Stories you shouldn’t miss:
1. Federal regulators today blamed PG&E for last year’s deadly pipeline blast that destroyed a San Bruno neighborhood, the Chron and Mercury News report. The National Transportation Safety Board cited PG&E’s “litany of failures” as the prime reason for the explosion, noting that the pipeline that blew up was defective when it was installed in the 1950s and that PG&E never adequately inspected it. The NTSB also ruled out a 2008 sewer pipeline repair job as possible reason for the blast. PG&E and state regulators have tried to pin partial blame on the sewer repair job as contributing to the weakening of the nearby gas pipeline that exploded. But the NTSB found no evidence of that assertion.
2. UC Berkeley law school professor Goodwin Liu appears headed for certain confirmation to the California Supreme Court because no conservative groups have signed up to speak out against him, the Mercury News and Chron report. Republicans had previously derailed Liu’s nomination by President Obama to a federal appeals court, claiming he’s too liberal. Liu was then nominated to join the state Supreme Court by Governor Brown.