Judge: PG&E 'Cheated' on Power Line Maintenance

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Aroara Hanes, 5, walks the lot where the mobile home she lived in with her mother stood before the 2018 Camp Fire in Paradise. (Stephanie Lister/KQED)

PG&E 'Cheated on Maintenance,' Judge Writes — Then Orders New Probation Conditions

We’ll start a San Francisco federal judge’s order to require Pacific Gas and Electric to take a series of steps to improve its safety practices and head off future disasters.
Reporter: Raquel Maria Dillon, KQED

Fire Victims Vote on PG&E Settlement, But What’s The Plan?

As tens of thousands of PG&E fire victims vote on their settlement with the utility, recent court filings make it clear that key details of that plan are still being negotiated, including the timing and amount of compensation. Meanwhile, some fire survivors who are navigating this complex process without legal help say they have yet to receive ballots. Voting ends May 15.

One-on-One with Erin Brockovich

Activist Erin Brockovich gained fame fighting PG&E. These days, she’s a consultant for attorneys who helped negotiate PG&E’s compensation settlement with fire survivors. She fielded questions that survivors shared with The California Report about her current role.
Guest: Erin Brockovich, Activist

Retiring CalFire Spokesman Worried about Firefighters and Their Families

Hot weather last weekend was a reminder that fire season isn’t just around the corner—it’s already here. Captain Scott McLean, whose voice you might recognize as the department's spokesman, is retiring this week and discussed the challenges CalFire faces in the near future.
Guest: Capt. Scott McLean, CalFire

Why It's Hard to File for Unemployment Right Now

Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, it’s been clear from your emails and tweets to us that for so many of you, the process of filing for unemployment benefits has been confusing and sometimes infuriating. We went looking for answers and an explanation of the technical issues that people are coming up against when they try to file their claims.
Guest: Jenna Gerry, senior attorney with Legal Aid At Work

How Hospitals Prepared for the COVID-19 Surge

Governor Gavin Newsom says it’s not safe to loosen shelter-at-home orders unless hospitals can handle a potential surge in COVID19 cases. Even though California seems to have flattened the curve so far, a future spike is possible, especially when current restrictions soften.
Reporter: Lesley McClurg, KQED Science

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