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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, March 11, 2015 7A Caltrans makes statewide changes to support accountability As part of its ongoing reform efforts -- including increased statewide accountability and transparency -- Caltrans has published new manager and employee handbooks and launched a 24-hour ethics hotline for all employees. "Caltrans is taking bold action to increase our performance and accountability across the board as we responsibly manage California's transportation assets," said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. "Consistent statewide policies help strengthen our organization and support the tremendous work of our public." The department policies cover issues such as health and safety, ethics, information technology and overtime. The department also released an updated hiring guide including mandatory procedures for checking references and personnel documents during the vetting process. The purpose of all these policies is to set consistent and predictable policies that help improve department performance statewide, said Dougherty. Starting last year, Caltrans has ramped up its ongoing effort to improve department performance, accountability and recently announced a new department-wide mission, vision and goals as part of its effort to modernize operations and improve performance and accountability. Caltrans also created a new OiTme of Enterprise Risk Management, which spearheaded a new 24-hour ethics helpline and a website for employees to report possible fraud, waste or abuse. In addition to these management improvements, Caltrans is also modernizing its transportation policies. Caltrans recently funded See Handbook, page 9A wear orange and display orange spoons that bear inspirational messages in recognition of Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week during their March 2 meeting. Melodie Bennett, nfu l of s upp ort ;emplyees who serve the communications. Caltrans ' M:b:;;o::lS:;tuim:; ST. PRTRICK5 DRY DINNER , St. John's Catholic Church t seated center, organized the event to support one of the group's members, Kim Carroll, who has been diagnosed with the disease. The spoons were transformed into a mirror to support Carroll when she needs encouragement. Bennett spearheaded the project after reading about "spoon theory," which one woman developed to share with friends how it feels to live with a chronic illness. Photo by Debra Moore Sunday, March 15 5 p.m., in the church hall on Lawrence Street. ; Adult tickets $12, children 10 years and under $5. Children under 5 years of age are free. Takeout is also available. ( Come and enjoy the best . Corned Beef and Cabbage ;  in the countyl  Tickets available from church members,  at the door, the rectory, 283-0890, _ -" " . , or Sharon Thou, 283-0138.  ', rY Buy your tickets early.  Lots of fun ... come join us! 4 NOTICE OF PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY'S REQUEST TO INCREASE YOUR RATES FOR COSTS RELATING TO DIABLO CANYON SEISMIC STUDIES AND RENEWABLES PORTFOLIO STANDARD (A,15-02-023) Summery On February 27, 2015, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (I&E)submitted an application to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) requesting to increase its electric rates effective January 1, 2016. This application requests approval to recover costs associated with two separate issues. 1. Seismic studies performed at Diablo Canyon Power Plant 2. Consultant fees incurred by the CPUC (as directed in the CPUC's Renewables Portfolio Standard) PG&E was directed by the CPUC to include the review, and recovery, of these costs in PG&E's annual Energy Resource Recovery Account (ERRA) compliance proceeding. Background The Diablo Canyon Power Plant (DCPP) seismic studies were conducted In response to both the California Energy Commission's recommendations and Nuclear Regulatory Commission licensing requirements. In Decisions 10-08-003 and 12-09-008, the CPUC approved PG&E's proposal for enhanced seismic studies to assess the poteal vulnerabilities at DCPP due to a major seismic event These Decisions also directed PG&E to submit the costs for review of the studies in the ERRA Compliance Review proceeding. The costs requested in this application represent seismic study costs that were Incurred by PG&E In 2014. The CPUC reviews and approves Invoices it receives from independent consultants it has hired to support the CPUC's implementation and administration of the Renewables Portfolio Standard. The Renewables Portfolio Standard is a state mandate that requires utilities to provide a minimum percentage of their power from renewable energy resources by a certain date. PG&E pays its portion of the costs from independent consultants once the invoices are reviewed and approved by the CPUC. These costs are included for review in this application, as authorized in Decision 06-10-050. PG&E requests to collect $8.974 million in rates from customers who receive eleclflc generation as well as transmission and distribution service from PG&E, known as bundled service customers. Rates for customers who purchase electricity from other suppliers (such as direct access and community choice aggregation) and rates for departing load customers will not be affected by these specific costs. How will PG&IE's application affect me? If this application is approved, electric rates will increase by less than one percent for bundled-service customers effective January 1, 2016. Based on the rates in effect on January 1, 2015, a typical bundled-sennce customer using 500 kWh per month would see an average bill increase of $0.06 (or 0.07 percent), from $88.39 to $88.45. Actual bill impacts will vary depending on your electricity usage. A table presenting more illustrative dsscflptiona of the impact of this applicafion was included in a bill insert announcing this filing that was sent directly to customers in March and April. How do I find out mere about PG&E's proposals? If you have questions about PG&E's filings, please contact PG&E at 1-800-743-rd}00. For TDD/TW (speech-hearing impaired), call 1.800-652.-4712. Para ms datalles Ilame al 1-800-660-6789 (  I11t ]r t) 1-860-883-9555 If you would like a copy of PG&E's application and exhibits, please write to PG&E at the address below. Pacific Gas and Electric Company 2014 ERRA Compliance Review Application RO. Box 7442 San Francisco, CA 94120 A copy of PG&E's filings and exhibits are also available for review at the CPUC, 505 Van Neas Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-noon. PG&E's application (without exhibits) is available on the CPUC's website at How does the CPUC's decision=making process work? This Application will be assigned to an Administrative Law Judge (Judge) who will determine how to receive evidence and other related documents, necessary for the CPUC to establish a record upon which to base its decision. Evidantiary hearings may be held where parties of record will present their testimony and may be subject to cress-examination by other parties. These evidentiary hearings are open to the public, but only those who are parUes of record can participate. After considering all proposals and evidence presented during the formal hearing process, the assigned Judge will Issue a proposed decision which may adopt PG&E's proposal, modify it or deny it. Any CPUC Commlsalonar may sponsor an alternate decision. pmpesed decision, and any alternate decisions, will be discussed and voted upon at a scheduled CPUC VoUng Meeting. As a party of record, the Office of Ratepayer Advocates (ORA) will review this application, oRA is the independent consumer advocate within the CPUC with a legislative mandate to represent investor-owned utility customers to obtain the lowest possible rate for service consistent with reliable and safe service levels. ORA has a muB-dlsciplinary staff with expertise tn economics, finance, accounting and enginearing. Other parties of record will also participate In the CPJC's proceeding to consider this application. For more information about ORA, please call (415) 703-1584, e-mall orca,gov or visit ORA's wabsite at http'J/ Stay thfomted If you.would like to follow this proceeding, or any other issue before the CPUC, you may use the CPUC's free subscription service. Sign up at: If you would I!ke to learn how you can participate in the proceeding, or if you have informal comments or queons about the CPUC processes, you may access the CPUC's Public Advisor's Office (PAO) webpage at and dick on "Public Advisor" from the CPUC Information Menu. You may also contact the PAO as follows. Email: Mail: Public Advisor's Office 505 Van Ness Avenue, Room 2103 San Francisco, CA 94102 Call: 1-866-849-8390 (foll-frea) or 1-415-703-2074 TTY 1-868-836-7825 (toll-free) or 1-415-703-5282 4