Toni Atkins

State senators say utility regulators must restore trust

A California Senate panel gave narrow approval Wednesday to Gov. Jerry Brown's two recent appointees to a powerful utilities commission after imploring them to restore public trust in an agency that's been damaged by scandals and environmental disasters, including the largest-known methane gas leak in U.S. history.

"You're getting out by the skin of your teeth right now," Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de Leon said after the five-member Senate Rules Committee voted 3-0 to send the nominees to the full Senate. He abstained from voting alongside Republican Sen. Anthony Cannella.

Commissioners Clifford Rechtschaffen and Martha Guzman Aceves acknowledged the...

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