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California utility customers sue over wildfire law

Jul. 19, 2019 8:17 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Two Pacific Gas & Electric customers want the federal judge overseeing the company's bankruptcy to strike down a new California law that Gov. Gavin Newsom has championed as a way of shoring up the state's major electric utilities in the face of disastrous wildfires. A lawsuit...

Berkeley drops words like 'manpower' in push to be inclusive

Jul. 19, 2019 12:28 PM EDT

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — There will be no manholes in Berkeley, California. City workers will drop into "maintenance holes" instead. Nothing will be manmade in the liberal city but "human-made." And students at the University of California, Berkeley, will join "collegiate Greek system residences" rather...

California Gov. Newsom to keynote Lake Tahoe summit Aug. 20

Jul. 17, 2019 4:57 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom will give the keynote address at the annual environmental summit at Lake Tahoe being hosted this year by California Sen. Dianne Feinstein. Feinstein announced Wednesday that Newsom plans to focus on the effects of climate change and wildfires in the Tahoe...

Chevron ordered to halt oil spill into California canyon

Jul. 14, 2019 6:50 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California regulators say Chevron has not done enough to stop a massive oil spill that dumped about 800,000 gallons of crude oil and water into a Kern County canyon, and they want the company to take further action to halt the flow. The seep out of the ground where Chevron injects...

Chevron spills 800,000 gallons of oil, water in California

Jul. 12, 2019 8:54 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Officials began to clean up a massive oil spill Friday that dumped nearly 800,000 gallons of oil and water into a California canyon, making it larger — if less devastating — than the state's last two major oil spills. The newly revealed spill has been flowing off and...

California governor taps new top utilities regulator

Jul. 12, 2019 7:19 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday he is tapping Marybel Batjer, a veteran of state government, to serve as the state's top utilities regulator. Batjer will serve as president of the California Public Utilities Commission, overseeing power companies and other services...

California governor criticizes increase in fracking permits

Jul. 12, 2019 6:01 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday he wants to move the nation's most populous state away from hydraulic fracturing, a day after he fired the state's top oil and gas regulator for issuing twice as many fracking permits this year compared to last. "I don't think anyone that...

California governor signs wildfire bill to pay victims

Jul. 12, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law on Friday that shores up the state's biggest electric utilities in the face of catastrophic wildfires and claims for damage from past blazes caused by their equipment. It requires major utilities to spend at least $5 billion combined on...

California governor orders firing of oil, gas regulator

Jul. 11, 2019 10:51 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered the firing of California's top oil and gas regulator Thursday over an increase in state permits for hydraulic fracturing and allegations of conflicts of interest among senior government officials. Newsom's chief of staff asked the state's natural...

Population of California town torched by wildfire down 90%

Jul. 11, 2019 7:12 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — New figures released by California Gov. Gavin Newsom show the town of Paradise has lost over 90% of its population since a wildfire killed 85 people last year. A door-to-door survey in April counted 2,034 residents, down from previously released state figures that showed the...