Two of the five member-California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) appointed to their spots early this year by Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday were confirmed by the state Senate for six-year terms. Michael Picker also was confirmed as CPUC president, and Liane Randolph as the CPUC's newest member. Picker had been appointed in 2014 to the commission, but late last year was re-appointed and named president to fill the role vacated in December by retiring regulatory panel head Michael Peevey. Picker has been a long-time adviser to Brown in each of his separate four-year stints as governor, and Randolph, an attorney, is a former chair of the California Fair Political Practices Commission (2003-2007).
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