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Regulators to consider breaking up scandal-plagued PG&E

A California Public Utilities Commission report that Pacific Gas & Electric failed to fulfill its responsibilities to properly maintain natural gas lines from 2012 to 2017 even after a natural gas explosion killed eight people in San Bruno in 2010

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Wary of bankruptcy, PG&E seeks protection from wildfire costs

California’s three large investor-owned utilities are renewing efforts to allow them to make ratepayers cover the costs of wildfires that authorities blame on utilities’ mistakes or poor maintenance. Pacific Gas & Electric officials made this clear last week when they

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Is lack of competition leading to costly electricity glut?

SACRAMENTO – A top California utility official once quipped that he was one of the few executives in the country who earned a profit merely by remodeling his office. He was referring to the way the state’s regulated utility system

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – December 29

Short-term pain with ACA repeal CA wall of debt Brown taps two top advisors for CPUC posts Former Lt. Gov. for Trump’s agriculture secretary? New disclosure rules show greater detail of lobbyists’ influence Good morning! TGIT. Republicans in Washington appear

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – December 5

Voter fraud in CA? Public workers strike canceled, deal reached with state Lawmakers urge new AG to step up CPUC probe Democrats want funding for legal bills for undocumented immigrants CA Democrats want ban on offshore drilling Good morning! Legislators

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – September 12

What happened to CA oil exploration? Did governor’s veto threat sink CPUC reform? Out-of-state financial support for pot legalization causing controversy Darrell Issa and Loretta Sanchez make strange bedfellows Anti-Vax doctor under fire Good morning. Hopefully everyone enjoyed the return of NFL

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – August 29

Legislators asking for hike in gas tax to fund transpo plan Transpo plan and other big items going unresolved this session PUC overhaul not enough? Assembly members retaliate against fellow Democratic Senator Sen. Leno says bye to Sacramento Good morning.

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CA infrastructure spending hits impasse

With big infrastructure questions still unanswered, Gov. Jerry Brown has found himself at loggerheads with lawmakers in Sacramento. From water storage to road repair and beyond, legislators have not met Brown eye to eye, raising the prospect of a protracted conflict

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Lawmakers upset with vetoes of PUC reforms

Many state lawmakers appeared surprised and upset with Gov. Jerry Brown’s weekend decision to veto six measures adopted in response to a series of scandals at the California Public Utilities Commission that have prompted criminal and civil investigations as well

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Unique “behested” campaign donations prop up nonprofits, political endeavors in growing numbers

Donations to special interests on behalf of statewide officeholders have grown from $250,000 in 2000 to $4.9 million so far this year, records show. The donations, which can be solicited by the charity or the officeholder, are unlimited and need

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