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California wildfire bill could lead to overspending, group warns

Monday, April 16, 2018  
Posted by: San Francisco Chronicle
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A bill in Sacramento to help prevent wildfires is stirring controversy, with a consumer advocacy group warning that it would give California’s utility companies a blank check to spend their customers’ money on any work the companies say is related to safety.

The bill, SB1088, sprang out of last fall’s Wine Country wildfires, which many people suspect were started by Pacific Gas and Electric Co. power lines blowing in a fierce windstorm. Its author, Democratic Sen. Bill Dodd, represents Santa Rosa, which lost entire neighborhoods to the flames. He says the bill will not trigger a spending spree...Continue Reading.

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