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Tuesday
Sep022014

PG&E Hit with $1.4 Billion Penalty for Gas Line Explosion

(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The California Public Utilities Commission announced in a statement Tuesday that it has issued a $1.4 billion penalty against Pacific Gas and Electric Company, the largest safety-related penalty the commission had ever imposed.

The ruling comes after an investigation into the 2010 gas pipeline explosion which set fire to a San Francisco neighborhood and killed eight people.

According a commission report,  Administrative Law Judges found that in total, PG&E committed 3,798 violations of state and federal laws over several years.

The penalty comes in addition to a previous ruling in which the CPUC called for safety improvements to the natual gas pipelines. The total cost of penalties and mandated improvements exceeds $2 billion.

The commission stated the penalty payment cannot come from customers.


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Tuesday
Sep022014

Two Men At-Large Following Robbery

(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Two men are at-large after an armed robbery early Tuesday morning.

According to the San Francisco Police Department, a 46-year-old man was parked on an overpass in the Bayview District when two men put a gun to the victims' head and demanded him to lie down.

Before fleeing the scene, the suspects reportedly took a camera, laptop and wallet.

No injuries were reported and no arrests have been made.


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Tuesday
Sep022014

Two Injured in Woodside Bicycle Crash

(SAN MATEO, Calif.) -- Two Unincorporated San Mateo County residents were injured Monday in a bicycle crash after one cyclist attempted to pass another on a curved road.

Both riders were thrown to the ground just before 11 a.m. after one rider "misjudged the distance" near La Honda Road and Friars Lane in Woodside, according to police.

The victims, a 59-year-old woman and 67-year-old man, were taken to a local hospital for treatment. As of Monday afternoon, San Mateo County Sheriff’s officials said the two were "going to be OK."

The incident shut down Woodside Road in both directions for approximately an hour.


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Monday
Sep012014

Police Charge Man in Livermore House Party Shooting

(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Police have arrested a 21-year-old man in connection with a shooting at a Livermore house party on Sunday, which left five people hospitalized.

The shooting happened early Sunday morning on the 200 block of South Q Street. Livermore Police said Anthony Torres was arrested in a traffic stop later the same day, and has been charged with five counts of attempted murder, and one count of shooting a firearm into an inhabited dwelling.


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Monday
Sep012014

Report: Over 104,000 Construction Workers in Informal Economy

(LOS ANGELES) -- Research has found that 1 out of 6 construction workers in California are employed as part of the informal economy.

According to a report released Monday by research organization, Economic Roundtable, in 2011 there were 143,900 construction workers in the informal economy.

The report states that of that number, 104,100 workers were working off the books, while the others were misclassified as independent contractors.


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Friday
Aug292014

Police Investigating Mission District Robbery

(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Police are investigating a Thursday morning robbery in the Mission District.

The San Francisco Police Department reports that four men approached the victim on the street, demanding his belongings. The men reportedly punched the victim and stole his wallet.

The victim was not injured.

No arrests have been reported.


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Friday
Aug292014

Man Robbed on Folsom Street

(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Four people are at-large after a robbery in the Southern District Thursday morning.

According to the San Francisco Police Department, the victim, a 74-year-old man, was on the 700 block of Folsom Street when four people demanded his property. When the victim refused, the suspects stole the victim's key and fled.

The victim was not injured.

No arrests have been made.


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Friday
Aug292014

Legislation to Cut Down on Kids Cutting Class Heads to Governor

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- Legislation aimed at cracking down on kids ditching school in California is headed to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk after being passed in both legislative houses.

"Each year approximately one million California elementary school children are truant from class," Attorney General Kamala Harris said in a statement. "Good education policies are meaningless if students aren’t at their desks."

The new legislation aims to modernize state and local systems to track and prevent truancy and chronic absence. Officials said should it be signed into law, the legislation would also seek to help schools and counties work with parents to address the core reasons behind truancy and chronic absence.


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Thursday
Aug282014

Two Men At-Large After Robbing Cab Driver

(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Two men are at-large after a robbery early Wednesday morning in the Northern District.

According to the San Francisco Police Department, the victim was driving his cab when he picked up the two suspects. The suspects reportedly attacked the victim and stole his wallet. The victim chased the suspects and retrieved his wallet, but the suspects stole cash from the wallet before fleeing.

The victim was not injured.

Both suspects are described as black men who are either 26 or 27 years old. No arrests have been reported.


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Thursday
Aug282014

Man Robbed, Stabbed in Northern District

(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Authorities are investigating a reported robbery and stabbing in the Northern District.

The San Francisco Police Department reports that the victim was sitting in his car at Golden Gate Avenue and Buchanan Street when two men approached him and demanded his phone.

One thief, armed with a knife, cut the victim's hand and chest as they struggled over the phone.

The suspects took the victim's phone then fled on foot.

The victim was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

No arrests have been made.


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