Wednesday Must Reads: PG&E Faces $300 Million Fine as Part of $2.25 Billion Penalty; Opposition to Napolitano Grows

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Janet Napolitano

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. PG&E could be fined after all for the deadly San Bruno blast in 2010 under a new proposal from California Public Utilities Commission officials, the CoCo Times reports. The $300 million fine, which PG&E would be prohibited from passing on to ratepayers, would be part of a $2.25 billion total penalty. PUC officials had come under intense criticism for originally proposing to not fine PG&E and only require the utility to spend $2.25 billion on pipeline upgrades. That proposal also prompted turmoil and protests within the PUC. But then the agency changed course and decided to recommend a fine — after staff attorneys who had worked on the San Bruno investigation and had objected to the no-fine proposal were put back on the case.