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Breaking: California Supreme Court affirms municipal authority to regulate utilities and right-of-way ‘small cell’ towers

April 4, 2019, the California Supreme Court published an opinion supporting municipal authority to make regulations on so-called ‘small cell’ PROW (public right of way, aka ROW) towers and uses of the public’s right-of-way. This opinion affirms the 2016 appellate … Continue reading

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Boiling point: CPUC considers converting Pacific Gas and Electric into a publicly owned utility; sweeping measures proposed to resolve chronic safety problems

Investigation 15-08-019 (I.15-08-019) Order Instituting Investigation on the Commission’s Own Motion to Determine Whether Pacific Gas and Electric Company and PG&E Corporation’s Organizational Culture and Governance Prioritize Safety. Given PG&E’s record and the dangers inherent in PG&E’s service territory, the Commission … Continue reading

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Lawsuits in California claim faulty PG&E Smart Meters started house fires

The video shows meter vendors GE and Landis & Gyr. http://abc30.com/video/embed/?pid=2660552 He noticed several PG&E employees got there almost as quickly, and he says one of them removed the smart meter while the firefighters worked. Firebaugh’s fire chief saw it … Continue reading

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Is the CPUC unlawfully interfering with city ordinances on Smart Meters?

The California cities of Sebastopol and Fairfax adopted ordinances prohibiting installation of Smart Meters and infrastructure several years ago. This has been protested by PG&E and by the CPUC. On April 17, 2017, the CPUC sent new letters to the … Continue reading

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PG&E hired 101 unqualified pipeline inspectors in 2014. Over 18,000 severe corrosion problems detected throughout California by re-inspections

– Over 18,000 severe corrosion problems – Four years after San Bruno. – A light slap-on-the-wrist fine of $5.45 million by the PUC. – “Did not result in any injuries or property damage” or deaths…….. this time. – The “sad, … Continue reading

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Former PUC staff says PUC bias favors industry over public

From the San Diego Union-Tribune February 19, 2016 PUC bias favors industry over public By Kim Malcolm File – In this Sept. 9, 2010 file photo, a massive fire roars through a mostly residential neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif., after … Continue reading

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California lawmakers propose stripping power from CPUC

From KQED By Marisa Lagos February 3, 2016 A trio of lawmakers proposed the most far-reaching reform of the embattled California Public Utilities Commission to date, rolling out legislation Wednesday that would ask voters to strip the agency’s constitutional authority and … Continue reading

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