PUC Leader Critical Of San Bruno Officials, Email Shows

by Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times

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Two years after a deadly gas explosion in the Bay Area city of San Bruno, California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey described the city’s mayor as “emotional” and the city manager as “nuts,” according to emails newly released by the San Francisco utility giant Pacific Gas & Electric Co.

The Peevey comments are part of an internal memo sent to fellow executives by PG&E Vice President Brian Cherry, who has since been fired. Peppered by criticism, Peevey, 76, is ending 12 years as PUC president on Dec. 31 and not seeking a third term.

In the memo, Cherry recounted a meeting New Year’s Eve of 2012 at Peevey’s Sea Ranch vacation home on the rugged northern Sonoma County coast. The chat ended amicably, he said, “with a dram or two of Johnny Walker Blue Label whiskey.”

Neither Peevey nor a PUC spokeswoman would comment on the Cherry memo or its contents.

Cherry reported that much of the conversation that day focused on a PG&E gas rate case and blame for the September 2010 explosion of a natural gas transmission pipeline that killed eight people, injured 66 and leveled 38 homes in a San Bruno neighborhood, near San Francisco International Airport.

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