San Jose Mercury News: - Regulators said Monday they have are investigating whether to punish PG&E for an array of improper communications with the state Public Utilities Commission regarding multiple proceedings linked to the company's electricity and gas systems, a fresh controversy for the embattled utility in the wake of a fatal explosion in San Bruno.
SFGate.com: A new state law mandating that utilities take steps to protect power plants from terrorist attacks is being held hostage in a fight between the California Public Utilities Commission and legislators over the agency’s $5 million legal tab in corruption investigations.
San Francisco Chronicle: San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee called Friday for every tour bus in the state to be inspected each year in the wake of the violent crash of an uninspected double-deck coach near Union Square that apparently lost its brakes.
San Mateo Daily Journal: State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, was named one of Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s “2015 Legislators of the Year” Tuesday for his legislative efforts in the California Senate to stop drunk driving.
OaklandNorth: Alameda County on Tuesday became the first county in California to regulate a controversial cellphone surveillance technology that police around the country, including Oakland, have used for years with little scrutiny.
The Almanac: Residents protesting Caltrans' spraying herbicides along the highways running through their neighborhoods say they will show up for a coffee Saturday, Nov. 21, with state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, to share their concerns.
KTVU: Power lines are an electric utility's equivalent of a natural gas pipelines. Poorly maintained, they can do awful damage, especially by starting big wildfires. Wednesday’s special state Senate hearing dealt with that very concern that has a track record of trouble.
Associated Press: California lawmakers focused Wednesday on power lines as a cause of devastating wildfires, possibly including a blaze this summer that killed two people and damaged or destroyed 965 structures in the Sierra Nevada foothills.
Sacramento Bee: The state’s largest utility company, Pacific Gas and Electric Co., is facing fallout from the devastation of the Butte Fire, with a growing body of lawsuits alleging power line mismanagement led to the blaze.