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If you’ve lived in California for a while, odds are Pacific Gas and Electric’s bankruptcy filing this week isn’t the first time you’ve heard about big problems at the state’s largest utility.
There was the company’s last bankruptcy, filed in 2001.
And then there was the horrific 2010 San Bruno gas explosion, which killed eight people and destroyed a neighborhood. The company was fined and convicted of criminal safety violations.
On Wednesday, the latest turn of the screw hinged on that verdict; a federal judge found that the company was in violation of its probation because it didn’t properly report its role in a 2017 Butte County wildfire.
“Does a judge turn a blind eye and let PG&E continue what you’re doing, let you keep killing people?” United States District Judge William Alsup said, according to The Mercury News.
It’s a question that has become increasingly dire as wildfires become more frequent and more deadly. PG&E faces liability claims for 17 wildfires in 2017, and its equipment is under investigation in several 2018 blazes, including the Camp Fire, which killed 86 people.
The state attorney general, Xavier Becerra, argued late last year in an advisory filing that PG&E could face murder charges if it’s found to be at fault for the blaze.
This all made me wonder what sort of consequences individuals at PG&E would face for what amounts to a staggering death toll.
The short answer is probably not a lot, said Vikramaditya Khanna, a law professor at the University of Michigan.
“Let’s say they were able to prove this happened because a line was not well-maintained — well, then wow, you have to figure out which employee did that,” Mr. Khanna said.
More likely, a company like PG&E would be found to have criminally negligent or reckless policies. And the only way to punish a company that’s been convicted of a crime? Force it to shell out.
Which brings us back to a central conundrum: While it may sound satisfying to fine PG&E, experts say almost any path forward will involve people paying — and executives won’t be shouldering most of the burden.
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• House Democrats made their opening offer for toughening border security: More customs officers and a boost to technology. But nothing about a wall on the southern border. [The New York Times]
• In her book, “The Truths We Hold,” the closest Senator Kamala Harris comes to a central theme is, “No false choices.” Not all people in the criminal justice system fall into the neat dichotomy of evildoers or decent people who had bad luck, she seems to argue. [The New Yorker]
• Still, Ms. Harris gave a misleading answer about her stance on a bill that would have required her office to investigate police shootings when she was California’s attorney general. Here’s a fact check. [The New York Times]
• We Californians may be thankful we’re safely away from the polar vortex that’s bearing down on the Midwest, but as you might’ve guessed, it’s connected to climate change, according to the most recent Climate Fwd newsletter. So don’t get too comfortable. [The New York Times]
• In any case, the environmental movement as we know it may not exist without an oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara that happened 50 years ago this week. [NPR]
• It turns out Facebook’s worst year ever was its best year ever when it came to its business. The social network gained users and generated record profits, even as it was rocked by controversy over the way it handles personal data. [The New York Times]
• Long Beach revealed a location for a long-anticipated, year-round homeless shelter and service center for men, women, families and L.G.B.T.Q. people who are experiencing homelessness. Officials hope it’ll open in 2020. [Long Beach Post]More California stories
• In 2010, then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation establishing Jan. 30 as Fred Korematsu Day. The day is in honor of the Oakland man who refused to go to the internment camps where the U.S. government incarcerated Japanese-Americans during World War II in what has since been acknowledged as among the nation’s most egregious abuses of civil liberties. His story is still relevant. [KPFA]
• Need 10.6 acres and a view in Bel Air? You’ll need 0 million — and the house isn’t included. [Bloomberg]
• Sandy Alderson, the Mets general manager who left his post last summer because of a cancer recurrence, will head back to Oakland to rejoin the Athletics as a senior adviser. [The New York Times]
• The New York Times Op-Ed contributors Roxane Gay, Lindy West and Guy Branum will be onstage at the Orpheum in Los Angeles on Feb. 12 for an evening of humor and conversation. Rachel Dry, the editor of The Times’s Sunday Review, will host. Get tickets here. [New York Times Subscriber Events]And Finally …
O.K., we’ll try to cool it with Rams stuff soon (unless, of course, they win on Sunday), but it turns out a lot of you have some strong feelings about the team.
Lydia L. Ramos-Mendoza said she’s a lifelong fan. Her dad would take her to Orange County to see games in the mid-1980s. And she couldn’t be happier that they’re back in SoCal.
“Rain is in the forecast so our Super Bowl Sunday barbecue has moved indoors, but trust me that if we win the Super Bowl, we’ll be dancing in the streets,” she said in an email.
Oso Ramirez, on the other hand, will never forgive the Rams for moving to Anaheim.
“I felt betrayed,” he wrote.
Also, remember the song “Ram It” from yesterday? Brooke Crowe alerted me to the time none other than Elton John, um, reinterpreted it in an interview with Ryan Seacrest.
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“【你】【们】【看】，【那】【人】【是】【谁】，【衡】【阳】【半】【仙】【和】【战】【城】【主】【都】【要】【站】【在】【其】【身】【后】。” “【咦】，【那】【两】【个】【身】【穿】【铠】【甲】【的】【好】【像】【是】【华】【羽】【岭】【王】【府】【的】【明】【连】【和】【明】【理】【军】【将】，【八】【年】【前】【我】【见】【过】【他】【们】【的】【风】【采】，【他】【们】【两】【人】【可】【都】【是】【羽】【化】【半】【仙】【的】【存】【在】。” “【你】【们】【瞎】【啊】，【那】【人】【是】【华】【羽】【岭】【王】【府】【的】【镇】【军】【王】【爷】，【那】【可】【是】【一】【尊】【真】【正】【的】【仙】【人】【啊】！” “【那】【看】【样】【子】【与】【镇】【军】【王】【爷】【对】【立】【的】【白】【跑】
【生】【活】【永】【远】【不】【要】【忽】【视】【了】【身】【边】【关】【心】【我】【们】【的】【人】，【总】【有】【一】【天】，【会】【意】【识】【到】【在】【我】【摸】【忙】【着】【收】【集】【鹅】【卵】【石】【时】，【却】【丢】【失】【了】【一】【颗】【昂】【贵】【的】【钻】【石】。 【她】【觉】【得】【她】【的】【人】【生】【中】，【宁】【静】【就】【是】【那】【颗】【昂】【贵】【的】【砖】【石】，【现】【在】【丢】【了】，【她】【要】【去】【找】【回】【来】。 “【快】【点】【穿】【好】【衣】【服】【和】【我】【出】【门】，【我】【限】【定】【你】【在】【五】【分】【钟】【之】【类】【完】【成】【我】【要】【求】【你】【做】【的】【事】。” 【夏】【青】【命】【令】【的】【口】【吻】【对】【真】【在】【沙】【发】【上】【躺】
“【唔】，【希】【望】【我】【下】【来】【啊】……【既】【然】【如】【此】，【那】【就】【没】【办】【法】【了】。” 【莎】【莎】【乖】【乖】【下】【来】，【坐】【在】【叶】【丞】【隔】【壁】【的】【位】【子】【上】。 【接】【着】【出】【声】：“【唔】……” 【她】【一】【副】【百】【思】【不】【解】【的】【样】【子】【思】【索】【着】。 【夏】【依】【似】【乎】【松】【了】【口】【气】，【这】【点】【让】【叶】【丞】【略】【带】【罪】【恶】【感】。 【从】【一】【旁】【传】【来】【莎】【莎】【念】【念】【有】【词】【着】“【是】【什】【么】【不】【对】【呢】……【是】【嫌】【重】【吗】”【的】【声】【音】。【接】【下】【来】【这】【回】【她】【点】【头】“【嗯】”单双中特100赔多少【沈】【乔】【乔】【先】【让】【丫】【鬟】【去】【通】【风】【报】【信】，【她】【拍】【了】【拍】【手】【往】【假】【山】【里】【面】【走】【去】，【手】【里】【还】【有】【刚】【刚】【这】【个】【丫】【鬟】【掉】【的】【匕】【首】，【沈】【乔】【乔】【大】【致】【估】【计】【了】【一】【下】，【这】【假】【山】【里】【面】【应】【该】【有】【四】【到】【五】【个】【人】，【毕】【竟】【就】【那】【么】【大】，【不】【可】【能】【堆】【一】【起】，【真】【好】【近】【身】【搏】【斗】，【那】【个】【可】【是】【自】【己】【最】【擅】【长】。 【想】【必】，【这】【个】【贵】【妃】【也】【没】【有】【想】【到】，【他】【要】【对】【付】【的】【人】【是】【自】【己】【吧】，【如】【果】【让】【他】【知】【道】【自】【己】【是】【沈】【乔】【乔】，【那】
【北】【冥】【怒】【等】【人】【也】【觉】【得】【很】【是】【危】【险】，【这】【就】【是】【杀】【敌】【一】【千】【自】【损】【八】【百】【的】【打】【法】，【搞】【不】【好】【就】【会】【陨】【落】。 “【这】【样】【做】，【真】【是】【在】【损】【失】【自】【己】【啊】。”【刀】【封】【喉】【道】：“【真】【武】，【这】【样】【做】，【太】【可】【怕】【了】，【万】【一】【懒】【神】【要】【是】【陨】【落】【了】，【可】【就】【坏】【了】。” “【放】【心】【吧】。”【凌】【天】【宇】【笑】【了】【笑】【道】：“【想】【要】【突】【破】【瓶】【颈】，【就】【必】【须】【这】【样】，【不】【然】【的】【话】，【瓶】【颈】【很】【难】【突】【破】【的】，【这】【是】【要】【命】【的】【事】【情】
【被】【一】【脚】【踢】【飞】【的】【小】【五】【略】【显】【狼】【狈】，【但】【他】【却】【并】【不】【惊】【慌】。 【他】【学】【过】【几】【年】【千】【斤】【坠】【的】【功】【夫】，【硬】【是】【靠】【着】【恐】【怖】【的】【腰】【腹】【力】【量】【在】【半】【空】【中】【调】【整】【好】【了】【重】【心】，【然】【后】【四】【平】【八】【稳】【的】【落】【在】【了】【地】【上】。 【可】【他】【脚】【刚】【一】【沾】【地】，【却】【好】【像】【踩】【到】【什】【么】【东】【西】【上】【面】，【他】【的】【脚】【底】【板】【往】【前】【一】【滑】，【然】【后】【他】【便】【重】【重】【摔】【在】【了】【地】【上】。 【强】【大】【的】【冲】【击】【力】【瞬】【间】【转】【移】【到】【了】【他】【的】【屁】【股】【上】，【只】【听】“
【对】【崽】【崽】【来】【说】，【自】【从】【他】【和】【宁】【泓】【捷】【的】【种】【种】【屏】【障】【抹】【开】【之】【后】，【他】【的】【视】【野】【亦】【随】【即】【扩】【大】【了】【许】【多】。 【可】【能】【亦】【因】【为】【如】【此】，【崽】【崽】【对】【宁】【泓】【捷】【的】【敌】【意】，【以】【肉】【眼】【可】【见】【的】【速】【度】【在】【消】【减】。 【飞】【机】【起】【飞】，【崽】【崽】【仍】【然】【保】【持】【着】【他】【高】【度】【的】【好】【奇】【心】，【一】【会】【扯】【着】【宁】【泓】【捷】【问】【东】【问】【西】，【一】【会】【趴】【窗】【口】【处】【看】【着】【外】【面】**【的】【白】【云】【天】【马】【行】【空】。 “【这】【小】【子】，【兴】【奋】【到】【连】【午】【觉】【都】【不】