PG&E fined $530,000 by regulator for safety violations
 
Posted: 23 Jan 2015, 8:12 pm
Pacific Gas & Electric was fined $530,000 for safety violations Friday by the California Public Utilities Commission, which frequently has been accused of being too cozy with the San Francisco utility since the San Bruno gas pipeline explosion in September 2010. The fines include $430,000 for failing to "immediately excavate and examine pipelines that showed signs of signs of potential corrosion" and repair potentially hazardous defects, the CPUC said. Those violations were first discovered during?

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Oakland job growth hits accelerator
 
Posted: 23 Jan 2015, 7:16 pm
Oakland's unemployment rate dipped below 8 percent last month for the first time since the financial crisis, completing a 2.6-point gain in the past year that was one of the strongest in the Bay Area. At 7.8 percent, Oakland is still playing catch up to the state average (6.7 percent) and neighboring cities like San Francisco and San Mateo, where the unemployment rate is now below 4 percent, according to state data released Friday. But the fact that Oakland has made huge strides in the past year?

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Goldman Fund made $12.4 million in 2014 grants
 
Posted: 23 Jan 2015, 6:02 pm
The Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund made $12.4 million in 2014 grants to 244 nonprofits, according to the San Francisco-based entity. The 23-year-old fund has distributed more than $80 million since 1992 to nearly 650 nonprofits, officials said, and boasts nonprofit assets of $235 million. Grants last year went to a wide variety of organizations working on issues such as reducing the influence of money in politics, strengthening K-12 education, improving environmental performance in the business?

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Assembly GOP seeks to reverse DMV ruling requiring commercial plates for Uber, Lyft
 
Posted: 23 Jan 2015, 5:55 pm
Republicans in the California State Assembly demanded Friday that the state Department of Motor Vehicles change its recently announced opinion that an 80-year-old state law requires people who drive their personal vehicles even occasionally for companies like Uber Technologies and Lyft must have commercial license plates. If the DMV doesn't change its position by Feb. 17, Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen, (R-Modesto), and Assemblywoman Ling Ling Chang (R-Diamond Bar) promised that they would?

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