Contra Costa Times: SAN JOSE -- State regulators Thursday opened an investigation into the second major security breach at PG&E's Metcalf electricity substation in South San Jose amid rising criticism about how the embattled utility safeguards the region's vital electrical system.
San Mateo Daily Journal: A limousine safety bill inspired by a fatal fire on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge that claimed five lives awaits the governor’s signature after passage Wednesday by the state Legislature.
Fresno Bee: It speaks loudly about how campaign contributions carry the freight in Sacramento that there's a possibility the Assembly will trample all over grass-roots democracy before the weekend is over.
Mercury News: The same PG&E electricity substation hit by gunfire in 2013 has endured a fresh security breach, despite a wide-ranging upgrade of the facility's security systems, the utility reported Wednesday.
Mercury News: Supreme Court rulings leave little room to regulate the influence of big money on political campaigns except in one very important area: disclosure. Corporations, unions and other organizations have unfettered rights to bankroll campaigns, but at least they can still be required to clearly disclose who's writing the checks.
Sacramento Bee: As billionaires go, Vinod Khosla would seem to be an unlikely villain for environmentalists...Still, if Khosla thought his past work might have given him a pass, he definitely was mistaken.
NGI's Daily Gas Price Index: Three bills to tighten natural gas pipeline regulations -- one already awaiting the governor's signature and the other two awaiting floor votes -- have emerged as the California state legislature heads into its final week and mandated adjournment by Aug. 31.