Karen Paull

Karen Paull

Monterey Peninsula
Water Management District
Board of Directors

Division 4

Pacific Grove / Pebble Beach

Together, we can succeed where Cal Am has failed.

For too long, ratepayers on the Monterey Peninsula have felt the impact of paying for the highest water costs in the country. Cal Am’s history of mismanagement and water supply failures are directly responsible.

MORE AFFORDABLE WATER

In 2018 we passed Measure J. It directed Monterey Peninsula Water Management District (MPWMD) to determine if a Cal Am buyout is feasible and if so to proceed. In 2019 their consultants determined that a buyout is feasible. Now MPWMD is preparing to make decisions that can put us on the path to a more affordable and sustainable water supply.

Karen, her husband Craig, and their grandkids enjoy Candy Cane Lane in PG.

STANDING UP FOR RATEPAYERS

What happens next will determine the future of our water for decades to come. If MPWMD decides to go ahead with the buyout, Cal Am may not agree to a fair price. If that happens, litigation will be necessary.

As a former public advocate attorney, I’m prepared to represent the ratepayers of Pacific Grove and Pebble Beach on the MPWMD board during this critical period.

In my 15 years as a public advocate attorney for the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), I fought for the ratepayers of investor-owned utilities like Cal Am. In 2010 I became Chief Counsel of the CPUC’s independent Office of Ratepayer Advocates (ORA).

In the role of Chief Counsel, I managed the attorneys that advocated on behalf of ratepayers in a large number of energy and water utilities cases, including the San Clemente Dam project on the Monterey Peninsula.

Around the same time a PG&E gas pipeline in San Bruno exploded, killing eight people. For the next four years, I personally represented ORA in complex proceedings to hold PG&E accountable for its safety violations.

I am not a person who can be bought off, and I do not give up easily.

In the role of Chief Counsel, I managed the attorneys that advocated on behalf of ratepayers in a large number of energy and water utilities cases, including the San Clemente Dam project on the Monterey Peninsula.

Around the same time a PG&E gas pipeline in San Bruno exploded, killing eight people. For the next four years, I personally represented ORA in complex proceedings to hold PG&E accountable for its safety violations.

I am not a person who can be bought off, and I do not give up easily.

COMMUNITY SUPPORT

I am proud to endorse Karen. She brings broad experience to help make the critical decisions for our needed water supply solutions. We are lucky to have a person of her caliber, integrity, and commitment willing to serve.

SENATOR BILL MONNING, 17th Senate District

I am proud to endorse Karen. She brings broad experience to help make the critical decisions for our needed water supply solutions. We are lucky to have a person of her caliber, integrity, and commitment willing to serve.

SENATOR BILL MONNING
17th Senate District

Karen will bring a legal background based on protecting water ratepayers, exactly what we need on the Board. She understands the challenging process of public ownership of our water supply and will put ratepayers and residents first.

CLYDE ROBERSON, Mayor of Monterey

Karen will bring a legal background based on protecting water ratepayers, exactly what we need on the Board. She understands the challenging process of public ownership of our water supply and will put ratepayers and residents first.

CLYDE ROBERSON
Mayor of Monterey

Karen’s exemplary qualifications, concern for those on fixed incomes, and passion for our community makes her the right choice to represent us.

JENNY MCADAMS, Pacific Grove City Council

Karen’s exemplary qualifications, concern for those on fixed incomes, and passion for our community makes her the right choice to represent us.

JENNY MCADAMS
Pacific Grove City Council

Karen has experience and knowledge that are extremely relevant to deliberations about the future of water on the Peninsula. She would be immensely valuable on the Board.

GEORGE RILEY, MPWMD Board, Division 2

Karen has experience and knowledge that are extremely relevant to deliberations about the future of water on the Peninsula. She would be immensely valuable on the Board.

GEORGE RILEY
MPWMD Board, Division 2

Karen is incredibly well qualified. With her skills and experience, she would be a valuable addition to the MPWMD Board. She has always been committed to defending the interest of ordinary people.

ALVIN EDWARDS, MPWMD Board, Division 1

Karen is incredibly well qualified. With her skills and experience, she would be a valuable addition to the MPWMD Board. She has always been committed to defending the interest of ordinary people.

ALVIN EDWARDS
MPWMD Board, Division 1

Karen’s many years of experience working for the Office of Ratepayer Advocates with the CPUC provided ideal preparation for a position on the MPWMD board, particularly now that they may face challenging litigation.

MELODIE CHRISLOCK, Director, Public Water Now

Karen’s many years of experience working for the Office of Ratepayer Advocates with the CPUC provided ideal preparation for a position on the MPWMD board, particularly now that they may face challenging litigation.

MELODIE CHRISLOCK
Director, Public Water Now

Karen has courage and integrity. She was a valuable ally in the City of San Bruno’s fight to hold PG&E accountable for the gas pipeline explosion that devastated our city in 2010.

JIM RUANE, former Mayor of San Bruno

Karen has courage and integrity. She was a valuable ally in the City of San Bruno’s fight to hold PG&E accountable for the gas pipeline explosion that devastated our city in 2010.

JIM RUANE
former Mayor of San Bruno

Karen’s experience combined with her passion for equity and justice and genuine concern for the affordability of our water will benefit our community for years to come. We are fortunate she has stepped up to serve.

KATE DANIELS, President, Democratic Women of Monterey County

Karen’s experience combined with her passion for equity and justice and genuine concern for the affordability of our water will benefit our community for years to come. We are fortunate she has stepped up to serve.

KATE DANIELS
President, Democratic Women of Monterey County

How lucky we are to have Karen running for the Water Board! She is highly qualified for this position, having been Chief Counsel at the Office of Ratepayer Advocates at the CPUC. She stands up for consumers and will fight for affordable water.

BEVERLY BEAN, Treasurer of Protect Monterey County

How lucky we are to have Karen running for the Water Board! She is highly qualified for this position, having been Chief Counsel at the Office of Ratepayer Advocates at the CPUC. She stands up for consumers and will fight for affordable water.

BEVERLY BEAN
Treasurer of Protect Monterey County

Karen will provide a unique perspective to the challenges our communities on the Monterey Peninsula face in conserving our scarce water resources. She is a person of great integrity and very open to the opinions of others.

MIGUEL TIRADO, Ph.D.
Former Dean of Graduate Studies, CSUMB
SALLY S. TIRADO, LCSW
Former Director at Natividad/UCSF

Karen will provide a unique perspective to the challenges our communities on the Monterey Peninsula face in conserving our scarce water resources. She is a person of great integrity and very open to the opinions of others.

MIGUEL TIRADO, Ph.D.
Former Dean of Graduate Studies, CSUMB
SALLY S. TIRADO, LCSW
Former Director at Natividad/UCSF

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