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San Bruno: PUC Orders Fresh Investigations into PG&E's Conduct

November 24, 2015

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.

California Regulators Cut Anti-Terror Spending for Power Plants

November 23, 2015 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.

S.F. Mayor Lee Wants ‘100 Percent’ Inspections After Bus Crash

November 20, 2015

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 Francisco Mayor Calls for Tougher Tour Bus Inspections

November 20, 2015

NBC Bay Area: San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is calling for tougher inspections on tour buses one week after a runaway bus injured 20 people in one of the city's tourist magnets: Union Square.

Reporter's Notebook: Hill Named a MADD 2015 Legislator of the Year

November 20, 2015

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.

Alameda County Becomes First in State to Regulate Cellphone Surveillance Tool

November 19, 2015

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.

Residents Concerned About Herbicide Spraying Plan to Meet with Senator Hill

November 19, 2015

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.

State Senator Calls PG&E into Power Line Maintenance Hearing

November 18, 2015

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.

California Focuses on Power Lines as Top Cause of Wildfires

November 18, 2015

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.

Deadly Fire Brings More Scrutiny to California Utilities

November 18, 2015

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.