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January 28, 2000 | ELIZABETH DOUGLASS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The president of the state Public Utilities Commission is challenging a judge's decision to absolve Pacific Bell of deceptive advertising charges for its voicemail service and has asked the PUC to review the case. Richard Bilas, president of the five-member PUC, in a regulatory filing last week questioned an administrative law judge's Dec. 22 ruling that PacBell had not violated state law but must nevertheless take "remedial steps" to alleviate customer confusion over its voicemail pricing.
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February 28, 2002 | NANCY VOGEL and TIM REITERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
One of two Republicans on the California Public Utilities Commission resigned Wednesday for what he called health reasons and frustration with policy changes at the powerful agency. Richard A. Bilas, an economist appointed to the PUC by former Gov. Pete Wilson in 1997, will step down nine months before his term ends Dec. 31. His departure creates an opportunity for Gov.
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February 28, 2002 | NANCY VOGEL and TIM REITERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
One of two Republicans on the California Public Utilities Commission resigned Wednesday for what he called health reasons and frustration with policy changes at the powerful agency. Richard A. Bilas, an economist appointed to the PUC by former Gov. Pete Wilson in 1997, will step down nine months before his term ends Dec. 31. His departure creates an opportunity for Gov.
BUSINESS
January 28, 2000 | ELIZABETH DOUGLASS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The president of the state Public Utilities Commission is challenging a judge's decision to absolve Pacific Bell of deceptive advertising charges for its voicemail service and has asked the PUC to review the case. Richard Bilas, president of the five-member PUC, in a regulatory filing last week questioned an administrative law judge's Dec. 22 ruling that PacBell had not violated state law but must nevertheless take "remedial steps" to alleviate customer confusion over its voicemail pricing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 2001
The state Public Utilities Commission will review an order that has allowed construction of the Pasadena Blue Line to continue despite a dispute over street crossings. Earlier this month, agency board member Richard Bilas gave the builders of the line the right to begin laying track on streets and intersections along the 13.7-mile rail line. However, the PUC is not scheduled to complete a review of the crossings' safety until May.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 2001
The state Public Utilities Commission will review an order that has allowed construction of the Pasadena Blue Line to continue despite a dispute over controversial street crossings. Earlier this month, agency board member Richard Bilas gave the builders of the line the right to begin laying track on streets and intersections along the 13.7-mile rail line. However, the PUC is not scheduled to complete a review of the crossings' safety until May.
BUSINESS
January 3, 2002 | From Bloomberg News
Regulators kept in place a rate increase for customers of California's two largest utilities, units of PG&E Corp. and Edison International. The California Public Utilities Commission voted 4 to 1 to deny the request for a rehearing on the 2001 rate increase by the Utility Reform Network, a San Francisco-based consumer group, Commissioner Richard Bilas said. The commission did decide to hold a new hearing on the end of a rate freeze in place since 1998.
BUSINESS
November 1, 2000 | Elizabeth Douglass
A Public Utilities Commission member has proposed up to $10 million in fines for Pacific Bell involving a 3-year-old case about marketing and sales abuse. The latest fine proposal, by PUC member Richard Bilas, is one of three starkly different opinions under consideration by the commission, which is scheduled to vote on this matter Thursday.
BUSINESS
March 23, 2000 | ELIZABETH DOUGLASS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Exercising new powers for a California governor, Gov. Gray Davis on Wednesday named Loretta Lynch president of the California Public Utilities Commission, immediately replacing PUC Commissioner Richard Bilas. Bilas will remain on the five-member commission, which regulates the phone and energy industries as well as some transportation and water matters statewide.
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October 4, 1999 | Elizabeth Douglass
State legislators and the Public Utilities Commission will host a series of town hall-style meetings this week around Southern California to give the public a chance to discuss matters of concern that involve the PUC's jurisdiction--from area codes and telephone fees to energy competition and rates. Public meetings will be held simultaneously Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. in Torrance and Inglewood. The Torrance meeting will be hosted by state Sen.
BUSINESS
June 15, 2000 | From Bloomberg News
California lawmakers may prevent the state's three investor-owned utilities from buying power on open markets, reversing a ruling last week by state utility regulators. The state Senate's budget and fiscal review committee, led by Steve Peace (D-El Cajon) and James Brulte (R-Rancho Cucamonga), is expected to vote today on a paragraph inserted in a budget bill that would require utilities to continue buying electricity from the California Power Exchange, a state agency formed by regulators.
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December 8, 1999 | ELIZABETH DOUGLASS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State Public Utilities Commissioner Joel Hyatt, who built a reputation as a consumer advocate in just six months on the job, said he will quit his post in January. But Hyatt's replacement, Loretta Lynch, who currently serves as Gov. Gray Davis' director of the Office of Planning and Research, is expected to carry on Hyatt's role as a consumer advocate on the PUC. Hyatt's departure surprised many.
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