Articles by Paul Elias

California Train Agency Fined $650K in 2 Worker Deaths

Regulators fined the San Francisco Bay Area’s transit agency $650,000 on Thursday for safety failures that led a commuter train to strike and kill two workers inspecting track five years ago during a union strike. The California Public Utilities Commission …

Woes of California Wildfire Victims Include Cleanup Crews, Fraud

One year after a devastating series of wildfires ripped through Northern California wine country, destroying thousands of homes, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ first experience cleaning up after a wildfire has turned into an expensive bureaucratic mess and California’s …

Another Cracked Beam Found at $2B San Francisco Transit Terminal

A second beam in San Francisco’s celebrated new $2 billion transit terminal shows signs of cracking, an official said Wednesday, a day after a crack in a nearby support beam shut down the building that opened just last month. The …

California Jury Backs Man Claiming Roundup Weed Killer Caused Cancer

A San Francisco jury has ordered agribusiness giant Monsanto to pay $289 million to a former school groundskeeper dying of cancer, saying the company’s popular Roundup weed killer contributed to his disease. Dewayne Johnson’s lawsuit was the first of thousands …

California Governor Seeks Wildfire Aid from Trump as State Battles 17 Blazes

Gov. Jerry Brown over the weekend called on President Donald Trump to help California fight and recover from another devastating wildfire season. Brown, who inspected neighborhoods wiped out by a wildfire in the Northern California city of Redding, said he …

Lyft to Beef Up Background Checks Following Driver Arrest

Ridesharing company Lyft is beefing up its background checks after a driver arrested for rape was found to be in the United States illegally. The company’s “enhanced detection processes” will apply to new applicants and existing drivers, Lyft spokeswoman Kate …

Lyft Will Beef Up Background Checks Following California Driver Arrest

Ridesharing company Lyft said Wednesday that it’s beefing up its background checks after a driver arrested for rape was found to be in the United States illegally. The company’s “enhanced detection processes” will apply to new applicants and existing drivers, …

California Suspect in Serial Rapes Was a Lyft Driver

Ridesharing company Lyft said this week that it’s investigating how a former driver now charged in a series of rapes passed a background check even though federal immigration officials say the suspect was living in the country illegally. The San …

Plea Deal Reached in California Warehouse Fire

Lawyers that a tentative plea deal has been reached for two defendants in connection with a Northern California warehouse fire that killed three dozen partygoers at an unlicensed concert in 2016. Attorneys for Derick Almena and Max Harris expect the …

California Transit Agency Fined $220K in Worker Deaths

A Northern California judge has fined the Bay Area Rapid Transit agency $220,000 for the deaths of two workers accidentally hit by a commuter train. The two workers were killed in 2013 while inspecting a track east of San Francisco. …