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After one hundred and fifteen years, PG&E is leaving The City for The Town.

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On this edition of  Your Call’s One Planet Series, we're speaking with journalists Alastair Gee and Dani Anguiano about their new book Fire in Paradise: An American Tragedy.

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The order comes about one month after PG&E pleaded guilty to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter during the 2018 Camp Fire. It was the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history. Investigations later revealed it began when one old and worn metal hook snapped off a transmission tower. 

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Pacific Gas and Electric has five months to get itself out of bankruptcy. The utility has to come up with a plan by June 30 if it wants to pull any money from a fund that would help it pay for future wildfire costs. Steven Weissman, who teaches Energy and Public Policy at UC Berkeley shares his predictions for the future of PG&E.

Early PG&E Blackouts Forewarned Later Problems

Dec 20, 2019
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The state senators grilling the CEO of Pacific Gas & Electric Corporation were upset — like millions of other Californians, some spent days in the dark when the nation’s largest utility shut off power during windstorms this fall.

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Pacific Gas & Electric began restoring power Thursday to some of the 120,000 people it intentionally blacked out to ease the risk of catastrophic wildfires.

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Last month, the Bay Area got a taste of what our new fire season could look like. Big fires, and big blackouts. And it’s not over yet.

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California regulators today launched an investigation into last month’s widespread power outages. Officials said they want to know what can be done to lessen the scope of blackouts in the future.

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On this edition of Your Call, we'll find out how people affected by the Kincade fire are coping after being evacuated and losing power. 

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More than 350,000 Californians remain without electricity today. The shutdowns were part of an effort by utility companies to prevent their equipment from sparking fires. Pacific Gas & Electric says more than 100,000 people remain without power here in the Bay Area.

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On this edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss the history and future of PG&E, California's largest utility.

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Pacific Gas & Electric restored power to thousands of Northern California customers on Wednesday after a shutdown to reduce the threat of wildfires.

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Pacific Gas & Electric is considering cutting power to try to head off wildfires sparked by electrical equipment, as fall brings back dangerous fire conditions that led to the deadliest and most destructive blazes in California history.

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On this edition of Your Call, we’ll be joined by Loretta Lynch, former president of the California Public Utilities Commission, the powerful state agency that regulates electric, natural gas, telecommunications, water, railroad, rail transit, and transportation companies. 

Before lawmakers left on vacation last week, Governor Gavin Newsom introduced and signed into law a new plan for California wildfires. The law creates a fund to pay for damages from wildfires — specifically, ones caused by utilities.

City Visions: What can be done about PG&E?

Feb 4, 2019
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Host Ethan Elkind does a deep dive into PG&E.  

Your Call: Why is your PG&E bill so high?

Apr 11, 2017

Californians’ electricity bills are higher than the rest of the country. What explains this?

Daily news roundup for Thursday, June 30, 2016

Jun 30, 2016
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Crime: In rare occurrence, big three Bay Area cities see similar midyear homicide counts // San Jose Mercury News

"Halfway through the year, the homicide numbers of the Bay Area's three largest cities have reached a rare occurrence: They're nearly the same.

A new kind of battery

Jun 23, 2016
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Harumi Fuji McClure and her husband live in a nice, two-story house in Morgan Hill south of San Jose. It gets pretty hot there in the summers, so they have a large swimming pool and air-conditioning in the whole house. But her electricity bill isn’t high: it’s negative five dollars a month.

Clean power for San Francisco

Jun 23, 2016
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Close to 8,000 San Francisco homes and businesses were automatically enrolled in CleanPowerSF in May of 2016.

Daily news roundup for Thursday, June 2, 2016

Jun 2, 2016
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Mayor Ed Lee announces $9.6B budget focusing on safety, cleanliness and homeless // SF Examiner

"San Francisco is poised to expand homeless services, increase its police force and spruce up neighborhoods under the proposed city budget announced by Mayor Ed Lee on Tuesday.

Daily News Roundup for Thursday, May 26, 2016

May 26, 2016
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Rising reality // San Francisco Chronicle

"Fifty years ago, Bay Area residents rallied around the call to save San Francisco Bay. Public action on an unprecedented scale reversed development tides that for more than a century had covered shallow waters with land for industrial parks and housing tracts, roadways and garbage dumps.

Daily news roundup for Wednesday, April 27, 2014

Apr 27, 2016

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CCSF to shut down Wednesday ahead of faculty union strike

“As faculty at City College of San Francisco prepare to strike Wednesday over unfair labor practices, Interim Chancellor Susan Lamb has decided to shut down the 11 community college campuses around The City for the day.

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Mar 1, 2016
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San Francisco deputies to face charges over alleged inmate fights // SF Chronicle

“Two San Francisco sheriff’s deputies and one former deputy who were accused of forcing city jail inmates to fight each other for entertainment will be charged criminally, The Chronicle has learned.

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SF supervisors call for federal investigation into Woods shooting // SF Examiner

Daily News Roundup for Thursday, January 7, 2016

Jan 7, 2016
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PG&E monthly power bills are rising // Inside Bay Area

"PG&E is ringing in the new year with an increase in monthly gas and electricity bills that will rise at a faster pace than the local inflation rate."

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SFPD shooting study hasn’t stopped incidents // SF Examiner

"The last time the San Francisco Police Department studied police shootings in The City, it found the department needed to find less lethal tools and training to ensure fewer incidents escalate into shootings."

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On the October 28th edition of Your Call, we’re talking about what’s at stake for San Francisco and the greater Bay Area in the upcoming election. 

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San Francisco voters will see two competing clean-energy propositions on their ballots in November: Propositions G and H. But, what they won’t see is that the electrical union workers union that wrote Prop G is now actually supporting H.

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Clean Power SF – San Francisco’s alternative to PG&E – is set to launch early next year. It will give San Francisco residents and businesses more control over where their power comes from.

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