[California Energy Commission Letterhead]


STATE OF CALIFORNIA

Energy Resources
Conservation and Development Commission





In the Matter of:              )     Docket No. 99-AFC-3
                               )
Application for Certification  )
for the METCALF ENERGY CENTER  )     NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS
 ______________________________)


I. BACKGROUND

The public hearings described in this Notice are non-evidentiary in nature. It is the Committee's intention to receive public comments on the Metcalf project, which are not made under oath and are not subject to cross examination. In addition to the evidentiary hearing previously noticed for March 14, 2001, we will hear that evening, from the parties regarding "override" criteria as well as from public officials, agency spokespersons, and representatives of any organization interested in the Metcalf project. On the evening of Friday, March 23, 2001, we will hear from any member of the public who wishes to make a public comment about the project.


II. NOTICE OF NON-EVIDENTIARY PUBLIC HEARINGS

Statements Limited to Public Officials, and Representatives of Interested Organizations
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14, 2001
[Following daytime Evidentiary Hearing]
- and, if necessary -

NOTE: MEETING CONTINUATION CANCELLED!!


FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2001

#412 Coyote Grange Hall, Coyote Valley, San Jose
(located on the east side of Monterey Road
between Metcalf Road and Bailey Avenue, south of San Jose)

-and-

Comments by Members of the General Public
FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2001
NOTE TIME CHANGE!
Beginning at 6 p.m.

Beginning at 7 p.m.
County of Santa Clara
1555 Berger Drive, Building 2
San Jose, California 95112
[Wheelchair Accessible]


A. Hearing Procedures

The purpose of these non-evidentiary hearings is to hear comments on the evening of March 14th from the parties in the case regarding the appropriate legal and conceptual criteria for the Commission to apply in considering an override of local land use requirements. In addition, the Committee will take comment from official representatives. If necessary, the hearing will be continued to Friday, March 16, 2001.

On the evening of March 23rd the Committee will hear comments from members of the general public regarding their views about the proposed Metcalf project. At these non-evidentiary hearings the Committee will not take formal, sworn testimony or official exhibits from the parties. Rather, these hearings are intended to be less formal than the evidentiary hearings.

Any party or interested agency proposing to sponsor a speaker on the evening of March 14, 2001, must notify Gary Fay, the Acting Hearing Officer, no later than noon on Friday, March 9, 2001. Depending on the number of representatives who wish to speak, the Committee may have to limit the amount of time for each speaker. Speakers are not required to file their statements in advance and they will not be sworn in prior to making their statements.

Please note that the January 17, 2001, Notice identified Wednesday, March 14, 2001, as a day for evidentiary hearings. While the Committee will take evidence on March 14th as needed, the evidentiary portion of that day's hearing will conclude by 5 p.m.

For those members of the general public who wish to address the Committee on the evening of March 23, 2001, no advanced arrangements need to be made.


B. Public Participation

Spokespersons for organizations and for interested governmental agencies are invited to make, statements to the Committee on the evening of March 14, 2001, and may offer unsworn public comment about the Metcalf project. The hearing to be held on the evening of March 23, 2001, will be primarily reserved for the Committee to receive unsworn public comments by any members of the public who wish to comment on the Metcalf project. The comments received on March 14th, and 23rd will be entered into the record of the proceeding and may be used to supplement or explain the evidence of record. Public comments by themselves, however, are not sufficient to support a finding of fact or a decision on an issue.

The Commission's Public Adviser, Roberta Mendonca, is available to provide information or to assist those interested in participating at these hearings. She may be reached at (916) 654-4489 or, toll free, at 1-800-822-6228; her e-mail address is: pao@energy.state.ca.us


C. Further Information

If you require special accommodations, contact Robert Sifuentes at (916) 654-5004 at least five days prior to the hearings you wish to attend. News media inquiries should be directed to Claudia Chandler at (916) 654-4989, or e-mail: energia@energy.ca.gov

Paul Richins, the Commission's Project Manager, will respond to technical questions concerning the Metcalf Energy Center at (916) 654-4074, or e-mail: prichins@energy.state.ca.gov Information concerning the status of the project, as well as notices and other relevant documents, is also available on the Energy Commission's Internet home page at:

www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/metcalf

Questions of a legal or procedural nature should be directed to the Acting Hearing Officer, Gary Fay, at (916) 654-3893, or at: gfay@energy.state.ca.us



Date On Line: March 6, 2001


ENERGY RESOURCES CONSERVATION
AND DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION




ROBERT A. LAURIE, Commissioner
Presiding Member
Metcalf AFC Committee




WILLIAM J. KEESE, Chairman
Associate Member
Metcalf AFC Committee

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