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Nearly Four Years After Deadly Explosion, San Bruno Continues to Recover

July 31, 2014

The Examiner: It has been nearly four years since the deadly disaster, but its aftereffects have not passed. The explosion affected pipeline safety, sparking a series of new laws, procedural changes and fines.

PG&E, Our Indifferent Regulators, and the 8 Dead of San Bruno

July 30, 2014

Los Angeles Times: If you're curious about how Pacific Gas & Electric managed to flout gas line safety rules for years, and why there's reason to doubt that the California Public Utilities Commission will hold the company fully responsible for the explosion that destroyed a California neighborhood in 2010, here's the answer.

Editorial: Emails Show Brown Must Fire PUC Chief Peevey

July 30, 2014

Oakland Tribune: We knew Michael Peevey was PG&E's biggest ally in fending off accountability for the deadly San Bruno explosion. We knew the president of the California Public Utility Commission placed his cozy relationship with the utility above any responsibility to the public. We've been calling for his head for three years.

State Senator Says PG&E Trying To Get Away With Murder; Emails Following Deadly 2010 San Bruno Explosion Examined

July 28, 2014

KCBS: The City of San Bruno is making their case against what they call a cozy relationship between PG&E and its regulator, the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC), after the city obtained emails through a lawsuit following the deadly gas pipeline explosion in 2010 that leveled a neighborhood, killing eight people.

San Bruno Presses PUC to Force PG&E to Produce More Accurate Records

July 23, 2014

Oakland Tribune: In a filing that ultimately could force PG&E to reduce pressure in some of its natural gas lines, San Bruno city officials and a key unit with a powerful state agency this week demanded that California regulators require the utility to produce improved records for multiple gas pipelines.

San Mateo Limo Fire Fine Cut by 75 Percent

July 17, 2014

Mercury News: A state agency recently criticized for weak investigations and soft penalties has quietly slashed by 75 percent its fine against a limousine company whose car burned on the San Mateo Bridge last year, killing five women on their way to a wedding party..."Those fines should have been much higher," said state Senator Jerry Hill.

California Public Utilities Commission OKs Safety Policy Amid Storm of Criticism

July 10, 2014

Contra Costa Times: After years of scathing criticism over failures to make sure PG&E natural gas pipelines don't blow up and passengers can get out of burning limousines, a state agency on Thursday adopted a "safety-first" policy.

Access Fight Rages: Martin’s Beach at Center of Legislative Efforts, State Budget, Pending Court Case

June 21, 2014

Daily Journal: The battle to reopen Martin’s Beach to the public will proceed in Sacramento Tuesday, despite a near hostile legislative amendment induced by politicians’ fear of using eminent domain and alleged lobbying efforts afforded by the billionaire landowner.

Editorial: Legislature Should Protect All Our Communities from Oil-Train Risks

June 19, 2014

Fresno Bee: As part of the budget they approved Sunday, legislators added seven rail-safety inspectors. They also included a 6.5-cent fee proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown on each barrel of crude oil that comes to California by rail. The $11 million or so raised annually will be used to prevent and clean up oil spills, especially in inland waterways.

Editorial: When a Car Rats You Out: Your License Plate vs. Your Privacy

June 05, 2014

Los Angeles Times: In classic detective novels, a plucky investigator sometimes spots the license number of a suspicious car and wheedles his pals at the DMV to "run the plate" and match it with a name and address. But modern technology has exponentially increased the amount of license plate information available to law enforcement and to a thriving private industry of license plate scanners. A bill that would have set privacy standards for the collection and storage of license plate data has stalled in the state Senate, but the issue isn't going away.