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Volume 7, Bulletin 35 -- November 8, 2000    [or see pdf version]

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE:

Congress Will Return November 14 for Rare Post-Election Session

California Elects Six New House Members

Mike Honda, 15th District

Adam Schiff, 27th District

Hilda Solis, 31st District

Jane Harman, 36th District

Susan Davis, 49th District

Darrell Issa, 48th District

FERC to Hold Thursday Session on California Power Market Plan; San Diego Supplemental Session Added for November 14


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Congress Will Return November 14 for Rare Post-Election Session

The Senate on November 1 and the House on November 3 passed H.J.Res. 84, the 15th Continuing resolution, which maintains funding until Tuesday, November 14 for those federal agencies whose funds would otherwise be provided by the six FY 2001 appropriations bills which have yet to be enacted. The President signed the measure into law on November 4.

 

California Elects Six New House Members

As the nation cast ballots in the nation's closest Presidential and Congressional election in recent memory, California elected six new members to the House of Representatives, five Democrats and one Republican. The state's House delegation will move from 27 Democrats and 25 Republicans in the current Congress to 32 Democrats and 20 Republicans when the 107th Congress convenes in January.

Bipartisanship will be even more important in the 107th Congress, with a slightly slimmer margin of majority in both the House and Senate. Two House races (NJ 12 and FL 22) and one Senate race (WA) have yet to be called by most news media, but if current leads hold in those races the House will have a 222-211 Republican majority, barring recounts or party switching, and the Senate will have a very narrow 51-49 Republican majority. (In addition, Democrats may request recounts in Minnesota's 2nd District and Michigan's 8th District.)

The following is biographical information for the six Members-elect who will join the California Congressional Delegation in the 107th Congress. The information was gathered from candidate and legislative biographical information.

 

Mike Honda, 15th District

Rep.-elect Michael Honda, who replaces Rep. Tom Campbell in the 15th District, has lived in Santa Clara County for over 40 years. Honda attended San Jose State University where he earned a B.S. in Biology, a B.A. in Spanish, and an M.A. in Education. He has worked as a teacher, Vice-Principal, Principal, and Administrator and has served on the San Jose Unified School Board as well as the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. Honda was elected and re-elected to the State Assembly in 1996 and 1998 respectively, representing San Jose, and unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County. In the Assembly Honda is Chair of the Public Safety Committee, and is a member of the Education Committee, Revenue and Taxation Committee, and the Public Employees, Retirement, and Social Security (PERSS) Committee. He is married to Jeanne, a teacher and has two children.

 

Adam Schiff, 27th District

Rep.-elect Adam Schiff will take over District 27 from Rep. James Rogan. Schiff, a resident of Burbank currently represents the 21st State Senate District which includes Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena and South Pasadena and is also an adjunct professor at Glendale Community College where he teaches political science. As a member of the State Senate, Schiff chairs of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Juvenile Justice Select Committee, and the Joint Committee on the Arts. Schiff is also a member of the Senate Insurance Committee, the Senate Budget Committee and its subcommittees on Education and General Government. Prior to his election to the State Senate, Schiff served as a criminal prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney's Office for six years. Schiff is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School, and, at 39, is the youngest member of the State Senate. He and his wife Eve had have one daughter.

 

Hilda Solis, 31st District

Rep.-elect Hilda L. Solis replaces Rep. Marty Martinez in the 31st District. Solis was elected to the re-apportioned 24th State Senatorial District in November of 1994 and re-elected in November 1998 becoming the first Latina to serve in the State Senate. She served in the Assembly from 1992 to 1994 representing the 57th Assembly District. In the State Senate Solis is the Chair of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee #3 on Health, Human Services Labor & Veterans Affairs, the Senate Industrial Relations Committee, and the Senate Subcommittee on Asia Trade & Commerce. She is also a member of Budget and Fiscal Review; Energy, Utilities, & Communications; Environmental Quality; Health & Human Services; and Natural Resources & Wildlife Committees. After earning her B.A. at Cal Poly Pomona and her Masters at the University of Southern California, Solis served as Editor-in-Chief for the White House Office of Hispanic Affairs during the Carter Administration. Solis a lifetime resident of the San Gabriel Valley is married to Sam, a small business owner.

 

Jane Harman, 36th District

Rep.-elect Jane Harman regains office replacing Steven Kuykendall in the 36th District. Harman previously served the same district which runs along the Los Angeles County coast from Venice to San Pedro, from 1992 to 1998. In Congress, Jane Harman served on the National Security, Science and Intelligence Committees. Harman received her B.A. from Smith College (1966) and a J.D. from Harvard Law School (1969). She has served as Chief Counsel and Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Constitutional Rights, Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet for President Jimmy Carter, Special Counsel to the Department of Defense, attorney, and businesswoman. Harman lives in Rolling Hills, California and Washington, DC with her husband, Sidney, and their two school-age children. She also has two adult children.

 

Susan Davis, 49th District

Rep.-elect Susan A. Davis will replace Rep. Brian Bilbray in District 49. Davis has resided in the San Diego community of Kensington since 1974. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, she earned a Masters in Social Work from the University of North Carolina. Davis served nine years as a member and two years as president of the San Diego City School Board. She was elected in November, 1998, to her third term representing the 76th Assembly District. Davis has chaired the bipartisan Women's Caucus for Senate and Assembly members. Davis chairs the Consumer Protection, Governmental Efficiency, & Economic Development Committee and the Select Committee on Adolescence. Susan Davis also sits on the important Appropriations Committee, the Transportation Committee, and the Joint Legislative Audit Committee. Davis and her husband, a physician, have two sons.

 

Darrell Issa, 48th District

Rep.-elect Darrell Issa will replace Rep. Ron Packard in the 48th District. Issa is founder and CEO of Directed Electronics, which in headquartered in Vista and manufactures automobile security systems. Issa is Chairman of the Consumer Electronics Association and a member of the Board of Governors of the Electronics Industry Association, and he serves as a director of the San Diego Economic Development Association and the Greater San Diego County Chamber of Commerce. He served as a co-chair of the campaign to pass Proposition 209 in 1996 and ran for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in 1998. Issa was born in Cleveland, Ohio and, after attending college on an ROTC scholarship, attained the rank of Captain in the U.S. Army. He and wife Kathy have one son, who is a college freshman.

 

FERC to Hold Thursday Session on California Power Market Plan; San Diego Supplemental Session Added for November 14

On Thursday, November 9, at their Washington headquarters, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will hold a conference on their recently-released Order Proposing Remedies for California's Wholesale Electric Market. A three-week comment period on the document is underway (ending November 22). For more information, see Bulletin, Vol. 7, No. 34 (11/2/00).

Responding to a request by the California Congressional delegation and others, FERC will hold a supplemental public conference in San Diego. The San Diego conference will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon before the FERC Chairman and Commission staff, and FERC documents state that it is "being held primarily to accord an opportunity to citizens of San Diego, and others who are unable to attend the November 9, 2000 meeting." No location or agenda was provided as of press time.

Importantly, persons wishing to speak at the conference must request to do so by November 9. Requesters "must submit a request to make a statement in the Docket No. EL00-95-000. The request should be submitted by e-mail to David Boergers at david.boergers@ferc.fed.us (include Docket No. EL00-95-000 in the subject heading of the e-mail), and should be followed up, at the same time, with a letter to the Secretary of the Commission. The request should clearly specify the name of the person desiring to speak, his or her title and affiliation, and the party or parties the speaker represents. In addition, the request should include a telephone number for notifying the speaker. The request should also include a brief summary of the issue or issues the speaker wishes to address, not to exceed one page. All e-mail requests must be submitted on or before November 9, 2000."

The Washington meeting on Thursday, November 9 will include several panels of witnesses, and is expected to last from 9:00 a.m. through 5:30 p.m. Among those testifying, in expected order of appearance, are Terry Winter, President & Chief Executive Officer of theCalifornia Independent System Operator (ISO); Michael Peter Florio, Senior Staff Attorney for the Utility Reform Network; James Macias, VP for Asset Optimization at Calpine Corporation; William Reed, VP & Chief Regulatory Officer for Sempra Energy; Steven J. Kean, Executive VP for Enron Corporation; Jan Smutny-Jones, Executive Director for Independent Energy Producers and Chairman of the Board of the California ISO; Ms. Dede Hapner, VP for Regulatory Relations of PG&E; Keith R. McCrea, Attorney for the California Manufacturers & Technology Association; William E. Hobbs, President of Williams Energy Marketing & Trading Company; James Pope, Chairman of the Transmission Agency of Northern California; Lynn Lednicky, Senior VP of Dynegy Power Corporation; Gray Davis, Governor of California; Loretta Lynch, President of the California Public Utility Commission; Michael Kahn, Chairman of the California Electricity Oversight Board & Governor's Clean Energy Green Team; William Keese, Chairman of the California Energy Commission; Senator Debra Bowen, Chair of the California Senate Energy, Utilities, and Communications Committee; Senator Steve Peace; Dianne Jacob, Chairwoman of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors; George Sladoje, Chief Executive Officer of the California Power Exchange; John R. Fielder, Senior VP for Regulatory Policy & Affairs of Southern California Edison; Eric C. Woychik, representing Utility Consumer Action Network; Gary B. Ackerman, Executive Director of the Western Power Trading Forum; Frank Wolak, Chairman of the Market Surveillance Committee for the California ISO; William F. Hall II, VP for Asset Management of Duke Energy North America's Western Region; Michael J. Manning, Attorney at Fulbright & Jaworski for the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power; James W. Cunningham, General Manager - Bellingham Operations for Georgia-Pacific Corporation; John Stout, Senior VP at Reliant Energy Power Generation, Inc.; Jan Schori, Chief Executive Officer & General Manager of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District; Daniel L. Gordon, Director of Merrill Lynch; and Stuart Ryan, Executive VP of AES Pacific, Inc.

 

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