Pacific Gas & Electric Co. for its role in the deadly 2010 San Bruno explosion.
Lindh’s speech has ratcheted up tensions between the agency’s staff attorneys and Lindh and CPUC President Michael Peevey, according to interviews with CPUC attorneys and internal communications obtained by The Recorder
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