Gino DiCaro

CPUC Office of Econ Development Chief Named

By Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications

Capitol Update, April 20, 2003 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Timothy Sullivan, a veteran staffer at the California Public Utilities Commission, has been appointed as interim director of the CPUC's new Office of Economic Development.

Sullivan is an interim adviser to Commissioner Susan Kennedy. He previously served as adviser to former Commissioner Henry Duque and as a regulatory analyst at the Office of Ratepayer Advocates.

The announcement of Sullivan's appointment comes more than three months after Governor Gray Davis unveiled plans for the new CPUC office, which will consider the impact of CPUC proceedings and decisions on job creation and economic growth, during his State of the State Address in January.

The establishment of the new office comes not a minute too soon. The general weakness in the manufacturing sector in California has been exacerbated by the burden of skyrocketing energy costs. A report prepared for CMTA by the Milken Institute ("Manufacturing Matters") indicates that California has lost 278,000 manufacturing jobs since January, 2001, or 16 percent of the manufacturing workforce. The new office should help shine a light on and provide closer scrutiny of the impact of CPUC actions on manufacturing and the economy as a whole.
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