State Senate Committee Probes California Public Utilities Commission Over SafetyA state senate subcommittee will probe the California Public Utilities Commission on Monday in San Francisco about it’s perceived lack of safety enforcement in the years since the San Bruno gas pipeline explosion.
Gov. Brown Signs Limo Safety Law In Wake Of Deadly FireA bill that aims to improve safety for limousine passengers in the wake of a fatal limousine tragedy that killed five women on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge earlier this year was signed into law Friday.
Limousine Safety Bill Clears Key Assembly VoteSB 338 would require more inspections of vehicle, and order limos with a seating capacity of fewer than 10 people to carry a fire extinguisher onboard. Stretch limos with a capacity of more than 10 already have such a requirement.
Lawmaker Hopes Prosecutors Act Before San Bruno Explosion Statute ExpiresSept. 9 will mark three years since the devastating pipeline explosion that rocked San Bruno; it will also be the final day for San Mateo County prosecutors and the State of California to file criminal charges against the utility for the deadly 2010 incident that claimed 8 lives, injured many, and leveled entire homes.
Calif. Bill Would Encourage Relocation Of Mountain LionsCalifornia would relocate more troublesome mountain lions instead of killing them under a bill headed to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk.
California Debates Enhancing Parental Rights For Sperm DonorsThe rights of California sperm donors were put into law 20 years ago. Now a Bay Area state legislator is involved in revising those rules with a new bill to be presented in Sacramento on Tuesday.
Limo Fire Mourners Asked Not To Place Memorials On San Mateo BridgeThe California Highway Patrol is asking those who want to honor the five women who were killed in a limousine fire on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge last Saturday to refrain from putting memorial items on the bridge.
Limousine Fire Prompts Questions About Safety RegulationsWhile the cause of Saturday night’s fatal limousine fire on the San Mateo Bridge remains under investigation, questions are now being raised over how the limo industry is regulated.
Bill Ties Caltrain Modernization To High-Speed Rail ConstructionA proposal unveiled by State Senator Jerry Hill on Friday would tie together the future of Caltrain and high-speed rail in the state.
Calif. Officials Seek New Mountain Lion Policy After Cubs Killed Less than two months after state game wardens fatally shot two mountain lion cubs in Half Moon Bay, environmentalists, politicians and the public are pushing for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to develop new standards for handling cougars that come into contact with humans.
Bay Area State Senator Pushing Ignition Lock Devices For Repeat DUI OffendersA Bay Area state senator has proposed blood alcohol testing devices that lock car ignitions for repeat DUI offenders.
PG&E Customers To Foot $299 Million In Pipeline Safety CostsPacific Gas and Electric Co. rates are set to increase by $299 million to help pay for pipeline inspection and upgrade costs in the wake of the fatal 2010 gas pipeline explosion in a San Francisco Bay area suburb.
San Bruno Blast Survivors Call For New Leadership At CPUCSeveral survivors of the pipeline explosion that devastated a San Bruno neighborhood offered emotional testimony Thursday calling on state regulators to reopen public hearings to determine how much Pacific Gas and Electric will pay for its role in the tragedy.
Judge Suspends San Bruno Explosion Hearings For Closed-Door NegotiationsA California judge has approved a request to suspend public hearings and hold closed-door negotiations on fines to be levied after a deadly natural gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno.
Caltrain Receives First Chunk Of CA High Speed Rail Bond MoneyCaltrain has received its first big chunk of high-speed rail bond money, which will be used to electrify and modernize the system.