• Michael Picker, President of the California Public Utilities Commission

    **Please note: This luncheon will be held at 1231 I Street**
    Michael Picker, president of the California Public Utilities Commission, joined the Sacramento Press Club as speaker on Monday, June 20.
    Picker is serving the PUC at a time when the commission is under fire for a series of disasters, including the San Bruno gas line explosion, closure of the San Onofre nuclear power plant due to leaks, and most recently the four-month gas well leak at Porter Ranch that forced thousands of residents to relocate. The commission is facing criticism and investigations into its close relations with the companies it regulates. Lawmakers are debating a range of measures that would change the rules for the appointed commission, from a bill to eliminate closed-door talks between commissioners and those it regulates to a constitutional amendment to reboot the commission from top to bottom.

    Gov. Jerry Brown (D) appointed Picker to the PUC in January 2014, and elevated him to president in December 2014. He previously served as senior advisor for renewable energy in the Brown administration from 2009 to 2014, was a principal at Lincoln Crow Strategic Communications from 2000 to 2009, and served as deputy treasurer in the Office of the California State Treasurer from 1998 to 1999.

    Picker is a former lecturer at UCLA’s Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning, and instructor at Occidental College’s Urban and Environmental Policies Institute. He holds an MBA from UC Davis, specializing in marketing, social marketing, and nonprofit management.

    About the lunch:
    Date: Monday, June 20
    Time: 11:30 registration opens, lunch 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    Where: State Building & Construction Trades Council of California, 1231 I Street, Third Floor
    The online RSVP deadline has closed. Luncheon entry can be purchased at the door.
    Cost: $29 members/$40 non-members

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