In bipartisan criticism of the California Public Utilities Commission\u2019s money management on behalf of ratepayers, the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Resources & Transportation May 8 voted to prohibit regulators from sending funds to organizations like Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, or creating new entities, like the Pacific Forest Watershed Council. \tAssemblymember Bob Blumenfield (D-Los Angeles) called the commission\u2019s money management and its reaction to Legislative oversight \u201coutrageous.\u201d He said he has \u201cquestions about the competence of the CPUC.\u201d \tCommission executive director Paul Clanon objected to the proposal to take away authority to spend funds on non-profit projects regulators deem are in ratepayers\u2019 long-term interest. He also protested the panel\u2019s effort to look at the upcoming CPUC\u2019s $1.4 billion budget under a microscope\u2014called \u201czeroing out.\u201d \t\u201cIt\u2019s not whether it\u2019s good for ratepayers, but whether we have oversight or not\u201d on such spending, said subcommittee chair Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica). The lone voting Republican Assemblymember, Jim Patterson (R-Fresno), agreed. \tWhat stuck in legislators\u2019 craw was the $150 million in funding sent to Lawrence Livermore for using its supercomputers for modeling cybersecurity, gas safety, and electricity system planning (Current, Dec. 21, 2012). They called it a \u201cpet project\u201d of commission president Mike Peevey. \tAt the time, the commission projected the investment will save ratepayers $550 million in the future. \tThe legislative panel approved the limit 4-0. \tThe subcommittee also passed zero-based budgeting for the commission. \tZero-based budgets require agencies to start building their budgets with a blank slate instead of adding to the last year\u2019s budget. \tThe plan calls for starting not with the entire commission, but with a portion of it. \t\u201cIt will help us fully understand what appears to be an imperial fiefdom,\u201d said Assemblymember Rich Gordon (D-Los Altos). \tThe vote was 3-0.