Guest commentary: California Public Utilities Commission needs oversight

Saturday, July 11, 2015

I have seen the peril of flawed oversight.

I represent the city of Bell, which once was considered ground zero for government corruption. City bureaucrats routinely exceeded their job mandates and misused public funds for personal gain. The City Council, meanwhile, fell asleep at the wheel by neglecting to conduct stringent oversight and sometimes even participating in the unseemly activities.

Voters have since replaced those corrupt officials with a new group of reform-minded public servants, but public mistrust of government lingers.