Like every court system in California, San Mateo County felt the pinch of budget cuts this year, and it’s enough to rattle administrators. In January, Gov. Jerry Brown proposed cuts that would leave the court with a crippling $4.5 million deficit. Read More
The California agency investigating the deadly 2010 gas pipeline explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area neighborhood recommended Monday that Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pay a $2.25 billion fine for its negligence leading to the blast.The penalty would be the largest ever assessed by a state regulator, officials said. Read More
The California Public Utilities Commission has cancelled a gas safety symposium after San Bruno officials criticized plans for commissioners to appear alongside Pacific Gas & Electric Co. officials.
The commission is negotiating penalties for the deadly PG&E pipeline explosion in San Bruno. Read More
A Peninsula state senator has introduced legislation that would require the California Public Utilities Commission to separate its judicial and prosecutorial functions in the wake of its handling of the deadly 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion. Read More
With the new year comes the new laws. Here are some of those going into effect in 2013.
While state regulators approved a new pipeline safety plan for PG&E on Thursday, neither the utility nor its opponents voiced pleasure with the ruling and how it will affect company ratepayers or shareholders. Read More
The hearings and court cases stemming from the 2010 explosion of a PG&E pipeline in San Bruno have taken a welcome turn toward openness — a sign that the victims of the blast could receive justice after all.
On the evening of Sept. 9, 2010, a natural-gas transmission pipeline owned and operated by PG&E exploded, and the blast and subsequent conflagration swept through the Crestmoor neighborhood, killing eight people and destroying dozens of homes. Read More
Former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell has stepped down from overseeing private settlement talks over a deadly Northern California pipeline explosion after state regulators set up a mediation process criticized by several parties as an unfair, backroom deal.
The California Public Utilities Commission appointed the former Senate Majority Leader earlier this month to mediate a settlement aimed at determining how much Pacific Gas & Electric Co. should be fined for the blast. Read More
Regulatory agencies established to watch over public utilities often become too close with the companies they oversee. The latest example of such cozy relations involves the ongoing investigations into the deadly San Bruno blast and the conduct of the power company behind that tragedy, PG&E. Read More
Politicians and reform groups are denouncing the California Public Utilities Commission’s recent decision to retain an outside mediator to preside over settlement negotiations with PG&E regarding the San Bruno blast. Read More