New commission on wildfire recovery set with five members

California

As wildfire-ravaged communities continue the cleanup, lawmakers finalized a commission that will recommend who pays for the destruction.  

Governor Gavin Newsom appointed three of the members including former state insurance commissioner, Dave Jones, who has tallied up damage costs on some of the state’s worst wildfires.

Newsom also chose Michael Kahn, a San Francisco energy lawyer who has served on several previous state boards and task forces. 

His third pick was Carla Peterman, who served on the public utility commission from 2013 through 2018. 

Stanford University’s Director of Energy and Climate Policy program, Michael Wara, was appointed by the Senate rules committee.

Assembly speaker Anthony Rendon chose Pedro Nava, who’s a former lawmaker and district attorney for Fresno and Santa Barbara. 

The commission will have at least four public meetings to hear expert testimony and comment from community members. 

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