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Attorney Howard V. Golub - Brother of Judge Golub

Howard V. Golub

Former Senior Counsel for PG&E brother of Judge Joel Golub former traffic commissioner Walnut Creek Superior Court

Howard V. Golub
At a Glance

Howard is a recognized leader among energy law practitioners in California.

Built on a foundation of decades of experience with both the law and with key decision-makers, Howard consistently develops innovative solutions delivering outstanding results for his clients.

From 1986 to 1994 he was vice president and general counsel of the Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

At a Glance

Howard is a recognized leader among energy law practitioners in California.
Built on a foundation of decades of experience with both the law and with key decision-makers, Howard consistently develops innovative solutions delivering outstanding results for his clients.
From 1986 to 1994 he was vice president and general counsel of the Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

Howard Golub provides services to a wide range of clients in the energy industry, including utilities, large consumers, public agencies, independent power producers, and developers of technologies for the production of energy.

Howard’s work includes strategic planning, merger and acquisition, utility system creation, franchise agreements, energy project development, contract negotiation and formulation, contract restructuring and alternative dispute resolution. He makes appearances before a variety of federal and state agencies.

Howard focuses on clients’ objectives, primarily in the areas of developing new opportunities, improving their competitiveness and defending existing rights through an integrated regulatory-transactional approach. For example, he created a strategy that allowed one client to develop an independent and fully functioning electric distribution enterprise, taking less than six months from conception to operation — an unprecedented and cost-effective solution. Another client was facing financial ruin until Howard developed a regulatory strategy to cure several years of poor decisions by prior management. A third client was saved $350 million in utility charges.

The energy industry, particularly in California, has been in a state of change for some years and that process will continue — particularly in the areas of price structures, infrastructure development, integration of environmental mandates, transmission access, competition, energy efficiency, renewable energy development, rate design and development of new market entrants. These changes represent significant opportunity for astute market participants.

Representative matters include:

  • Creation of new utility systems and counseling developing systems
  • Community choice aggregation
  • Feasibility studies involving legal, regulatory, operational and financial issues
  • Rulemaking proceedings
  • Rate-setting and rate design proceedings
  • Discounted power rates
  • Utility exit fees
  • Utility tariff interpretation and modification
  • Power sales agreements, both for sellers and buyers
  • Interconnection agreements and transmission access agreements
  • Natural gas supply agreements
  • Development of renewable resource power projects
  • Hydroelectric licensing
  • Certificates of public convenience and necessity
  • Franchise agreements
  • Utility rights-of-way
  • Environmental compliance

From 1986 to 1994 Howard was vice president and general counsel of the Pacific Gas and Electric Company, one of the largest energy utility companies in the United States. He reported directly to the Board of Directors and to the chief executive officer and served on the company’s Management Committee consisting of the CEO and 10 other senior officers. As chief legal officer of the company, he had extensive experience with all aspects of energy law – regulation, legislation, commercial transactional and litigation. He was also PG&E’s lead environmental officer, responsible for environmental policy and for auditing environmental compliance. He formulated and implemented a proactive environmental program which increased competitiveness and earnings, was strongly endorsed by national environmental leaders, and personally awarded the nation’s highest environmental medal by the President of the United States.

Prior to entering private practice, Howard was an assistant district attorney for New York County (1968-1969) and an officer in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the U.S. Navy (1969-1973) where he tried numerous courts-martial and later served as a U.S. Military Judge. After leaving active duty, Howard remained in the Naval Reserves, rising to the rank of captain.
Howard is admitted to numerous federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court.


  • Harvard Law School, J.D.
  • Hunter College, B.A. cum laude (Phi Beta Kappa)
  • Naval War College: Senior Reserve Officer Course
  • MIT Sloan School of Management: Executive Management Program for General Counsel.


  • California
  • New York


  • Northern California Super Lawyers, Energy, 2004

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Mayor Laura M. Hoffmeister
Portrait of Laura HoffmeisterLaura Hoffmeister, a lifelong Concord resident, was first elected to the City Council in 1997 and reelected in 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014. She served as Mayor in 2001, 2005, 2009, and 2011, Vice Mayor in 2000, 2004 and 2015, and Chair of the Concord Redevelopment Agency in 1999, 2003, and 2008.
Hoffmeister is active in her support of the various veterans and support organizations including VFW Post 1525 - Clayton Valley; Blue Star Moms and Diablo Valley Veterans. She is a past recipient of Contra Costa Women's Hall of Fame Community Leadership Award.
Prior to election, Hoffmeister served as Chair of the Redevelopment Advisory Committee (RAC), Vice Chair of the Design Review Board, and was an active member of the Economic Development Task Force, Main Street Committee, County Connection Citizen Advisory Committee and the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce.
She formerly served on the boards of the Concord Historical Society, American Association of University Women, and is a graduate of Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce's "Leadership Concord" Academy.
She holds a BS degree in City and Environmental Planning from the University of California, Davis.

Divider Line Vice Mayor Ron Leone
Portrait of Ron LeoneRon Leone, a resident of Concord since 1978, was elected to the City Council in 2010, re-elected in 2014. He served as Mayor in 2012 and Vice Mayor in 2014. Leone served 35 years in education as a high school teacher and principal. He was the teacher of the year in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District and teachers' association president. He coached high school baseball, and several championship mock trial and constitutional academic teams.
Leone was raised in the lower socio-economic, Bay View/Hunter's Point District of San Francisco, but worked his way through college earning his BA and teaching credential from San Francisco State and his MA and Administrative credential from St. Mary's college in Moraga.
Prior to his election on the City Council he served as an elected member of the Mt. Diablo Hospital District Board for 16 years; he also served as the Chairman of the Board of the John Muir Hospitals and the City's Planning Commission.

Divider Line Councilmember Edi E. Birsan
Portrait of Edi BirsanEdi E. Birsan was elected to the City Council in November 2012 after being the runner-up in the 2010 election. He is an active community leader and has served in many positions, from the Director of Community Services for Concord-Diablo Rotary to the President of the Friends of the Library, to volunteer for numerous non-profit organizations.
Birsan came to Concord in 1983 working for a global, inter-modal container leasing company. He started his own company in 1986, which currently focuses on certification/inspection and service in the inter-modal equipment field. He brings a history of running a small business as well as world-class experience in pioneering efforts at containerization of global trade.
Birsan was born and raised in New York City where he earned his B.A. degree in dual majors of History and Political Science from City University-CCNY. He and his wife (they were high school sweethearts) have raised two generations in Concord and have lived in the same house since 1983 in the area off of Monument Blvd.

Divider Line Councilmember Tim Grayson
Portrait of Tim GraysonTim Grayson has been a Concord resident since 2001 and was elected to serve on the Concord City Council in 2010, and re-elected in 2014. He served as Vice Mayor in 2013, Mayor in 2014 -15, Chair and Vice‐Chair of the Local Reuse Authority, and Redevelopment Chair and Vice‐Chair.
Grayson has been a general contractor since 1999, currently serves as the Concord Police Critical Response Chaplain, and leads a church congregation. He serves or has served on the following: Association of Bay Area Governments (city delegate), Citizen Core Emergency Response Team, League of Cities Community Services Committee (State), League of Cities Annual Conference Committee, U.S. Conference of Mayors Criminal and Social Justice Committee, U.S. Conference of Mayors Tourism, Arts, Parks, Entertainment, & Sports Committee, and member of the Concord Chamber of Commerce.
Grayson holds a B.A degree from Christian Life College in Stockton. He has received the Presidential Volunteer Service Award for the past six years, and successfully completed Levels I and II of the League of Cities Leadership Program. He and his wife Tammy have been married for 27 years and have two children, Joseph and Cassie.

Divider Line Councilmember Daniel C. Helix
Portrait of Dan HelixDaniel C. Helix was appointed to the City Council in February 2011to fill a vacant position, and was subsequently the top vote-getter in the November 2012 election. He served as mayor in 2013. Helix was previously elected to the City Council in 1968, was reelected in 1972 and served as Mayor from 1972-74. In 2007-08, he served as co-chair of the Community Advisory Committee for the Concord Naval Weapons Station Reuse Project.
Helix is a past president of the Rotary Club of Concord and the former Mt. Diablo Hospital Foundation, now John Muir Health, Concord Campus. He served on the Board of the All Wars Memorial Foundation and is active in numerous philanthropic and military organizations. He served on a U.S. Congressional Commission considering changes in the Department of the Army and Governor Schwarzenegger's Military Base Retention Commission.
Helix earned a bachelor's degree in History from the University of California at Berkeley, and a master's degree in Political Science at the San Francisco State University. Both degrees were conferred magna cum laude. He is a graduate of the Army's Command and General Staff College and the War College. Helix retired as a major general in the U. S. Army in 1989. He completed a 41-year career serving both on active duty and with the Army Reserve.
Helix is a published author of an award-winning novel set in the Korean War era and has several published articles and short stories that have been published in military journals. He lives in Concord with his wife, Mary Lou. They have two children and five grandchildren.

Divider Line Concord City Treasurer Tim McGallian
Portrait of Concord City TreasurerTim McGallian was appointed to the City Treasurer position by the City Council after the retirement of Thomas Wentling in July 2015. McGallian previously served on the City of Concord Planning Commission from 2010 to 2015 and is president of the Todos Santos Business Association Arts Foundation.
McGallian was vice-chair of the Board of Directors of the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce from 2010 to 2015, and chaired the Chamber’s Government Affairs and Economic Development Committee from 2008-2012.
He also has been active in community organizations, and served as president of the Greater Concord Kiwanis Club from 2009 to 2011 and as president of the St. Agnes School Board from 2008-2015. He has worked with the Boy Scouts, and served as head coach for the Concord American Little League and CYO Basketball.
McGallian is a Business Underwriting Specialist for State Farm Insurance for Alameda & Contra Costa Counties. He holds a BA in Strategic Management and another in Marketing from Sacramento State University. He had his wife, Michelle, have three children: Andrew Alyssa and Audrey.

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Council Standing Committees

There are currently five standing City Council Committees, each of which is made up of two Councilmembers. The committees meet monthly and make recommendations to the City Council for action on items they have considered.
The Mayor makes new committee assignments following the reorganization of the City Council at the end of the calendar year. Committee members serve one-year terms. Committee agendas are available on the City's Web site.
Committee Chair/Member Meeting Time
Housing and Economic Development Leone/Helix 4th Monday, 5:30 pm, Garden Conference Room
Infrastructure and Franchise Helix/Birsan 2nd Monday, 5:30 pm, Garden Conference Room
Policy Development and Internal Operations Hoffmeister/Leone 2nd Thursday, 5:30 pm, Garden Conference Room
Recreation, Cultural Affairs and Community Services Grayson/Hoffmeister 4th Thursday, 5:30 pm, City Manager's Conference Room
Youth and Education Birsan/Grayson 3rd Monday, 5:30 pm, Garden Conference Room
External Appointments Member/Alternate
Association of Bay Area Governments General Assembly (ABAG) Grayson/Helix
Central Contra Costa Transit Authority (CCCTA) Hoffmeister/Leone
Central County Literacy Coalition Birsan/Hoffmeister
Citizen Core Emergency Response Team Grayson/Helix
League of California Cities (East Bay Division) Leone/Grayson
Transportation Partnership and Cooperation Regional Committee (TRANSPAC)


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