The bill that may cinch re-election for Steve Glazer

State Sen. Steve Glazer may not exude much warmth toward constituents, but some of election year strategies in recent years have been electric. Days before Thanksgiving, Glazer announced a bill proposed for the next legislative session in January that would ease some of the more inconvenient aspects of PG&E's power shut-offs -- the inability to … Continue reading The bill that may cinch re-election for Steve Glazer

Power shut-offs also impacted San Leandro with police overtime costs

San Leandro's response to two power shut-offs by Pacific Gas & Electric last October was suboptimal, but the city ultimately learned from its early mistakes, city officials said. The pair of power shut-offs, which occurred in the northeastern area of San Leandro, came with a price tag to the city of at least $15,000 in … Continue reading Power shut-offs also impacted San Leandro with police overtime costs

Oakland, Berkeley, Hayward mayors back movement for customer-owned PG&E

A group of 22 California mayors and five county supervisors representing more than 5 million residents want PG&E to become a public co-op. A letter from the growing number of civic leaders was sent Monday to the California Public Utilities Commission urging them to consider the idea of a customer-owned public utility. The argue the […]

Khanna wants PG&E to become a public utility

Rep. Ro Khanna called on the state of California to take public ownership of the increasingly troubled PG&E. Amid several rounds of large and unprecedented power shut-offs in recent weeks intended to lower the potential of its transmission lines igniting wildfires in Northern California, Khanna told CNBC on Tuesday that PG&E's response to the wildfires … Continue reading Khanna wants PG&E to become a public utility

Report: Quirk authored ‘PG&E bailout bill’ while son works for the utility

Legislation authored by Hayward Assemblymember Bill Quirk that would allow PG&E to pay off damages related to the destructive NorCal wildfires last year with state-backed bonds has been labeled by some critics as a bailout for the utility. The bill currently under consideration in the assembly is likely to face a rising tenor of opposition … Continue reading Report: Quirk authored ‘PG&E bailout bill’ while son works for the utility