Camarillo, Calif., Nov. 1, 2012 – The Lacayo Institute for Workforce & Community Studies at CSU Channel Islands (CI) will host its first Lacayo Forum on Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, featuring Michael R. Peevey, President of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).  The Lacayo Forum is free and open to the public.

The Henry L. “Hank” Lacayo Institute for Workforce & Community Studies examines the connections between the development of economic opportunities through job creation and sustainability and its impact on the quality of people’s lives. The Lacayo Institute is named for workforce and community leader Henry L. “Hank” Lacayo, long-time labor leader and advisor to U.S. Presidents, governors and other political leaders nationally and internationally. 

“We are very pleased to welcome Mr. Peevey to the Lacayo Institute.  Here in Ventura County we’re working to bring better, higher paying jobs to our residents and Mr. Peevey’s  topic – ‘Green Jobs and Renewable Energy’ – will be especially timely and topical for local business leaders and job seekers, and the students, faculty and staff at CI,” said Lacayo.

Peevey has held the office of President of the CPUC since 2002 and was reappointed in December 2008 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for another six year term. As President of CPUC, Peevey is committed to protecting the public interest by promoting consumer needs while challenging utilities to embrace new technologies and provide safe, high-quality services.  He is a champion of California’s environment, and supports renewable energy and renewable procurement requirements for utilities.  Peevey has been a leader in implementing California’s Solar and Greenhouse Gas Initiatives.  The recipient of many awards recognizing his leadership in development energy policy and promoting recognition of California’s diverse population, Peevey holds Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in economics from the University of California, Berkeley. He is married to state senator Carol J. Liu.

Registration for the Forum begins at 7:15 a.m.; breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 8 a.m. The program begins at 8 a.m. The event will be held in the Petit Salon on the campus of CSU Channel Islands, and is free to the public. Because space is limited, participants are asked to register as soon as possible at 

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