Governor reclassifies Paradise a “rural area” after Camp Fire Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that California will now classify the town of Paradise, which was mainly destroyed by the PG&E-sparked Camp Fire in 2018, as a rural area after the city’s population fell to less than 10% of its pre-fire population. The move is part of a bid to restore Paradise.… Continue Reading..
An important legal notice impacting victims of wildfires caused by Pacific Gas & Electric is starting to arrive in the mailboxes across Northern California. “You have received this mailing because PG&E Corporation and Pacific Gas and Electric Company have reached the next step in their Chapter 11 Cases: the setting of the ‘Bar Date,'” read the opening line of the… Continue Reading..
In Sonoma County, PG&E identified 49 unsafe issues with its energy lines and other electrical machinery and finished the repair process on all but one problem area. The safety deficiencies — including burned or rotted energy poles, damaged conductors, and overgrown vegetation — were recognized in a system-wide inspection that began in December, with unprecedented scope for the biggest utility… Continue Reading..
Uber Lawsuit California Uber Driver Misclassification Class Action Settlement A $20 million settlement has been reached to resolve claims that Uber misclassifies their California drivers as independent contractors. The settlement will benefit individuals who were Uber drivers in California between Aug. 16, 2009 and Feb. 28, 2019, and who are not bound by Uber’s arbitration clause. The arbitration clause may… Continue Reading..
Lyft stumbled Monday following the news of a class-action lawsuit claiming it misled investors in its filing to go public. Shares dipped as much as 3.6% Monday before turning positive later in the day. The stock ended trading up 1.6%. The lawsuit is the latest in the ride-hailing company’s rocky first couple of months on the public market. Its stock… Continue Reading..
In 2017 PG&E identified parts that needed a repair on its transmission lines to prevent structure failure, and dozens of steel towers needed to be replaced because they were still being used beyond their life expectancy. In November of 2018, the failure of a century-old transmission line owned by PG&E sparked the massive wildfire known as the Camp Fire. The… Continue Reading..
Just a few weeks into the dry summer season in California, fires connected with PG&E Corp. have already begun to burst. This week in Monterey County, more than 2,000 acres were burned, with energy lines being blamed as the cause. In Marin County, north of San Francisco, a transformer burst into flames earlier this month and ignited a brush fire.… Continue Reading..
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. agreed to pay $1 billion to the city of Paradise, but also to Butte County and other counties in Northern California as part of a negotiated civil settlement for a string of wildfires caused by the utility that ravaged the region. The settlements, announced on Tuesday, include PG&E paying Paradise $270 million and Butte County… Continue Reading..
Field crews from Pacific Gas and Electric Co. started to restore energy Sunday to roughly 20,500 clients in Butte and Yuba counties after electricity was shut down due to gusty winds and dry weather. More than half of the customers impacted had electricity at 1:47 p.m. According to PG&E on Sunday and at 4 p.m. All the power of Yuba… Continue Reading..
Ripe fire conditions – winds, low moisture, dry vegetation, and heat – were anticipated to last through Sunday. A station south of Sonoma recorded gusts to 50 mph on Saturday, the National Weather Service said. PG&E is under pressure to avoid fire from starting after energy lines and other machineries were blamed for conflagrations that started during the so-called fire… Continue Reading..