Friday Briefing: Bankrupt PG&E wants to give $235 million in bonuses; Rain is quenching California’s thirst

Daylight-savings time starts this weekend

News you don’t want to miss for Mar. 8-10:

1. Still reeling from the likelihood PG&E was the cause of the devastating Camp Fire in Paradise, Calif., the utility is stoking more outrage after it asked a judge to approve $235 million in bonuses for thousands of its employees, KPIX reports.

2. San Francisco Assemblymember David Chiu is introducing a bill that would create a new Bay Area housing agency that could then offer up tax measures to fund affordable housing, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The bill would maintain land-use decision at the local level. Nonetheless, it’s sure to be viewed with skepticism from East Bay local officials who worry about the loss of local control. $$

3. “Soaked by relentless storms, California as of this week has less land area in drought status than at any time in the last seven years,” Paul Rogers report in the East Bay Times. $$

4. One of the big losers in the recent Oakland teachers strike was charter schools, and the state Legislature appears intent on heaping more regulations on them. CalMatters asks, “‘Common sense regulations’ or ‘an extended middle finger’—how far will California go on charter schools?”

5. East Bay Reps. Barbara Lee, Eric Swalwell, and Ro Khanna voted for lowering the federal voting age to 16.

6. An Los Angeles Times columnist’s piece on East Bay Rep. Eric Swalwell running for president with the title, “Why the heck not?” received much attention Thursday. Vanity Fair, though, takes a look at the now-highly probable run with an East Coast bias, of course.

7. South Bay Assemblymember Kansen Chu continues his quest for year-round daylight savings time, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Chu has failed with similar bills in prior years. So, this is good time to remind you to turn your clocks one hour forward when you go to bed Saturday night. $$

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