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PG&E submitted the Coastal Development Permit (CDP), Conditional Permit (CP) and Project Description (PD) for the decommissioning of Diablo Canyon Power Plant to the County of San Luis Obispo on March 26, 2021.  The County is currently reviewing the submissions and has requested more information 

PG&E submitted the Coastal Development Permit (CDP), Conditional Permit (CP) and Project Description (PD) for the decommissioning of Diablo Canyon Power Plant to the County of San Luis Obispo on March 26, 2021.  The County is currently reviewing the submissions and has requested more information.

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Bill Almas

Bill Almas and his wife Karen have lived in San Luis Obispo for 21 years. He retired from Chevron as a Senior Real Estate Manager in 2015. He held various positions with Chevron and Unocal, including Environmental and Regulatory Manager, Manager of Government Affairs, Area Manager and Environmental and Regulatory Manager for Molycorp, a subsidiary of Unocal. He was the lead for Unocal property purchase and settlements associated with the Avila Beach remediation and managed the preparation of the San Luis Obispo Chevron Tank Farm Environmental Impact Report and various property sales. Prior to working for Chevron, Bill worked for several uranium mining and processing companies as an Environmental Manager and scientist. As such, he was responsible for permitting and compliance for operating facilities and was part of the team responsible for the decommissioning and reclamation of several uranium mining and processing facilities regulated by State and Federal authority.

Bill holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University College of Natural Resources and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Colorado. Bill He has held board positions in the Rotary Club of SLO Daybreak, San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce, Mt. Carmel Lutheran Church and the Literacy Council.

Current term concludes May, 2024


Scott Lathrop

As a 63-year native resident of San Luis Obispo, Scott comes to the Panel with ancestry roots in and around Diablo Canyon.  As a Chumash Native American, Scott’s interest in the decommissioning project is twofold: to communicate the value of protecting cultural resources that are important to indigenous people from the region and to represent ratepayer and taxpayer interests regarding financial impacts.  Scott has worked in county government, the private sector, and public schools, and he currently serves as Assistant Superintendent, Business Services for a public school district. He is a graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and holds BA degrees in Industrial Technology and Education. He is California public schools certified Chief Business Officer and a licensed California class B general contractor.

Current term concludes May, 2022


Charlene Rosales

Charlene is a 35-year resident of San Luis Obispo and is currently the Deputy Director/COVID Manager for Mission Community Services Corporation (MCSC) Women’s Business Centers in July 2020. The service territory covers San Luis Obispo, Kern, and Monterey counties, and she is responsible for all three Centers.

Charlene attended Cal Poly State University and has held positions as Chief Operating Officer for United Way of SLO County, Director of Governmental Affairs for the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Manager for the City of San Luis Obispo, Program Coordinator at Cal Poly in the Student Life & Leadership Department for the AmeriCorps and Student Community Services programs.

She is currently a member of the Central Coast Coalition of Chambers, Downtown SLO, Economic Vitality Corporation of SLO County, Home Builders Association of the Central Coast, REACH and the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce, and serves as a board member with Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo Daybreak, SESLOC Federal Credit Union, Woods Humane Society. A member of the Community Benefits Committee for Dignity Health.

Charlene plans to contribute her experience and ideas in a collaborative setting so that the existing assets and potential uses of the Plant and surrounding lands enhance our region’s economic and environmental future for generations to come.

Current term concludes May, 2023


Kara Woodruff


Kara is a 26-year resident of San Luis Obispo and VP/Chief Compliance Officer of Blakeslee & Blakeslee. As former project director for The Nature Conservancy and Board President of American Land Conservancy, Kara has been directly involved in the conservation of over 100,000 acres and brings to the panel an impassioned interest in the conservation of the Diablo Canyon Lands, including Wild Cherry Canyon. Kara earned a BA in Business from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and MA and JD degrees from Duke University. She is a licensed financial principal, active member of the State Bar, and proud mother of two daughters.
Current term concludes May, 2023


David Baldwin

David is a lifelong resident of San Luis Obispo County. Joining the Plasterers and Cement Masons Union Local # 775 in 1983, he was a Cement Mason until 1995 when he became a Cement Masons Local 600 representative, a position he held for 20 years. As a labor leader, he served in various roles, including Pension Trustee and Chairman of the Board for Taft Hartley Trust Funds and President of the Southern California District Council of Plasterers, Cement Masons & Shophands. David was an elected delegate and labor representative at the San Luis Obispo County Democratic Party where he was recognized as Labor Leader of the Year in 2013. In 2014, David was appointed by the governor to the 16th District Agricultural Association California Mid-State Fair Board of Directors, where he currently serves as Chairman of the Finance and Operations Committees. David now works in Public Works Labor Compliance for the Labor Management Compliance Council and is a member of Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 403.

Current term concludes May, 2024


Patrick Lemieux

Patrick Lemieux has been in this area for nearly 14 years and is a resident of Morro Bay. Patrick currently works at Cal Poly as a Bentley Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He began his career in 1999 as an engineer at AlliedSignal Aerospace (now called Honeywell International) and at Exponent Inc (formerly Failure Analysis Associates). Patrick holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New Brunswick, a Master of Science degree from Cranfield University and Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology. He is currently a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Distributed Wind Energy Association (DWEA), the Sierra Club and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). Patrick loves the great outdoors and spends time running, surfing, kitesurfing, windsurfing, biking, fishing, backpacking, hiking and skiing. Patrick believes it is important to ensure good stewardship of the lands and to preserve a large portion of the DCPP lands in the most pristine condition possible for future generations.

Current term concludes May, 2023


Linda Seeley

Linda is a nurse-midwife and OB/GYN nurse practitioner, having worked and lived in SLO County for the past 35 years. She is an advanced facilitator of the Work that Reconnects as developed by Joanna Macy, Ph.D. Linda serves as vice-president and spokesperson for San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace, is a member of the Sierra Club Nuclear-Free Core Team and is a founding member and officer of the local nonprofit Biodiversity First! She is particularly concerned about safer storage of the highly irradiated nuclear waste at Diablo Canyon. Linda strives to give voice to the community on issues of transparency and safe, timely decommissioning.

Current term concludes May, 2023


Sherri Danoff

As an 18-year Avila Beach-area resident, Sherri is a land use planner with over 30 years of experience in California jurisdictions, largely with the public sector. She has a MA in Regional and Urban Planning from San Jose State University. Sherri’s interest in decommissioning focuses on visitor and resident safety related to use of Avila Beach Drive, the narrow winding road providing one-way-in-and-out of the beach town and harbor. Because Avila has very high fire hazard, plus other hazards, she considers prevention of access congestion of particular importance, both during decommissioning and future uses of Diablo Canyon lands. Sherri has several and varied involvements in the local community.

Current term concludes May, 2022


Timothy Auran

Dr. Timothy Auran is an interventional radiologist at Radiology Associates in San Luis Obispo, with an interest in radiation therapy and the nuclear industry. He grew up outside of Cleveland, Ohio, received a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and interned at Westinghouse Electric working on the design of naval nuclear reactors. Dr. Auran attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University and completed his training in Radiology at Harbor-UCLA and UC San Diego.

Dr. Auran has lived on the Central Coast for 11 years and currently lives in the Squire Canyon area of Avila Beach. He has served in several medical staff positions at local hospitals, including Chief of Staff at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, and is currently CEO of Radiology Associates. Given his proximity to Diablo Canyon Power Plant and love of local hiking, he hopes to preserve the natural beauty of the area during and after the decommissioning process.

Current term concludes May, 2023


Dena Bellman

Dena comes to the decommissioning panel with extensive planning and civic involvement experience. She has lived in San Luis Obispo County most of her life and works as the District Planning Chief with the Channel Coast District of California State Parks. Dena brings a strong knowledge of government and community to this decommissioning effort. She is active in many community-building efforts, having most recently served as Vice Chair of United Way of SLO County Board of Directors, Treasurer of the Board for 5Cities Homeless Coalition and Director for South County Chambers of Commerce Board. She has also engaged in economic development and tourism efforts, serving on the economic development committee for the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce, film commission and tourism committees with SLOCAL and as an Advisory Board member for the SLO County Business Improvement District. Dena has a passion for travel and has immersed philanthropy in travel by volunteering with ICARE International, having completed several humanitarian missions to Central and South America.

Current term concludes May, 2024


Mariam Shah

Mariam Shah was born in Cleveland, Ohio. She attended the University of Michigan, double majoring in Spanish and American Culture. She has a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center and spent seven years as a corporate litigator in New York City, Cleveland, Ohio and Akron, Ohio, representing businesses of all sizes.

In 2008, she and her husband drove up HWY 1 and immediately decided the Central Coast was a great place to escape midwestern winters and to raise a family. After staying at home with her children for a few years, she ran for Grover Beach City Council in 2014. She ran for re-election in 2018 and won a seat on the council for her second term. During her time on the council Mariam served on the executive committees of the Homeless Services Oversight Committee, the Air Pollution Control District and the CA League of Cities. She also sits on the board of the Grover Beach Library and has been active with the Grover Heights PTA for several years, serving 3 years as president. After leaving political office to move to Arroyo Grande, she joined the board of the Five Cities Homeless Coalition. She is passionate about keeping the Central Coast accessible for families and people of all income levels.

Current term concludes May, 2022

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