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The town of Paradise destroyed by PG&E fire loses 92 percent of its population 

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..

Deadline set for victims of PG&E-caused wildfires 

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..

What PG&E discovered while inspecting local energy lines for safety

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 Driver Misclassification Class Action Settlement 

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 stumbles after lawsuit claims the company misled investors in its IPO prospectus 

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..

For Years PG&E Knew Their Lines Could Spark Wildfires, and They Still Didn’t Fix Them

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..

PG&E Cuts Power To 20,000 In Butte, Yuba Counties Due To Continued Fire Danger

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..