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CA Governor Names New CPUC President

March 27, 2000
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CA Governor Names New CPUC President

Exercising a new prerogative created by a state law passed last year, California Gov. Gray Davis last week named one of his close advisers and newest regulators, attorney Loretta Lynch, to be president of the five-member California Public Utilities Commission, which oversees the restructuring of the energy industries, along with telecommunications, water, trucking and public transportation.

Lynch is one of two Davis appointees currently on the regulatory body, having begun late last year after the sudden resignation of an earlier Davis appointee, Joel Hyatt. She replaces Richard Bilas, an economist and appointee of former Gov. Pete Wilson. Bilas, a former state college economics professor and state energy commissioner, has served as president since January 1998.

Lynch, whose CPUC term runs through 2004, previously headed Gov. Davis' Office of Planning and Research in Sacramento, an agency that kept close track of CPUC matters. For an interim, one-meeting basis she had served last June on the CPUC before Hyatt and another Davis appointee, Carl Wood, were named to the commission.

With a majority of three Wilson-appointed commissioners, the CPUC is not expected to make any significant changes. However, one of the Republican appointees' terms concludes the end of this year, so observers speculate there could be a shift in some policies starting next year when a majority of the commissioners will be Davis people.

Richard Nemec, Los Angeles

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