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June 07, 2012

California's budget outlook is grim, so it's no wonder legislators are hovering to pounce on the hundreds of millions of dollars that Pacific Gas & Electric is likely to pay in fines for its role in the 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion. But there is a more appropriate way to use the money than mixing it into the general fund.

June 06, 2012

Fog and rain couldn't keep the crowds from the Oyster Point Ferry Terminal Monday morning to celebrate a historic event: the launch of commuter ferry service between South San Francisco and the East Bay.

The first commuter ferry to launch in the Bay Area since 1992 was sent off with pomp and circumstance, with performances by the South San Francisco High School band and speeches by local politicians, including Congresswoman Jackie Speier and Mayor Richard Garbarino.

June 04, 2012

Hundreds gathered at the San Mateo County Event Center's Cypress Hall on Sunday afternoon to pay tribute to John Lee, a former San Mateo mayor, community advocate and friend, who died May 7 after a battle with cancer.

"Our family is in awe at just how many lives my father touched," John Lee Jr. said in his opening remarks at the memorial.

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May 31, 2012

Pacific Gas & Electric is facing state fines for the deadly San Bruno pipeline explosion, a deserved hit that may rise past $200 million. The sum is due to go into the state's general revenue kitty, but is that the best way to protect consumers and get repair work done?

That's the question raised by two state legislators who want the money to be spent by PG&E on pipeline upgrades. The fines would go a long way toward defraying the costs of repairs that would otherwise be financed by increases in consumer bills.

May 30, 2012

A bill introduced in the state Legislature Tuesday by Assemblyman Jerry Hill would require any fines on PG&E related to the 2010 explosion in San Bruno to go toward improvements to the utility's natural-gas pipelines, the Mercury News reports.

PG&E has set aside $200 million to cover possible fines it expects from the blast.

Under current law those fines would be put into the state's general fund.

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May 30, 2012

Two Bay Area lawmakers want to use revenue raised from fines leveled against Pacific Gas & Electric Co. - in connection with 2010's San Bruno gas line explosion - to pay for upgrades to the utility's transmission system, saying the move will save ratepayers hundreds of millions of dollars.

Under current state law, any fine assessed by the California Public Utilities Commission goes to the state's general spending account, which pays for schools, prisons and other state programs.

May 29, 2012

Assemblyman Jerry Hill on Tuesday introduced legislation that would require any state-imposed fines on PG&E over the deadly 2010 explosion in San Bruno to go toward the utility's work to improve its natural gas transmission pipelines.

May 29, 2012

SAN BRUNO, Calif. — In an attempt to save PG&E ratepayers hundreds of millions of dollars over the next 50 years, state Assemblyman Jerry Hill introduced legislation Tuesday morning that aims to use fines levied against the utility to reduce costs associated with upgrading its pipeline system.

PG&E executives said earlier this year that the company expects to pay at least $200 million in fines associated with three separate investigations by the California Public Utilities Commission into the deadly

May 22, 2012

Fifty years after a California Highway Patrol officer was gunned down in a Burlingame restaurant, a rest stop off of Interstate 280 in San Mateo County is being renamed in his honor.

Assemblyman Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, Monday joined relatives of the late CHP Officer Dale Krings and dozens of law enforcement officers from throughout the county to announce that the Crystal Springs Safety Roadside Rest Area near Hillsborough will be renamed the Dale M. Krings Memorial Rest Area.

May 15, 2012

Legislation introduced Monday in Sacramento would hold executives at PG&E Corp. and California's other big utility companies personally responsible for corporate wrongdoing that happens during their tenure, revoking their bonuses and subjecting them to million-dollar fines.