Jerry Hill to stage event before CPUC fundraiser 

State Assemblymember Jerry Hill is cementing his role as a thorn in the side of the California Public Utilities Commission.

Hill, D-San Mateo, is planning to hold a “media availability” at 4 p.m. Thursday on the steps of the state office building in San Francisco to comment on the inaugural fundraising dinner to be held tonight for the CPUC Foundation. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that utilities have bought $20,000 tables to the dinner.

Hill has been sharply critical of state regulators in the wake of the Sept. 9 San Bruno pipeline explosion, lambasting the commission for having a “culture of complacency” and a “cozy relationship” with the utilities it is supposed to be regulating. The utilities include Pacific Gas and Electric Co., which owns the natural gas pipeline that exploded.

Funds raised at the foundation’s 6 p.m. dinner at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in the Financial District will reportedly be used to “brush up the commission’s image” and other activities not covered by the commission’s budget, according to Hill’s office.



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