Friday, November 8, 2019

California Governor Names 'Genius' Feminist Studies Graduate to Transform California's Power Sector

Gov. Gavin Newsom
Well, you knew this was going to happen.

Thanks to all kinds of regulations, the California power company with a state-granted monopoly, PG&E,  and other monopoly power companies in other regions, are resorting to shutting off power to millions when there is a threat that high winds may knockdown wires and cause fires.

The state has reacted, not by opening up the regions to more competition, which would most certainly include power suppliers who would provide the correct type of power lines to the high wind regions that would not be susceptible to the winds.

Instead, California Governor Gavin Newsom is going more statist.

He has named a new energy czar, Ana Matosantos. No doubt, new regulations are on their way that will distort and suffocate energy production even more with the heavy arm of the state at the helm.

But who is  Ana Matosantos?
Is she perhaps familiar with free markets and how they work so that her totalitarian rule over the energy sector will be lite?

 Ana Matosantos
Unfortunately, it does not appear that way.

K. Lloyd Billingsley at the Independent Institute provides a bit of background on the lady who will be in charge of the power switches.

Key snippets:
“PG&E as we know it cannot persist and continue,” proclaimed California governor Gavin Newsom last Friday. “It has to be completely transformed, culturally transformed, operationally transformed, with a safety culture first and foremost.”

Embattled and enflamed Californians might wonder how this complete transformation is to be achieved. On Friday, Gov. Newsom provided the answer when he named his cabinet secretary Ana Matosantos the new “Energy Czar.” Gov. Newsom is on record that his cabinet secretary is a “genius” and Capitol Weekly explains that Matosantos “makes the trains run on time.”


A Puerto Rico native from a wealthy family, Matosantos earned a BA in political science and feminist studies from Stanford. Those were rather meager qualifications for state finance director, but Republican governor Arnold Schwarzenegger picked Matosantos for that post in 2009. In 2011, she was busted for drunk driving in Sacramento, but Gov. Jerry Brown refused to accept her resignation. Matosantos served nearly four years as Brown’s chief budget advisor, and her tenure was marked by “multibillion-dollar shortfalls.”

Covered California, the state’s wholly owned subsidiary of Obamacare, the so-called “Affordable Care Act,” then took on Matosantos at $120,000 for a six-month stint. Her performance did nothing to prevent Covered California from becoming what health journalist Emily Bazar described as “widespread consumer misery.”

In 2016, Congress passed the PROMESA legislation to deal with Puerto Rico’s $72 billion debt, and the legislation created the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Board. San Francisco Democrat Nancy Pelosi favored Matosantos for a board post, and President Obama duly appointed her. It was not disclosed that Matosantos was also on the board of the Matosantos Commercial Corporation, owned by her wealthy family, with deep interests in the energy business on the island.

According to Christopher D. Coursen, former counsel of the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, the Oversight Board “has been a complete failure and has not achieved anything of significance.” President Trump and Congress need to replace members “clearly unfit to serve” with those dedicated to restoring fiscal responsibility in Puerto Rico. “Given the recent evidence of blatant conflicts of interest of Ana Matosantos,” Coursen said, “her removal seems like the best place to start. And that review and her subsequent removal needs to happen now.”
Hint to my friends in the California hills. Your only option, other than moving, is this.



  1. Kinda makes me look forward to leaving California to clean up the mess from hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas.

  2. Wow! She “makes the trains run on time.” Sure. The only trains she makes run at all are the ones delivering pork to her and her cronies.

    But Californians can look forward to Matosantos cleaning up its power sector as she has for its finance, budget and insurance sectors. With family interests in the energy business in Puerto Rico she a born power sector expert.

    What an expert is to those in the governing class is a bit different to a private sector expert. Matosantos family ties, BA’s from Stanford and past achievements make for a true expert in the view of the governing class.

    After all Ana is a super genius

  3. OMG.. Newsom is literally destroying California fr the inside.. this kid has zero experience in energy let alone fixing a statewide crisis? This is shocking for the citizens of California but to Newsom it's fine?

    Citizens of CA must get Newsom outta office I've never witnessed blatant wrecklessness insanity like this in govt and worse a massive power crisis at boot.. the natl guard will be called in eventually as citizens of CA are just FCKED

  4. Replies
    1. Recall hell; REROUTE some power lines over his residence.

  5. So, let me get this straight. California bans the clearing of brush in and around high voltage power lines. The brush does what brush does and continues to grow. The brush eventually grows up into said power lines. The electricity eventually does that electricity does and starts a fire. PG&E over reacts to this by cutting power. Pissed off PG&E customers with no power and a pile of ashes for their homes then call in the state government dogs on PG&E. Politicans then blame PG&E for allowing the brush to accumulate in and around their power lines. The leftist governor then appoints an "energy czar" with no experience in how energy is created, distributed and used. the new "energy czar" turns around and blames PG&E for causing this mess.

    Is that about right?

    1. abour right except that PG&E has no choice but to cut off power because they cannot withstand financial impact of so many homeowner lawsuits due to fire. So, the power utility will become stated own and run and California citizens can sue themselves into bankruptcy. Its all foretold in the movie idiocracy.

    2. My understanding is that despite CA’s ridiculous policies for maintaining forest and other lands vulnerable to fires the power monopolies are required to clear lands around transmission lines and to harden (such as replace wooden poles with non-flammable materials) those lines.

  6. aw c'mon Im sure it will be fine...

  7. Smart managers put someone between themselves and a problem. That way if the plans doen't work, fire the the "someone" and replace with another "someone".

  8. She looks like the stupid, ugly fat boy that lived by me when I was a kid.

    1. You beat me to it. Where is the eye bleach? Damn that's hideous.