Public Utilities Commission

A Lyft driver with the Lyft pink mustache on her car. (Photo credit: Lyft)

LA to consider appealing state rules on rideshare app services

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz will ask his colleagues next week to join the taxi industry in challenging new regulations allowing phone-app-enabled rideshare companies such as UberX, SideCar and Lyft […]

10/18/2013

California Governor Jerry Brown (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Bill gives PUC leeway to restructure utility rates

  SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill to promote greater use of renewable energy in California while allowing for changes in how consumers pay for electricity. The Democratic governor said […]

10/07/2013

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CA utilities may be denied recouping power costs

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The state Public Utilities Commission is considering a proposal that two major California utilities not be allowed to increase customers’ bills to recover money they had to spend purchasing power from […]

09/23/2013

A Lyft driver with the Lyft pink mustache on her car. (Photo credit: Lyft)

California adopts car-sharing service regulations

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Web-based car-sharing companies will have to make sure drivers undergo training and criminal background checks and have commercial liability insurance under rules approved Thursday by California regulators. The state Public Utilities […]

09/19/2013

This frame grab taken from video provided by Roxana and Carlos Guzman shows a Limo on fire Saturday, May 4, 2013, on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Roxana and Carlos Guzman)

CHP reports deadly limo fire due to mechanical problems

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) — The California Highway Patrol on Monday said a limousine fire that killed five nurses trapped in the back was sparked by a mechanical problem. CHP Captain Mike Maskarich says the […]

08/19/2013

A Lyft driver with the Lyft pink mustache on her car. (Photo credit: Lyft)

LA council moves to regulate ride-sharing apps

. LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles City Council’s Transportation Committee has approved a motion to begin regulating smartphone-driven ride-sharing services that taxi companies say are cutting into their business. The move comes a […]

06/26/2013

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Calif. consumers may see rebate from energy crisis

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – California electricity consumers could see $1.6 billion in refunds from energy wholesalers that profited from the state’s energy crisis more than a dozen years ago, if a judge’s recommendation holds up under review.

02/20/2013

Crystal Springs Reservoir

Fish killed after pipe bursts in SF Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — At least 30 fish were killed after a drinking water pipe burst and sent thousands of gallons of chlorinated water into a San Francisco Bay area creek.

02/12/2013

Cellphone in hand

Regulators approve free cellphones for the poor

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – The state Public Utilities Commission has approved a federal cellphone giveaway program designed to help the homeless and other impoverished people connect with family, friends and potential employers.

12/14/2012

$12 M settlement in 2007 Malibu Fire

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The state Public Utilities Commission today approved a $12 million settlement agreement with three telecommunications companies over the ignition of the 2007 Malibu Canyon Fire. The 3,836-acre wildfire roared down Malibu […]

09/13/2012

Special funds review finds no further deception

(AP) – A detailed review of more than 500 state special funds released Friday found hundreds of millions of dollars in accounting discrepancies but no instances beyond the state parks department in which government officials […]

08/03/2012