Subcommittee On Gas And Electric Infrastructure Safety Meeting – “Improving Safety Oversight At The California Public Utilities Commission”

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Luke 17 (KJV):

Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come!

It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.

Jesus Christ

Flyer I handed out to Subcommittee attendees, the press and Assemblymembers.

Flyer I handed out to Subcommittee attendees, the press and Assemblymembers.

            This was the flyer that I had made prior to the Subcommittee meeting held on Monday, November 18th, 2013 and that I passed out afterwards. I made 32 of them and managed to hand all of them out. After the meeting, I was encouraged by two separate women who, after having heard me speak, offered their sincere words of encouragement with phrases like “I hope that you succeed” and “Good luck in your endeavors”.

Inside the Subcommittee meeting as it began.

Inside the Subcommittee meeting as it began. Subcommittee members from left to right are; Assemblymember Kevin Mullin, Assemblymember Steven Bradford and Subcommittee Chair, Senator Jerry Hill. They are listening to PG&E Director Mrs. Papia Gambelin whom was seated on the opposite end of the stage.

Subcommittee members from left to right are; Assemblymember Kevin Mullin, Assemblymember Steven Bradford and Subcommittee Chair, Senator Jerry Hill.

Subcommittee members from left to right are; Assemblymember Kevin Mullin, Assemblymember Steven Bradford and Subcommittee Chair, Senator Jerry Hill. That is KTVU Channel 2 news reporter Mr. Tom Vacar at the bottom left. STOP STARING AT ME ASSEMBLYMEMBER STEVEN BRADFORD, oh mighty and all powerful Chair Assembly of the Utilities & Commerce Committee! Don’t be afraid of little old me, I’m just a “truth seeker”. You might want to be wary of the ghost of Mrs. Greig though, I think she may be HAUNTING YOU!

PG&E Director of the Central Coast Region, Mrs. Papia Gambelin. I must say she seem very relaxed and at ease to supposedly be on the "hot seat".

PG&E Director of the Central Coast Region, Mrs. Papia Gambelin. I must say that she seemed very relaxed and at ease to supposedly be on the “hot seat”.

On the left is Dr. Don Arendt, Senior Technical Advisor for Safety Management for the Federal Aviation Administration Flight Standards Service. He gave a powerpoint presentation about the FAA's safety program and assistance to other entities in that regard. On the right is Professor Richard Callahan, Chair, Department of Public and Nonprofit Administration, University of San Francisco School of Management.

On the left is Dr. Don Arendt, Senior Technical Advisor for Safety Management for the Federal Aviation Administration Flight Standards Service. He gave a powerpoint presentation about the FAA’s safety program and assistance to other entities in that regard. On the right is Professor Richard Callahan, Chair, Department of Public and Nonprofit Administration, University of San Francisco School of Management. Sorry about the crappy picture quality, my camera is 10 years old.

On the left is Michel Peter Florio, a 30 year Commissioner with the CPUC. HE WAS VERY RELAXED and rather jovial. Strange huh? To his right is also a CPUC person, Mr. Brian Turner. Mr. Turner is the Deputy Executive Director for the CPUC.

On the left is Michel Peter Florio, a 30 year Commissioner with the CPUC. HE WAS VERY RELAXED and rather jovial. Strange huh? To his right is also a CPUC person, Mr. Brian Turner. Mr. Turner is the Deputy Executive Director for the CPUC. Mr. Florio’s mood changed drastically later on however, when both Senator Jerry Hill and Assembly Chair Steven Bradford started asking him a whole bunch of crazy questions about knives and swords. To read what happened with that, click on the picture to watch the Youtube video and read my description below. This is what happens when shadow government has it’s way folks, Alice In Wonderland time.

Wanna Be important Guy

This guy was some retired electrician and a current IBEW 1245 Union boss, or at least he claimed to be. I couldn’t find his name anywhere on the IBEW Local 1245 website. He was complaining about the safety of workers, workers being forced to falsify records and getting fired “in the field” when they do. Hey, I’m a grown man, if anybody tells me to do anything illegal about the only crime I might commit would be to pop them in the chops! “Forced” to falsify records, give me a break. I spoke to him after the meeting and he tried nine ways from Sunday to convince me that the San Bruno explosion was an accident. He seemed like a shill to me and I walked away while he was still talking.

Union boss, former electrician and now, a shill for PG&E. He tried to convince me that the explosion in San Bruno was a total "accident" by just shaking his head very unconvincingly, with no explanations when questioned. This whole thing was Kabuki.

Union boss (IBEW Local 1245), former electrician and now, a shill for PG&E. He tried to convince me that the explosion in San Bruno was a total “accident” by just shaking his head very unconvincingly, with no explanations when questioned. This whole thing was total Kabuki.

I think this guy was a former board member on some waste water management thing. Anyway, he was criticizing how CPUC commissioners were appointed from among the ranks of PG&E retired executives, and how PG&E's safety practices were imbecilic. How they knew it was time to replace a transformer only because it literally exploded or "blew up". He accused them of being a monopoly and unconcerned with accountability because of that.

I think this guy was a former board member on some waste water management thing. Anyway, he was criticizing how CPUC commissioners were appointed from among the ranks of PG&E retired executives, and how PG&E’s safety practices were imbecilic. How they knew it was time to replace a transformer only because it literally exploded or “blew up”. He accused them of being a monopoly and unconcerned with accountability because of that. Please take note of how the fat security lady is looking at me, they were all doing that (security), especially Assemblymember Steven Bradford (the black guy), who is Chair Assembly of the Utilities & Commerce Committee. Hmmm, now thats an interesting combo, Utilites AND Commerce Committee. I wonder how much of that $3 billion dollars Mrs. Jacqualine Greig saved the ratepayers, came from his pockets? Hmmm…

San Bruno City Manager Connie Jackson. Among other things, she was advocating for an independent monitor to watch over the CPUC concerning safety.

San Bruno City Manager Connie Jackson. Among other things, she was advocating for an independent monitor to watch over the CPUC concerning safety.

            At first, I did not know about the Subcommittee meeting being held at 10:00am in the State Of California Building, I had been attending a CPUC administrative hearing being held at 9:00am due to a news release published by the City Manager of San Carlos. You see, the only reason that I attempted to go to this CPUC administrative hearing at CPUC Headquarters is because I thought I had already missed the State Senate Subcommittee meeting which had been held in San Carlos with Senator Jerry Hill. What I didn’t know at the time was that there was an additional meeting scheduled just like the one already past, right here in San Francisco. It was a blessing that I just happened upon two helpful employees who had actually known the late Mrs. Greig.

This was the news release that mis-directed me to the CPUC administrative legal hearing instead of the "Big One".

This was the news release that mis-directed me to the CPUC administrative legal hearing instead of the “Big One”.

            Leading up to the administrative hearing misadventure, I had been angry and depressed because I had been purposely delayed by a group of “people” who are harassing me, and my internet service had been purposely severed for five days as well. I thought I had completely missed my one and only chance to speak out in San Carlos due to these reasons. So, I decided to salvage what little I could of the situation by at least attending the CPUC administrative hearing at CPUC Headquarters here in San Francisco, and that was really just a legal proceeding with a Judge, a bunch of lawyers and a PG&E utilities expert witness egghead  (engineer). It was only after having stood along the wall for forty minutes listening to the dry legal jargon there, that I decided maybe I should prepare to hand out my flyers when the time came. They have special rules at the CPUC about handing out flyers, holding up signs etc. due to constant public demonstrations and protests held there by activists like me. I then left the small auditorium and asked an employee outside where the permitted locations were so that I could hand out my flyers at the hearings conclusion.

             Once I showed the employee one of my flyers, he immeadiatly had a change of attitude (from professional to excited) and brought me to see his supervisor without saying another word. Since we were walking away from the auditorim, I became a little worried but soon was put at ease by his supervisor, who also became excited at the sight of the flyer. The supervisor then proceeded to launch into a personal story. He told me that he had known “Jackie” (as he referred to her) and her daughter Janessa very well and that both he and his wife cried profusely when they learned of their deaths. He also told me that he and his family attended the funeral and that it was very, very sad. It was at this point that, standing in front of this man whom I did not know, a total and perfect stranger, that I began to feel extremely humble. Up until this point you see, My pursuit of this issue had pretty much been just that, a somewhat detached moral compunction and was for the most part, necessarily intellectual. Now however, seeing this man and actually hearing the sadness and meloncholy in his voice as he spoke about his now deceased friend “Jackie”, her daughter Janessa and about how talented Janessa had been, that their kids had gone to school with her too, well, it suddenly became very real and very personal.

             I felt like I had been hit with a tonne of bricks. I was overcome with an unsettling and deep sense of both helplessness, reverence and sympathy. Above all, I was uterlly humbled. I felt so sorry for this man and how he and his family’s life had been impacted. I will also admit that for a minute or two, I felt like such a tresspasser, such an interloper. After all, who was I? I had never met any of these people, didn’t know them at all. Who was I to be doing such a thing? That feeling quickly passed however, as I saw the man’s attitude change from one of sadness to that of empowerment when he realized what I was doing. It was replaced by a powerfull sense of responsibility. I had to make sure that I did not let this man down, not to mention Mrs. Greig, her daughter Janessa and all of the other victims as well. The guy looked at me with such hope in his eyes that I felt like I had just been kicked. I am very grateful to those two employees for helping me, none of what you see below would have been available on this blog without their guidance. Thanks so very much guys. Thank you.

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            At the very bottom of this post is the Subcommittee Report that was given to each attendee before entering the meeting along with the above letters. The title is “Slow Progress Toward Safety” and is very critical of what the CPUC has failed to do to improve safety, three years after the explosion. Of course, in my opinion, CPUC policy implementation has little to do with the CPUC rank and file employees who themselves were not appointed by the Governer, such as the late Mrs. Greig. Responsibility for their failure rests at the top, those seated commission members who often have no prior experience related to the administration nor day to day operations of a utility regulatory agency. They usually don’t possess any meaningful training nor skills. As for myself, the Subcommittee report is by default only critical of the “Golden Parachute” bunch at the top.

            This is all just a giant “Red Herring” in my opinion anyway. Instead of focusing on safety (which the lack thereof was not the actual cause of the explosion), the emphasis should be on the intentional criminal murder of the late Mrs. Greig, her daughter Janessa PLUS, the eight other people who were all destroyed by fire. All of these self aggrandizing, sickeningly self promoting public relations hounds, these Senators and Assemblymembers with their “Subcommittees”, CPUC hearings and “Presstitute” media harems, butt kissing reporters (like Tom Vacar of KTVU Channel 2 news and Susan Kennedy of KCBS radio news) are nothing more than diversion and cover for PG&E.

Why both the prosecutor for San Mateo County, District Attorney Mr. Stephen M. Wagstaffe,

San Mateo County District Attorney Mr. Stephen M. Wagstaffe - The San Bruno explosion happened in his immediate jurisdiction. Click to see what he was supposed to do, the step by step proceedure his office claims to use to prosecute crimes, "Orientation to the Criminal Justice System". Humpf...!

San Mateo County District Attorney Mr. Stephen M. Wagstaffe – The San Bruno explosion happened in his immediate jurisdiction. Click to see what he was supposed to do, the step by step proceedure his office claims to use to prosecute crimes, “Orientation to the Criminal Justice System”. Humpf…!

      • Welcome

        Stephen M. Wagstaffe, District Attorney
        Karen Guidotti, Chief Deputy

        I am pleased that you have visited the San Mateo County District Attorney website. We in the District Attorney’s Office are committed to seek justice and accountability for all who violate the law in our county. We also seek to provide assistance for those victimized by criminals. Our efforts to achieve justice will continue to make San Mateo County as safe an environment as possible in which to live and work.”

nor California State Attorney General Ms. Kamala D. Harris pictured below

Kamala Harris - Spanish Speaking Council

California State Attorney General Kamal D. Harris at the El Concilio Spanish Speaking Council in January 2012.

are NOT WILLING TO FILE ANY CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST PG&E is beyond my understanding and reeks of both corruption and collusion. Two tiered justice in it’s most pure form. What morally valid reason could there possibly be for these prosecutors to just lay down on the job? Like spayed dogs before their master? I wonder what type of reward each was given for their complacency?

This is what California State Attorney General Kamala D. Harris’s office is supposed to be about;

      • Mission Statement

        It is our duty to serve our state and work honorably every day to fulfill California’s promise. The Attorney General and our Department’s employees provide leadership, information and education in partnership with state and local governments and the people of California to:

        • Enforce and apply all our laws fairly and impartially.
        • Ensure justice, safety, and liberty for everyone.
        • Encourage economic prosperity, equal opportunity and tolerance.
        • Safeguard California’s human, natural, and financial resources for this and future generations.

            After speaking, I asked Senator Hill & Assemblymember Steven Bradford how they were going to convince state and local prosecutors to charge PG&E with murder and returned to my seat. I was told by Senator Jerry Hill that the statute of limitations had just run out a month prior for both county prosecutor Wagstaffe and state prosecutor Harris and that the case was in the hands of the Federal Government, who have an additional two years to prosecute. I then shouted back from the audience “THERE IS NO STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS FOR MURDER, THERE IS NO STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS FOR MURDER!”, twice. Since when has there ever been a statute of limitations on MURDER?! As I have stated time and time again, precedent was set by the Scott Peterson murder case that yes, you can in fact be convicted of murder based purely on circumstantial evidence (no body nor direct physical evidence required) and sentenced to death. A jury of twelve is the fairest, most powerful instrument in the pursuit of justice and can do whatever it wants, despite what some corrupt Judge instructs. It’s called “Jury Nullification“.

            The reason that the law protects and justifies the impunity of a Jury is so that the people have the last word in how justice and our country is run, not wealthy corporations, corrupt bureaucrats and corrupt politicians. WE THE PEOPLE ARE SUPPOSED TO HAVE THE ULTIMATE AUTHORITY AND FINAL SAY, so that our mother’s and their babies don’t have to die at the hands of wanton criminals who only care about profits for shareholders.

            In the case of Peterson, the Jury decided that he was guilty based almost entirely upon the circumstantial evidence placed before it. Were PG&E to have it’s day in front of a similar impartial Jury, with all of the direct, hard physical evidence against them (not to mention all kinds of circumstantial evidence), I can’t see how any other verdict would be reached either.  PG&E will never be put in front of a Jury of twelve people in criminal court however, because they have paid exorbitant protection money to everyone concerned, including the two above. Apparently in “America“, you can pay your way out of murder.

            PG&E is responsible for the death of a child and nine adults, and not one single criminal charge is filed by either of these two?? How disgraceful. Shame on you Ms. Harris and shame on you Mr. Wagstaffe, for dereliction of duty and just being rotten human beings. You have motive (3 billion dollars), opportunity (duh, it exploded under her house) and many bodies. What more do you need?? They are going to wait for sooo long that the case will be as cold as those bodies and just as dead.

Welcome to the Senate Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications Website

Welcome page for the Senate Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications Website

            California State Senator Mr. Jerry Hill of the Thirteenth Senate District, Chairman of the “Subcommittee On Gas And Electric Infrastructure Safety” is also a member of the following committee, theSenate Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications. They meet every 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 9:30 A.M. in Room 3191 at the California State Capitol Building, Sacramento, CA 95814. Their phone number is (916) 651-4107. I just may hop on the “Gray Dog” one of these days and attend a meeting or two.

2013 Subcommittee report that was handed out just prior to the meeting and is critical of the CPUC. Entitled "Slow Progress Toward Safety:", click on the picture to download the actual report in .pdf format from the SEUC Senate website. Below is an explanation of the memorial to the late Mrs. Jacqueline Greig and her deceased thirteen year old daughter, Janessa.

2013 Subcommittee report that was handed out just prior to the meeting and is critical of the CPUC. Entitled “Slow Progress Toward Safety:”, click on the picture to download the actual report in .pdf format from the SEUC Senate website. Below is an explanation of the memorial for the late Mrs. Jacqueline Greig and her now deceased thirteen year old daughter, Janessa.

“ABOUT THE COVER: The bench and tree pictured on the cover, located in the northeast corner of the California Public Utilities Commission’s central courtyard, are memorials dedicated by Commission staff to the memory of the victims of the San Bruno explosion.”

“A plaque on the bench states,

Dedicated to those
who lost their lives
and all those forever touched
by the natural gas pipeline explosion
in San Bruno on September 9, 2010″

“The tree was dedicated specifically to the memory of Jacqueline Greig and her thirteen year-old daughter Janessa. Jacki had worked at the Commission for twenty-one years.”

“A plaque on the tree planter states;

In Memory of
our friend and colleague
Jacki Greig
and her daughter
Janessa
Never to be forgotten
September 9, 2010″

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