Re "Utilities panel welcomes Picker, bids Ferron well" (Editorials, Feb. 10): Efforts made in the past to better coordinate the functions of state government concerning energy policy and regulation have stumbled on the constitutional authority of the Public Utilities Commission and the consequent high hurdle to making a change.
There are long established constituencies that have come to terms with the present structure of utility and energy regulation that naturally tend to resist change. However, there is one way to promote reform that does not require a constitutional amendment.
That is to move the PUC headquarters to Sacramento. There would be short term cost and dislocation. But the co-location of the Public Utilities Commission and the California Energy Commission and to the governor's dffice and Legislature could, over time, produce much of the reform that it likely to be impossible to achieve via legislation or a constitutional amendment.
-- Taylor Miller, Sacramento