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Pacific Gas & Electric CEO Bill Johnson gestures while testifying at the California Public Utilities Commission in San Francisco, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

PG&E CEO blames past management for problems, promises fixes

Feb. 25, 2020 8:00 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — PG&E Corp. CEO Bill Johnson blamed negligence by the company's past management for a cascade of catastrophes that killed nearly 140 people as he tried to persuade California regulators Tuesday that he is steering the utility to make safety its top priority. Johnson, who was...

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2010, file photo, a massive fire following a pipeline explosion roars through a mostly residential neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif. A federal judge repeatedly ripped into Pacific Gas & Electric, saying its executives have put greed before safety. U.S. District Judge William Alsup told the utility at a hearing Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, that it should plan to have at least 1,100 more tree trimmers to reduce the chances that it will cause even more devastation. The harsh rebuke came in a hearing as part of PG&E's criminal probation imposed after its natural gas lines blew up a San Bruno, California, neighborhood and killed eight people. Since its probation, poorly maintained power lines have been blamed for igniting wildfires that killed nearly 130 people and destroyed thousands of homes. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Judge rips PG&E for poor safety record leading to wildfires

Feb. 19, 2020 5:26 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. judge ripped into Pacific Gas & Electric on Wednesday, saying its executives have put greed before safety and telling officials from the utility blamed for catastrophic California wildfires to plan to add at least 1,100 more tree trimmers to cut the risk of even more blazes....

FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2019, file photo, smoke from the Maria Fire billows above Santa Paula, Calif. A federal judge has approved a settlement that moves Pacific Gas & Electric closer to getting out of bankruptcy. The company cleared its latest hurdle Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, when U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali signed off on a deal to refinance billions of dollars in debt to pay off PG&E bondholders who threatened to cause problems. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

PG&E clears another bankruptcy hurdle with debt refinancing

Feb. 4, 2020 6:43 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday approved a settlement that moves Pacific Gas & Electric closer to getting out of bankruptcy, but the troubled utility still must navigate nettlesome obstacles from the state of California. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali signed off on the deal to...

FILE - This Dec. 16, 2017, file photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department shows flames burning near power lines in Montecito, Calif. Pacific Gas and Electric is promising promising to overhaul its board of directors in an attempt to avoid a potential takeover attempt by the state of California and prove the beleaguered utility is turning over a new leaf as it works through its second bankruptcy in less than 20 years. The promise to shake things up came late Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, as the San Francisco company tries to emerge from bankruptcy by June 30. (Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP, File)

PG&E pledges to shake up board in bid to placate California

Feb. 1, 2020 5:39 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas and Electric is pledging to overhaul its board of directors in an attempt to avoid a potential takeover by the state of California and prove the nation's largest utility is turning over a new leaf as it works through its second bankruptcy in less than 20 years. The promise...

FILE - This Nov. 1, 2019, file photo shows flames from a backfire on a hillside as firefighters battle the Maria Fire in Santa Paula, Calif. California Gov. Gavin Newsom is urging a federal judge to reject Pacific Gas and Electric's blueprint for getting out of bankruptcy and renewing his threat to lead a bid to turn the beleaguered utility into a government-run operation. PG&E is trying to dig out of a financial hole created by more than $50 billion in claims stemming from a series of catastrophic wildfires that have been blamed on the San Francisco company. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

PG&E and California governor at odds over bankruptcy plan

Jan. 29, 2020 9:13 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric attorneys on Wednesday assured a federal judge the utility will emerge from bankruptcy by its June deadline, even as California Gov. Gavin Newsom vowed to follow through on his threat to have the state take over the nation's largest utility. The contradictory...

FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2020, file photo, California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. Newsom is urging a federal judge to reject Pacific Gas and Electric's blueprint for getting out of bankruptcy and renewing his threat to lead a bid to turn the beleaguered utility into a government-run operation. PG&E is trying to dig out of a financial hole created by more than $50 billion in claims stemming from a series of catastrophic wildfires that have been blamed on the San Francisco company. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California governor aims to block PG&E's bankruptcy plan

Jan. 22, 2020 7:45 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom is urging a federal judge to reject Pacific Gas and Electric's blueprint for getting out of bankruptcy and renewing his threat to lead a bid to turn the beleaguered utility into a government-run operation. In a court filing Wednesday, Newsom's lawyers gave...