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California Regulator Says Uber, Lyft Drivers Are Employees

Drivers working for ride-hailing services such as Uber Technologies Inc and Lyft Inc will be considered employees under California’s new gig worker law, the state’s leading industry regulator said on Thursday. Shares in Uber and Lyft fell 5.3% and 4.2%, …

California Public Utilities Commission Fines PG&E $2.1B over Wildfires

The California Public Utilities Commission has issued an administrative law judge decision imposing $2.137 billion in penalties against Pacific Gas and Electric Company for the utility’s role in the catastrophic 2017 and 2018 wildfires. If PG&E agrees to the modified …

California Utility Regulator OKs PG&E’s Wildfire Mitigation Plan

A Wildfire Mitigation Plan submitted by Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. was approved by the California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday. The state Legislature in 2018 enacted Senate Bill 901 mandating action by the CPUC on Wildfire Mitigation Plans submitted …

PG&E Could Kill Lights to Customers When California Wildfires Occur

Anyone who gets power from PG&E Corp. could see their lights go out this fire season. Even the millions of Californians who live outside risky areas could be left in the dark under a sweeping proposal the utility filed Wednesday. …

Complaint from Whistleblower Targets California Utility Regulator

The former chief administrative law judge at California’s powerful utility regulator said this week she was fired for cooperating with investigators looking into collusion between regulators and executives from Pacific Gas & Electric. Karen Valentia Clopton announced that she’s filing …

California Regulators Reopening Settlement over San Onofre Nuke Plant

California regulators said this week they will re-examine a settlement that made consumers responsible for covering some $3.3 billion in costs for closing the San Onofre nuclear power plant. The Public Utilities Commission said parties involved in the case can …

Registration of California Tour Bus That Crashed Questioned

California regulators are investigating whether a double-decker tour bus that crashed and injured 20 in San Francisco was properly registered with state authorities. The California Public Utilities Commission said this week that the bus involved in the weekend accident appears …

California Judge Fines Uber $7.3 M, and Suspends Service

Uber has been fined $7.3 million for refusing to give California regulators information about the ride-hailing company’s business practices, including accident details and how accessible vehicles are to disabled riders. The decision, handed down by chief administrative law judge Karen …

Uber in a California Regulatory Standoff Over Data

Uber argued Thursday that it should not have to turn over ride data in a California regulatory standoff that shows how the transportation service is falling afoul of officials who could threaten its expansion. The issue, which is being heard …

California Commissioner Wants Insurance Burden on Ridesharing Companies

Transportation Network Companies like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar should bear the insurance burden when they encourage drivers to use their personal vehicles to transport passengers for a profit, according to recommendations made Wednesday from California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. Jones’ …