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Emails Cast Clouds Over PUC Ties to PG&E and Wall Street

May 25, 2016

Mercury News: In the wake of a deadly pipeline blast that leveled a San Bruno neighborhood, a batch of 100,000 emails from state regulators has raised fresh questions about the integrity of the Public Utilities Commission and how it oversees big power companies, a consumer advocacy group said Tuesday.

Grieving Parents Push for Ignition Interlock Legislation to Prevent DUIs

May 23, 2016

KFBK Radio: Senator Jerry Hill says his bill that would put an ignition interlocking device in the car of every drunk driver could save thousands of lives.

Questions Surround PUC Map Aimed at Preventing Power Line Fires

May 19, 2016

NBC Bay Area: An area in Calaveras County that was ravaged by the Butte Fire last fall had been designated low risk on a map used by state officials to gauge fire danger.

Butte Fire Area Not High Hazard According to Public Utilities Map

May 16, 2016

Calaveras Enterprise: Calaveras County Supervisor Cliff Edson and a state senator have joined forces to urge the California Public Utilities Commission to revise maps that do not show the Butte Fire area as one that faces a high risk of fires caused by utility lines.

Editorial: Governor Should Give Schools More Flexibility

May 12, 2016

San Francisco Chronicle: The volatility of the state’s economy should give the governor good reason to restore the authority of local school districts to create a buffer for future downturns.

California’s Medical Board Declares Neutrality On Proposed Doctor Disclosure Law

May 09, 2016

California Healthline: The 15-member board that monitors physicians in California Friday declared its neutrality on pending state legislation that would require doctors to notify their patients if they are put on probation for serious violations, including gross negligence, sexual misconduct and felony convictions related to the care they provide.

When Covered California Goes Wrong, Insureds Get the Runaround

May 08, 2016

San Francisco Chronicle: When it comes to signing up customers, Covered California has been a success. But when it comes to serving customers, the independent public agency — now in its third year of helping individuals and small businesses get federally subsidized or free health insurance — still has growing pains.

Alert System Proposed as Chance of Major California Quake Likely

May 06, 2016

KCRA: The probability of a magnitude 6.7 or greater earthquake rattling California in the next 30 years is 99.7 percent, according to U.S. Geological Survey scientists, but a bill in state Senate is looking to a warning system to help limit some of the devastation.

PG&E Monthly Gas Bills Could Soon Soar

May 06, 2016

San Francisco Chronicle: In a long-delayed aftershock of the 2010 San Bruno pipeline blast, the amount of money Pacific Gas and Electric Co. collects from customers each year to upgrade its natural gas network could soar 83 percent by the end of 2017, under two proposed decisions from California regulators.

New Findings at California Earthquake Conference Ignite Push for Early-Warning System

May 05, 2016

NBC Bay Area:

New findings at an earthquake conference in Long Beach this week say the San Andreas Fault is primed for a major earthquake. The new findings are why a State Sen. Jerry Hill, D- San Mateo, is pushing a bill to use taxpayer money to help pay for a statewide earthquake early-warning system.