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August 20, 2007 | Jon Thurber, Times Staff Writer
Sylvia Siegel, a pioneering consumer advocate in California who bedeviled both the state's public utilities and the Public Utilities Commission as the founder of the San Francisco-based group TURN, has died. She was 89. Siegel died Saturday morning at a nursing home in Mill Valley, Calif., said her daughter Polly. She had been in failing health for some time.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 2007 | Jon Thurber, Times Staff Writer
Sylvia Siegel, a pioneering consumer advocate in California who bedeviled both the state's public utilities and the Public Utilities Commission as the founder of the San Francisco-based group TURN, has died. She was 89. Siegel died Saturday morning at a nursing home in Mill Valley, Calif., said her daughter Polly. She had been in failing health for some time.
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BUSINESS
July 29, 1989 | BRUCE KEPPEL, Times Staff Writer
A reporter once asked consumer advocate Sylvia Siegel if she ever smiles. Siegel, whose no-nonsense demeanor masks an acute wit, frowned. "Of course," she replied. "Then smile," the reporter suggested. Siegel's face darkened. "I am," she said. That scene took place after Siegel had won a partial victory against Pacific Gas & Electric before the California Public Utilities Commission.
NEWS
March 2, 1992 | CARL INGRAM
Senate Democrats had Gov. Pete Wilson right where they wanted him. They blamed the Republican governor for robbing their political futures and he needed their votes to confirm an important appointment--Wilson's nominee for a spot on the powerful Public Utilities Commission. Perfect opportunity for revenge. Vote down the confirmation of ex-Rep. Norman Shumway--a conservative Republican at that--and hand Wilson a humiliating political defeat.
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March 2, 1992 | CARL INGRAM
Senate Democrats had Gov. Pete Wilson right where they wanted him. They blamed the Republican governor for robbing their political futures and he needed their votes to confirm an important appointment--Wilson's nominee for a spot on the powerful Public Utilities Commission. Perfect opportunity for revenge. Vote down the confirmation of ex-Rep. Norman Shumway--a conservative Republican at that--and hand Wilson a humiliating political defeat.
NEWS
August 21, 2007
Siegel obituary: The obituary of consumer advocate Sylvia Siegel in Monday's California section stated that she was born Sheila Marrich in Detroit. In fact, she was born Sylvia Dorothy Marrich.
NEWS
August 21, 1987
Nine women will be honored for their contributions to the advancement of the status of women at the Women of Achievement luncheon of Women For: at noon Sept. 16 in the Crystal Room of the Beverly Hills Hotel. Honorees will be attorney Gloria Allred; Jo Caines, director of community relations, KOCE-TV; actress Susan Clark; Laura Lake, professor, UCLA School of Public Health; cinematographer Brianne Murphy; businesswoman Laura Balverde-Sanchez; consumer specialist Sylvia M.
NEWS
February 12, 1992 | From a Times Staff Writer
A state Senate committee controlled by Democrats recommended confirmation Tuesday of former Republican Rep. Norman Shumway to the state Public Utilities Commission. Shumway received an unexpected endorsement before the Senate Rules Committee by Sylvia Siegel, 73, a consumer champion of California utility rate regulation for almost 20 years until her retirement a year ago.
BUSINESS
August 14, 1985 | BRUCE KEPPEL, Times Staff Writer
A San Francisco-based consumer organization said Tuesday that it will appeal a Public Utilities Commission ruling last week postponing for a year, until 1988, the next scheduled review of General Telephone of California's rates. The group, Toward Utility Rate Normalization (TURN), said the delay could benefit the Santa Monica-based company at the expense of its customers by shielding it from regulatory scrutiny for four years. Its most recent rate increase was in 1984.
BUSINESS
April 26, 1995 | MARTHA GROVES
The outspoken executive director of consumer group Toward Utility Rate Normalization plans to resign effective July 31. Audrie Krause, 47, a former reporter for the Fresno Bee, said she will look for a new job while serving as a consultant to TURN through year's end. "Careerwise, this is a good time to be thinking about moving on," she said.
BUSINESS
July 29, 1989 | BRUCE KEPPEL, Times Staff Writer
A reporter once asked consumer advocate Sylvia Siegel if she ever smiles. Siegel, whose no-nonsense demeanor masks an acute wit, frowned. "Of course," she replied. "Then smile," the reporter suggested. Siegel's face darkened. "I am," she said. That scene took place after Siegel had won a partial victory against Pacific Gas & Electric before the California Public Utilities Commission.
BUSINESS
October 30, 1987 | BRUCE KEPPEL, Times Staff Writer
Pacific Bell said Thursday that it will abandon controversial and costly "leadership-development" sessions, which some critics dubbed "mind-changing," in favor of more traditional employee training. "We tried to do too much too fast," President Philip Quigley conceded in announcing an end to the program, which also is known as "Krone" or "Kroning" after its founder Charles Krone, a management consultant in Carmel, Calif.
NEWS
April 16, 1986 | BRUCE KEPPEL, Times Staff Writer
Bowing to complaints, Pacific Bell dropped its plan Tuesday to sell lists of its residential telephone customers and their addresses to direct-marketing firms. "One of the reasons we proposed list-rental service was because we felt it would benefit the consumer in the long run," said Jerry Abercrombie, director of information resource products for the phone company.
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