CaliforniaALL, a Section 501(c)(3) charitable entity, came about as a result of a San Francisco restaurant meeting between Ruthe Ashley (a Diversity Officer at CalPERS and Vice President of the State Bar of California) and Peter Arth, Jr., Chief of Staff to CPUC President Michael Peevey. Also present at that meeting was Professor Sarah E. Redfield.
Ms. Ruthe Ashley. Despite exiting CaliforniaALL in September 2009, Ms. Ashley continued to claim that she was the CEO of CaliforniaALL, as shown in the above picture taken in November 2009.
CaliforniaALL’s alleged purpose was to award grants to entities that would increase minority participation in the "pipelines" that feed into various industries, such as finance, technology, and law.
Donations to CaliforniaALL came primarily from utility companies (including AT&T, Sempra Energy, and PG&E). In its brief existence from 2008 to 2010, CaliforniaALL collected close to $2 million, including an unusually large sub rosa contribution of $780,000 from the State Bar of California Foundation in 2008.
CaliforniaALL was abruptly dissolved in July 2010.
According to confidential sources, an ongoing multi-prong inquiry is continuing. A source maintains that one aspect of the inquiry involves a close and focused examination of Pete Arth and Geoffrey Brown and surrounding circumstances the sources describe as "alarming."
Morrison & Foerster's Susan Mac Cormac and Dian Grueneich
Serving as CaliforniaALL legal counsel were two partners from Morrison & Foerster, Ms. Susan Mac Cormac and Eric Tate. See below:
On March 21, 2011, Morrison & Foerster announced the hiring of former CPUC Commissioner Dian Grueneich. See below:
Upon the hiring of CPUC Commissioner Grueneich, Mac Cormac stated: “Energy policy is a strategic concern for every industry as companies closely monitor regulatory changes both to capitalize on opportunities for growth, and to address potential risks to their business models. Dian’s command of these essential issues will be a strategic asset to both new and existing clients. Her policymaking experience and prior activities, not only in California but nationally and internationally, add a vital element to our existing energy, environmental and Cleantech capabilities. She will work closely with attorneys advising on patent and intellectual property, corporate transactions, project finance, development, and litigation matters. Her arrival is a clear signal of our strength as one of the preeminent Cleantech practices.”
Ms. Susan Mac Cormac, partner in the Corporate Group and co-chair of the Cleantech Group of Morrison & Foerster’s San Francisco office. Ms. Mac Cormac is a member of the State Bars of California and New York.
Ms. Dian Grueneich, former CPUC commissioner. On March 21, 2011, Ms. Grueneich joined MOFO as a partner in the Environment and Energy Practice in its San Francisco office. According to MOFO,"Ms. Grueneich’s arrival is an important addition to Morrison & Foerster’s Environment and Energy and Cleantech Practices." Also joining MOFO was Ms. Grueneich’s longtime colleague and former Chief of Staff, Theresa Cho. Ms. Cho joined MOFO as Of Counsel in the firm’s San Francisco office. Ms. Grueneich and Ms. Cho specialize in energy regulation with specific expertise in transmission, energy efficiency, smart grid, and renewable energy. (Photo:courtesy)
According to confidential sources close to the investigations of CaliforniaALL/CCPF, recent revelations concerning MOFO serve as an "important piece of the puzzle, especially if we examine circumstances surrounding James Brosnahan, Joe Dunn, Thomas Girardi, and Erwin Chemerinsky."