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15th Annual Latino Leaders Reception
January 15, 2014 - Sacramento, CA

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Photo Highlight of 2013 Latino Leaders' Reception

Flanked by Latino Leaders President Michael R. Peevey of the CPUC, received the distinction of "Champion of Diversity" for his exceptional leadership over the past ten years.

Commissioner Carla Peterman (CPUC); Ron Litzinger, president of Southern California Edison; Commissioner Catherine J.K. Sandoval (CPUC)) and Jose L. Perez pose for this photo.

400 attend the Latino Leaders' Reception held on 
January 15, 2013 at the Sacramento Grand Ballroom

Latino Journal
continues its effort to strengthen the connection between California's huge Latino population and California State government in Sacramento.

Again, the reception in 2013 continues to increase in popularity as about 400 guests enjoyed the evening of music, food, awards and great networking.  This year, President Michael R. Peevey, CPUC; Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and Ron Litzinger, president of Southern California Edison, received "Champion of Diversity" awards.

Two companies received the "Inclusion of Hispanic Executives" awards; Pacific Gas and Electric Company (Jesus Soto, SVP of Gas Transmission Operations) and Sempra Energy (Dennis Arriola, president of Southern California Gas Company) were recipients.

Also recognized were Anna Caballero, secretary of State and Consumer Services Agency.

Assemblymember V. Manuel Perez, vice chair of the Latino Legislative Caucus, introduced several of the new Latino members although the event drew a very diverse participation including Assemblymember Paul Fong (D-Long Beach) and several others.  Nearly 30 legislators attended the event.

Moreover, 37 statewide, regional and local community based organizations also attended and many community leaders were eager to learn about the key elected leaders.

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California Public Utilities Commission Completes
Tenth Annual "En Banc" on Diversity

Led by Michael R. Peevey, president of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and supported by Commissioners Catherine J.K. Sandoval and Timothy Alan Simon, California utility executives reported that over $7 billion of outsource dollars went to minority, women and service disabled veteran owned companies in 2011.  

That is a whopping increase since ten years ago these same companies reported a $1 billion spent with these diverse suppliers.  This amazing feat has set a benchmark across America in supplier diversity.

At the "En Banc", public meeting, company executives included Ron Litzinger from Southern California Edison; Ann Shen Smith, Southern California Gas Company; Jesse Knight, San Diego Gas and Electric; Ken McNeely, AT&T; Eugene Agee, Sprint; Christopher Johns, PG&E; and Tim McCallion from Verizon.

Community remarks were presented by David Lizarraga from TELACU Millenium; Tracy Stanhoff, American Indian Chamber of Commerce of California and others.  The community panel was moderated by former assemblymember Gwen Moore.

The hearing was capped with Jose L. Perez of the Latino Journal, and chair of the California Utilities Diversity Council (CUDC) who presented an overview of the 2012 CUDC Annual Report.

For more information about diversity in the California utility space, please visit:   

Southern California Edison Celebrates
Hispanic Heritage Month

Given that almost half of the Southern California Edison (SCE) rate payers are Hispanic the company celebrates the Hispanic Heritage Month by gatherings many of its employees to appreciate Hispanic leaders in education, initiatives to help Hispanics better educate themselves and listening to the latest and the greatest about Hispanics in the market place.

Pictured above are: Gaddi Vasquez, Sr. VP for Government and Regulatory Affairs, SCE; David Lizarraga, president and ceo of TELACU Millenium; Hank Lacayo from Congress of Seniors; and Jose L. Perez, Latino Journal

Dennis Arriola, COO
Southern California Gas Company

Ann Shen Smith, President and CEO of Southern California Gas Company, announced her selection of Dennis Arriola to serve as her COO of the company.

Arriola was formerly with SunPower and before that served as CFO for San Diego Gas & Electric.

Congratulations Dennis!

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California utilities
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2013-14 California Latino Legislative Caucus Directory

Is now being developed for our readers ... stay tuned.

Here is a copy of the 2006 Latino Legislative Directory that boasted 30 Latino state leaders including former Lt. Governor Cruz Bustamante.

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