November 24, 2021
Weideman Group Weekly


New CPUC President

Governor Newsom has named Alice Reynolds to succeed Marybel Batjer as President of the California Public Utilities Commission. Reynolds has been a senior energy and climate advisor to both Governor Newsom and Governor Brown since 2017 and previously worked at the California Environmental Protection Agency. She takes over the role from current President Marybel Batjer who has held the position since 2019 and will be stepping away from the CPUC at the end of the year. Weideman Group enjoys a strong relationship with Reynolds and looks forward to working with her in her new role.

In Full Swing

Offices of the Governor and Legislature that are housed in the State Capitol building are packing up and moving to the “swing space” that they’ll call home until at least 2025 while the Capitol is renovated and modernized. The swing space is located a block away from the Capitol on O Street, wedged between the Legislative Office Building and the Secretary of State. Legislators and their staff have expressed frustration that the annex office spaces are very small, there is not appropriate space for private meetings, and the building was not constructed to support Legislative activity. More information on the annex project can be found here.

Movers & Shakers

Assembly Speaker pro Tempore Kevin Mullin announced he will be running for the U.S. House of Representatives. The Mullin news comes after Congresswoman Jackie Speier announced she will not be seeking another term. Mullin is a former aide of Speier who has been a mentor to him. San Mateo County Supervisor David Canepa has also declared a run for the open seat. 

The California Labor Federation, the largest labor organization in California, has taken a non-binding vote to recommend Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez as its next leader. Art Pulaski, the current leader, must first step down before Gonzalez could take the reins, which could happen around the time the Labor Fed will hold its annual convention in July.