More than 250 miles of high-pressure gas pipelines throughout California will immediately be tested or replaced because PG&E lacks documentation to prove they are safe.On Sept. 9, a gas pipeline owned by Pacific Gas and Electric exploded in San Bruno, killing 8 people, injuring dozens more, and destroying much of a neighborhood in the San Francisco suburb. Read More
A San Bruno man accused of threatening to kill public officials and attorneys in dozens of raging phone messages was deemed not competent to stand trial Monday. Read More
The mental evaluation of a San Bruno man who allegedly threatened to kill public officials and attorneys on the Peninsula is complete, with the results set to be revealed Monday.John Costa’s attorney postponed criminal proceedings against the “paranoid” 64-year-old after questioning his competency to stand trial, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. Read More
Nearly a week after being raided and shut down by state and federal agencies, the San Bruno Artichoke Joe’s card room won approval to temporarily reopen Friday morning — with strict regulations — following a hearing before the state’s gambling commission. Read More
The exact corner where the San Bruno gas pipeline blew a crater in the ground was singled out by PG&E nearly two decades ago as an area of “possible slope instability” because it skirted the powerful and active San Andreas fault so closely.
But despite identifying it as a hazardous site, Pacific Gas and Electric chose not to replace that section of pipe in the mid-1990s when they replaced almost all the pipe around it. Read More
In 2008, David Amos and his wife relocated from Southern California to San Jose, right across the street from Caltrain’s Tamien station. Both of them planned to rely heavily on Caltrain to commute to and from work. Read More
PG&E customers might face a rate increase to offset some of the costs of safety measures the utility company will launch in response to criticisms it faced about the causes of and response to the deadly San Bruno explosion. Read More
A few weeks after gas pipeline 132 in San Bruno split open and spewed a deadly geyser of flames, PG&E sent a robot with a camera through the out-of-service pipelines around the break, searching for other potential hazards that had existed in it without their knowledge.
And they apparently found plenty. Read More
Caltrain riders flooded a Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board meeting in San Carlos on Thursday morning to plead against station closures in their cities as the agency grapples with a $30 million budget deficit. The board is considering terminating service at up to seven Caltrain stations including South San Francisco, Belmont, San Bruno and the College Park station in San Jose. Read More
The third and final day of pipeline safety hearings opened Thursday morning with a discussion about how they should best be tested.The pipeline that exploded in San Bruno on Sept. 9 had been tested only with a method that could not have possibly detected the pipe’s fatal flaws, and regulators are examining whether more rigorous testing methods should be required on more of the large, high-pressure lines that run under neighborhoods in every city in America. Read More