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San Jose Mercury: PG&E leniency demands explanation

PG&E had taken money from ratepayers for gas pipeline maintenance and instead used it for shareholder dividends and executive bonuses. These are facts. San Jose Mercury News August 2, 2016 The federal attorneys who so effectively prosecuted the criminal case … Continue reading

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Prosecutors ripped after slashing potential PG&E San Bruno fine by 99 percent

From CBS, Sacramento August 3, 2016 SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A surprising decision by federal prosecutors in San Francisco to drop their pursuit of a potential $562 million fine against one of the nation’s largest utilities after a deadly pipeline … Continue reading

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“Unbelievable”: federal prosecutors abruptly drop fines 99% at PG&E trial

From the San Jose Mercury PG&E trial: Prosecution unexpectedly drops maximum potential penalty to $6 million By George Avalos, gavalos@bayareanewsgroup.com August 3, 2016 See related stories below. PG&E will no longer face more than $500 million in fines if it … Continue reading

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CPUC internal emails now in a searchable database for citizen activists to investigate

“This is the political equivalent of the citizen science project. What we’re hoping to do is give citizen activists the opportunity to explore and chart new constellations of corruption.” In total, the database contains more than 130,000 emails and other … Continue reading

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More email revelations: JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank, Citigroup, BoA, and UBS oppose CPUC reform, want continued “supportive” agency

Reform of utility regulatory agencies is presently impossible. Public outcry is essential, and by and large, the public doesn’t care. Secondly, regulatory commissions in the United States are industry-facing, together with their parent organization the National Association of Regulatory Utility … Continue reading

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California ballot initiative would eliminate investor-owned utilities, establish statewide public utility

From Utility Dive Herman K. Trabish November 3, 2015 Dive Brief: The California Secretary of State last week approved a ballot proposal for signature gathering that would replace the state’s three investor-owned utilities with a single, statewide public power district, … Continue reading

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Gov. Jerry Brown vetoes 50 CPUC reforms approved by the California legislature

“Californians pay for the broken culture of the CPUC every day – from higher utility bills to the devastation of safety failures,” said Assemblyman Anthony Rendon, D-Lakewood, who authored three of the bills. “My proposals, along with those of my Senate … Continue reading

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