A house fire in the Upper Haight neighborhood Tuesday afternoon might have been caused by an illegal marijuana-growing operation.
But before you say “not surprising (it is the Haight, after all),” police at the scene of the 1:30 p.m. blaze on Page Street near Ashbury Street said grow operations are not common there. Read More
California has sold out of the first pollution permits issued at an inaugural auction as part of a landmark offensive against greenhouse gases, regulators said Monday, adding that the sale went smoothly.
The effort to curtail carbon emissions involved the sale of 23.1 million permits — each allowing for the release of 1 ton of carbon — for $10.09 apiece, the California Air Resources Board said. Read More
Legislation might put an end to the so-called revolving door of employees between the California Public Utilities Commission and the utilities it regulates, state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, said Tuesday. Read More
The utility company responsible for last year’s deadly pipeline explosion on a quiet suburban street in San Bruno announced Tuesday it’s claiming financial liability.
However, residents affected by the blast say that’s not enough, and many still think PG&E needs to pay for what it did to the neighborhood. Residents said they plan to hold the company responsible for punitive damages by pursuing their original lawsuits. Read More
A 5,300-pound bell that survived the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and is worth an estimated $75,000 was stolen last weekend by recycling thieves probably hoping to scrap it for about $10,000.
The theft of this historic bell from St. Mary’s Cathedral is just the latest in a rash of alarming metal thefts across The City. The Police Department recently launched a special investigations unit specifically to combat such thefts. Read More
In an all-day hearing, federal investigators summed up what many residents of San Bruno assumed months ago: PG&E is to blame for a massive pipeline blast that leveled a neighborhood and killed eight people one year ago.
National Transportation Safety Board investigators concluded the powerful utility company had several opportunities to avert the deadly Sept. 9 explosion, but failed to do so. The tragedy was made worse by PG&E’s poor response after the disaster. Read More
PG&E and state regulators were more focused on “checking boxes” than on actually analyzing the safety of their system and learning from problems and mistakes, according to a strongly worded report released by an independent review panel Thursday. Read More
When news spread that a quiet San Bruno neighborhood was going up in flames, emergency officials from more than a dozen cities and three counties immediately came together in a massive, coordinated effort to save lives and homes.And that effort wasn’t cheap. Read More
San Bruno residents will have a chance to tell regulators how California’s gas pipeline rules should be changed to prevent tragedies like the deadly explosion that rocked their town last September. Read More
The second power outage in one day left more than 4,400 San Francisco Pacific Gas & Electric customers without power Friday night.PG&E spokesman J.D. Guidi said the outage, which began at 8:28 p.m., originally affected 5,050 customers near Noe Valley.Two PG&E workers arrived in the affected area at about 8:50 p.m., Guidi said, and were working to fully restore service but had yet to identify the source of the outage. Read More