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Pacific Gas & Electric has faced increased heat from regulators and outrage from consumers who have watched the state’s largest utility file for bankruptcy protection, then say that its equipment probably started the deadly Camp Fire.
San Francisco is exploring a public takeover, and various financial stakeholders in the company have circled as complex bankruptcy negotiations start. But how did PG&E get here?
This week, my colleagues published a piece detailing how the company has overlooked risks in favor of its bottom line over the years. And nothing explains it better than one very old tower in the Sierra Nevada foothills. I asked Ivan Penn, a business reporter based here in L.A., to explain how they got the story:
After the latest wave of wildfires in which Pacific Gas & Electric has been implicated, Peter Eavis, James Glanz and I were assigned to take a deep look at a persistent question: What kind of safety culture has PG&E built?
I am an energy reporter; Peter is a financial reporter in New York, and Jim is a veteran investigative reporter. Each of us brought pieces of the puzzle to the table, and one stood out: Tower 27/222, a 99-year-old transmission tower suspected of causing the 2018 Camp Fire, the worst wildfire in California history. A source pointed us to one document in particular, a form filed with federal regulators in which PG&E noted that the “useful life” of such towers expired at 75 years.
The utility kept Tower 27/222 in operation despite warnings about aging equipment along the line where it stood, storms that knocked down five deteriorating PG&E structures in the area, and the threat posed by powerful winds akin to the Santa Anas of Southern California.
We conducted dozens of interviews and pored over thousands of pages of documents and court depositions taken from PG&E employees who recounted how supervisors ignored concerns and warnings about vulnerabilities of the system and its equipment.
It wasn’t a one-of-a-kind incident with PG&E. And it wasn’t just one side of the company.
Explosions in PG&E’s gas pipeline system have also been deadly, and practices in that part of its business resulted in a felony conviction.
But wildfires associated with the company have been especially devastating, including the Camp Fire, which killed 85 people. Among them was Andrew Downer, an amputee who died on his porch with his service dog when no one could reach him. “There are days it’s very hard to get up in the morning,” his partner, Iris Natividad, told us.
Over and over, the reporting showed that practices at PG&E were driven by the company’s focus on its bottom line. The question now is how its safety culture can be remade.
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• Yet another reason immigration courts are bogged down? They can’t find interpreters for the many Central American migrants who speak indigenous languages. [The New York Times]
• Seven states, including California, have agreed to a plan to manage the Colorado River, a vital water source, amid a 19-year drought. [The New York Times]
• “The sooner we accept the economic impracticality of recycling, the sooner we can make progress on addressing the plastic pollution problem.” As waste companies raise prices on recycling, some cities are abandoning it. [The New York Times]
• More than 30 newsrooms across the state have signed on to share public records requests and the results in an effort to shine a light on police discipline records, which have been at the center of fights related to the rollout of a new law aimed at making law enforcement agencies more transparent. [LAist/KPCC]
• Facebook, under broad pressure and to settle a lawsuit, agreed to stop allowing anyone advertising jobs, housing or credit to show those ads to people only of a certain race, gender or age group. [The New York Times]
• Universities like U.S.C. that have been implicated in the college admissions fraud scandal are faced with the question of how, or whether, to discipline students who may not have known what their parents were allegedly doing on their behalf. [The New York Times]
• The admissions scandal is also forcing a re-examination of the practice of admitting athletic recruits. “Certain athletic directors were smart enough to call their presidents first to insist that they were going to start verifying the status of every admitted recruited athlete.” [The New York Times]
• That might’ve prevented the case of Lauren Isackson, whose parents allegedly conspired to get her admitted to U.C.L.A. as a non-scholarship recruited player on an elite women’s soccer team that also had members of the U.S. and Canadian national teams on its roster. [The Los Angeles Times]More California stories
• The film and T.V. editor for the site Remezcla writes that Netflix’s move to cancel the critically lauded “One Day at a Time” contributes to the erasure of the experiences of U.S.-born Latinos, especially women. [New York Times Opinion]
• Enjoy the “super bloom” from a less damaging angle: space, via the European Union’s Earth Observation Programme. [Buzzfeed Storm]
• You’ve seen the Shen Yun billboards and ads. Here’s what Shen Yun is and why it’s advertised relentlessly, cryptically, everywhere. [The New Yorker]And Finally …
It’s not exactly news that Oakland is fertile ground both as the subject of and inspiration for a new generation of filmmakers. Of course, Ryan Coogler, the director of “Black Panther,” and “Fruitvale Station,” jumps to mind.
Still, it’s nice to get reminders that more projects are in the works. The Bold Italic caught up with Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who was in “Aquaman” and has a role in “Us,” to talk about the Town, where he grew up (and as he told The Times last year, was friends with Marshawn Lynch).
“Oakland is such an individual place where I don’t have any choice but to be myself,” he told the online magazine.
Michael Orange, founder of MATATU, a local creative collective, also weighed in on why Oakland is becoming a center of the cinematic universe.
“People have grown bored with the notion that cinema is a place to disconnect,” Mr. Orange said. “Cinemas are places for thinking, and Oakland has the entire world on edge.”
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Jill Cowan grew up in Orange County, went to school at U.C. Berkeley and has reported all over the state, including the Bay Area, Bakersfield and Los Angeles — but she always wants to see more. Follow along here or on Twitter, @jillcowan.
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【随】【后】【叶】【凡】【他】【们】【二】【人】【又】【看】【了】【一】【下】【这】【袋】【子】【里】【的】【一】【些】【东】【西】，【这】【些】【袋】【子】【里】【的】【都】【是】【一】【些】【古】【代】【的】【铜】【钱】【币】，【数】【量】【不】【少】，【而】【且】【都】【是】【明】【清】【两】【朝】【的】。 【一】【行】【人】【清】【点】【了】【一】【下】【人】【数】，【统】【计】【一】【下】【死】【伤】，【然】【后】【便】【将】【这】【些】【个】【文】【物】【给】【收】【了】【起】【来】。 “【留】【下】【一】【队】【人】【看】【着】【这】【些】【文】【物】，【还】【有】【清】【理】【一】【下】【丧】【尸】，【将】【这】【些】【剩】【下】【的】【尸】【核】【收】【集】【起】【来】，【咱】【们】【去】【那】【个】【博】【物】【馆】【的】【废】崂山二中二手房【高】【阳】【公】【主】【许】【久】【未】【见】【过】【皇】【后】【叶】【氏】【了】，【如】【今】【为】【了】【姜】【茜】【的】【事】【情】【求】【上】【门】【来】，【乍】【一】【见】【叶】【氏】【竟】【有】【些】【认】【不】【出】。 【凤】【仪】【宫】【中】【陈】【设】【华】【美】【稳】【重】，【多】【用】【宝】【蓝】、【绛】【紫】，【处】【处】【带】【着】【一】【位】【一】【国】【之】【母】【应】【有】【的】【大】【气】【和】【端】【庄】。 【殿】【中】【燃】【着】【瑞】【麟】【香】，【叫】【高】【阳】【公】【主】【胸】【上】【有】【些】【闷】【闷】【的】，【那】【香】【炉】【是】【鎏】【金】【麒】【麟】【样】【式】【的】，【一】【双】【兽】【眼】【镶】【嵌】【着】【黄】【色】【宝】【石】，【沉】【沉】【的】【盯】【着】【这】【大】【殿】【中】
【从】【那】【天】【以】【后】，【祁】【宇】【翰】【似】【乎】【每】【天】【的】【工】【作】【就】【是】【去】【陪】【蓝】【梓】【漫】，【看】【着】【蓝】【梓】【漫】【承】【受】【着】【各】【种】【严】【重】【的】【妊】【娠】【反】【应】，【祁】【宇】【翰】【心】【疼】【极】【了】。 【蓝】【梓】【漫】【到】【了】【怀】【孕】【三】【个】【月】【的】【时】【候】，【这】【个】【人】【瘦】【了】【十】【五】【斤】，【两】【条】【腿】【落】【地】【就】【颤】【抖】，【心】【脏】【立】【马】【喘】【不】【上】【气】【来】，【即】【使】【是】【躺】【在】【床】【上】，【也】【会】【因】【为】【心】【脏】【加】【速】【的】【声】【音】，【心】【慌】【气】【短】【的】【难】【受】【至】【极】。 【原】【本】【蓝】【母】【以】【为】，【蓝】【梓】【漫】【回】
【白】【茉】【想】，【如】【果】【余】【晚】【过】【去】【的】【话】，【定】【会】【被】【他】【们】【当】【成】【傻】【子】，【如】【果】【不】【过】【去】，【那】【就】【更】【顺】【了】【她】【的】【意】。 “【不】【太】【好】【吧】……” “【没】【事】【的】，【放】【心】【去】【就】【行】。” 【白】【茉】【说】【完】【就】【开】【溜】，【往】【另】【一】【个】【方】【向】【的】【电】【梯】【走】【去】【了】。 【余】【晚】【弯】【了】【弯】【唇】【角】，【知】【道】【她】【们】【肯】【定】【不】【会】【走】，【于】【是】【就】【一】【副】【很】【开】【心】【的】【样】【子】【地】【往】【白】【茉】【的】“【男】【朋】【友】”【那】【边】【走】【过】【去】【了】。 【躲】【在】