California Supreme Court

Jeff McDonald
November 28, 2016

The California Supreme Court has declined to take up a lawsuit seeking release of dozens of emails to and from the Governor’s Office regarding the San Onofre nuclear plant failure.

In an electronic notice dated Nov. 22, the state high court said, “Petition for review denied.”

The lawsuit was filed in San Francisco Superior Court against the California Public Utilities Commission, which for months declined to release its email exchanges with the office of Gov. Jerry Brown about San Onofre, which closed in 2012.

The CPUC long argued that the Superior Court had no jurisdiction over its decisions about whether to release records, and prevailed at the appeals court level. Commission officials did not immediately respond to questions about the Supreme Court action.

San Diego consumer attorney Mike Aguirre sued the commission for the emails in 2015, seeking to learn what role the Governor’s Office may have had in a 2014 commission decision charging ratepayers more than $3.3 billion for the plant failure. The CPUC identified and withheld 65 relevant emails involving Brown’s office.

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