Welcome to the April 2011 edition of the California Public Utilities Commission's (CPUC) eNewsletter, where you'll find information on our newest Commissioner, potential changes to the 408 area code, and more!


Commissioner Florio Continues Listening Tour

CPUC Commissioner Mike Florio has continued his “California Listening Tour” in order to hear directly from consumers about how regulatory policies impact their lives.

On February 22, 2011, Commissioner Florio met with representatives of diverse suppliers to hear their perspective of utility procurement.  Commissioner Florio has also met with Silicon Valley technology companies to hear how emerging technology firms are impacted by regulatory policy.  Commissioner Florio also visited the Inland Empire to hear what community leaders and local government have to say about CPUC regulation. 

Commissioner Florio’s Listening Tour began in February with meetings with customers in San Francisco, the South County Economic Development Council in Chula Vista, and the Western Power Trading Forum in San Diego.

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CPUC Welcomes New Commissioner Mark Ferron

The CPUC welcomed Mark Ferron as its newest Commissioner following his appointment by Governor Jerry Brown.

Commissioner Ferron currently is a senior partner at Silicon Valley Social Ventures and is a board fellow of the New Teacher Center. From 2001 to 2009 he worked as chief operating officer for the Global Markets Division of Deutsche Bank in London, where he had responsibility for all operational activities globally across fixed income, currency, commodity and equity markets. Before joining Deutsche Bank Commissioner Ferron was a vice president at Salomon Brothers from 1994 to 1996, and was a vice president at Bank of America from 1986 to 1994. Commissioner Ferron holds a B.A. in mathematics from the University of Notre Dame and a master's degree in economics from Stanford University.

Commissioner Ferron was welcomed to the CPUC by the staff and President Michael R. Peevey, Commissioner Timothy Alan Simon, Commissioner Mike Florio, and Commissioner Catherine J.K. Sandoval.

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CPUC Considering Changes for 408 Area Code

The CPUC in March held five Public Participation Meetings to obtain input from the public into whether the 408 area code should be geographically split, or whether an all services overlay should be added to the region.

Since 2000, the CPUC has employed a number of conservation methods to extend the life of the 408 area code, which covers primarily Santa Clara County. These methods have postponed the need for a new area code significantly. However, a new area code, 669, is necessary because all of the available three digit numbers combined with 408 are expected to be assigned by the fourth quarter of 2012.

The North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA) will submit an application to the CPUC for the new area code recommending the industry-desired solution. In response to NANPA’s application, the CPUC will open a proceeding, consider the information presented by NANPA and comments from the public, and issue a Proposed Decision calling for a split or an overlay for Commissioner vote. After the CPUC has made its decision, service providers are required to implement the new area code within a specified period, which can be six months to one year.

The CPUC considers comments made by the public up until the Proposed Decision is voted on by the CPUC’s Commissioners. The public is encouraged to voice their opinion either by:

* Telephone to the area code hotline at (866) 340-6147

* Online form

* Email

* Letter to CPUC, Public Advisor, 320 W. 4th St., Suite 500, Los Angeles, CA 90013.

For more information, please see the CPUC’s website.

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