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PG&E pays the price for deadly explosion — CA doesn’t

July 23, 2013 By Laer Pearce. Late on a September afternoon in 2010, the big orange California sun was dropping toward Sweeney Ridge just east of the blue-collar town of San Bruno on the San Francisco Peninsula. Families were preparing dinner and catching up on the day’s activities when, at 6:11 p.m., a section of pipe in a 30-inch-diameter intrastate natural gas pipeline owned by Pacific Gas & Electric rup...

Billboard lobbyist advised both sides of Placentia advertising deal

July 22, 2013 By John Hrabe. The Placentia city administrator at the center of a controversial outdoor advertising proposal admits the city was already in discussions with Lamar Advertising Company when the city brought on the company’s lobbyist as an outside consultant to the city. Placentia City Administrator Troy Butzlaff told that he doesn’t see anything wrong with Lamar’s lobbyist K...

‘Big Sis’ bad choice for UC

July 22, 2013 By Steven Greenhut. Editor's note: This is Steven Greenhut's final column for, which he started in 2009. He is the new Sacramento columnist for the U-T San Diego. We wish him well in his new job. Feel free to contact him at: [email protected] July 22, 2013 By Steven Greenhut SACRAMENTO -- With its 10 campuses, nearly 200,000 staff and $20 billion annual budget, the University of ...

Vidak state Senate race could impact Dem supermajority

July 21, 2013 By Katy Grimes. Central Valley Senate District 16 is a crucial one for Democrats in the Capitol. They need it to keep their two-thirds supermajority that allows them to raise fees and taxes without any Republican votes. Candidates Andy Vidak, a Republican, and Leticia Perez, a Democrat, are facing a runoff election July 23. And it's getting messy. Allegations of unfair and negative campaigning ...
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