California’s public-utility auctions have been touted as a way to boost the state’s economy, but critics say they are rife with potential conflicts of interest.
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“It’s a huge amount of money that is going to a private entity,” said Jennifer Hepler, the state program manager for the American Legislative Exchange Council, which works to overturn laws.
“And it’s a really, really big deal.
It’s going to the private interests who have interests that they want to see.”
A lot of the time, these auctions are set up by a private company.
When the private company takes the auction, it can take a portion of the money and funnel it into the state treasury, which is usually used for other purposes.
In the event that the state ends up losing the public-sector contracts, the private entity can use that money to pay its employees, which will have a financial impact on the state.
In the end, that money can be used for public-health or education projects.
The California Public Utilities Commission regulates these auctions, but some of the more notable examples have been the public utility-as-part-of-government auctions that took place at the Los Angeles County Public Utilities commission in 2015 and 2016.
A state agency, the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC), also oversees public-revenue-raising auctions.
The CPUC has taken steps to limit conflicts of interests, such as prohibiting employees from participating in auctions, and has established an ethics committee that reviews the work of CPUC employees.
But even though the state agency has set up a process to ensure that public-private partnerships work as intended, it is still very much a public-government entity.
That means that the CPUC can take money that the private entities are supposed to have used for their public services and use it for its own purposes.
“If there’s a conflict of interest, the CPUCA’s job is to investigate it,” said Lisa Harkins, a senior attorney at the California Law Center to Prevent Government Overreach.
“But if there is no conflict of interests and there’s no public funds involved, then the CPUCC does not have to investigate.
The state can do whatever it wants.”
In addition to regulating these public-regional auctions, the Legislature has enacted laws to ensure the integrity of public-financing programs.
In 2016, for example, the legislature passed Assembly Bill 1701, which bans public agencies from using funds to benefit companies that have interests outside of their government responsibilities.
The law is currently awaiting approval by the governor.
Another example is SB 1385, which limits public agencies to using public funds for public employees’ personal use only.
That law, which was signed into law by Gov.
Gavin Newsom, was passed in February and took effect July 1.
The legislation also limits the use of state funds to the salaries of state employees, a provision that was enacted in 2015.
The Legislature has since added a third provision that limits the amount of public money that can be spent on the salaries and benefits of state workers.
All of this is important because the public money is supposed to be used to pay for essential services, like schools and transportation.
It also has the potential to create new revenue streams that can pay for education or health-care services.
The law has already spurred controversy.
A coalition of unions representing California’s state employees is challenging it in federal court.
“The law is going into effect with a clear intent to take money from California workers and funnel the money to private entities,” said J.K. McDaniel, the executive director of the California State Teachers Association, which represents public-school teachers.
“We think this is a big mistake, and we are going to be very aggressive in trying to overturn it.”
McDaniel also said that the law is “unnecessary and unconstitutional” and said that it “will hurt California workers, especially public-service workers.”
The Legislature has also taken steps that have made it difficult for public agencies like the CPUCs to keep their jobs.
The most recent budget bill passed by the Assembly included a provision to require public agencies that received federal contracts in fiscal year 2019 to disclose their contracts’ terms and conditions to the public.
The bill was approved by the Senate and is now on the Governor’s desk for his signature.
The state is also working to increase the number of public agencies and private companies participating in the public utilities auction process, but this has not yet been fully implemented.
In September, the Assembly passed a bill that would have required public utilities companies to submit contracts to the California Office of the Attorney General (COAG) by January 2021.
Even though the bill passed the Assembly, COAG officials have yet to formally send the COAG a proposal.
While there have been some successes in the fight against corruption, including the arrest of the alleged ring