Regulators mull massive changes to PG&E management, structure

By J.D. Morris : sfchronicle – excerpt California regulators are considering whether Pacific Gas and Electric Co. should shake up its leadership, split its core operations into separate companies or be transformed into a publicly-owned utility. In an announcement late Friday afternoon, the California Public Utilities Commission stressed it had not drawn conclusions but listed … More Regulators mull massive changes to PG&E management, structure

What caused nearly 20,000 quakes at Oroville Dam? Scientists weigh in on mystery

Kurtis Alexander : sfchronicle – excerpt The earthquakes hit just days after last year’s near-catastrophe at Oroville Dam, when the spillway cracked amid heavy rains and 188,000 people fled in fear of flooding. The timing of the two small tremors about 75 miles north of Sacramento was curious, and frightening. Were the quakes part of … More What caused nearly 20,000 quakes at Oroville Dam? Scientists weigh in on mystery

Elon Musk unveils underground tunnel, offers rides to VIPs

By: AMANDA LEE MYERS : wsoctv – excerpt LOS ANGELES (AP) – Elon Musk unveiled his underground transportation tunnel on Tuesday, allowing reporters and invited guests to take some of the first rides in the revolutionary albeit bumpy subterranean tube – the tech entrepreneur’s answer to what he calls “soul-destroying traffic.” Guests boarded Musk’s Tesla Model … More Elon Musk unveils underground tunnel, offers rides to VIPs

SF builders struggle to keep transit center from rising

By Matier & Ross : sfchronicle – excerpt Its neighbor, the Millennium Tower, might be sinking, but — get this — the new $2.2 billion Transbay Transit Center has the potential to go in the opposite direction. One of the main challenges the builders faced was keeping the three-block-long monster from rising. “It’s like a … More SF builders struggle to keep transit center from rising

Advocates seek to bar Hunters Point Shipyard contractor from radiological work

By Laura Waxmann : sfexaminer – excerpt Environmental advocates have renewed legal efforts to revoke U.S. Navy contractor Tetra Tech’s license to handle radiological materials based on the civil engineering firm’s connection to a toxic cleanup fraud at the Hunters Point Shipyard. Last June, Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice moved to bar Tetra Tech … More Advocates seek to bar Hunters Point Shipyard contractor from radiological work

Will State Climate Policy Usurp Local Land Use Control?

By Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP : lexology – excerpt Whether in CEQA or Efforts to Halt Climate Change, Will the State Wrest Control of Land Use Decisions Away From Locals?… As the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) concludes yet another round of public comment on proposed amendments to the California Environmental Quality Act’s … More Will State Climate Policy Usurp Local Land Use Control?