CPUC Issues $50,000 Citation To PG&E For Failure To Maintain Safe Facilities

SACRAMENTO–The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) today issued a Citation to Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) for $50,000 for the utility’s failure to safely maintain its Metcalf Substation in San Jose. On the night of August 26, 2014, and the early morning of August 27, 2014, PG&E’s Metcalf Substation was burglarized. The burglars breached […]

Bill To Keep Drones Out Of Emergency Zones Passes The Senate

Senate Bill

SACRAMENTO–Senate Bill 168, which would protect forests, property and the lives of citizens, firefighters and emergency personnel from drone interference, passed out of the Senate and is now headed to the Assembly. Senate Bill 168, introduced by Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado), will increase fines for drone use that interferes with firefighting and emergency responders. […]

Caltrans Cancels Golf Tournament After Being Exposed For Golfing On Taxpayers’ Dime

ORANGE COUNTY–Following the heels of State Senator John Moorlach’s (R-Costa Mesa) release this Friday morning exposing Caltrans executives for planning to tee off on the taxpayers’ dime, Caltrans has decided to not participate in a golf tournament at a posh Dove Canyon Country Club in Orange County on Monday. “Maybe Caltrans is beginning to get the message,” Senator Moorlach […]

State Audit Report Reveals Stunning Employee Mismanagement‏

SACRAMENTO–The California State Auditor released Thursday its findings of an audit of Caltrans, showing that Caltrans approved the time sheets of an engineer who played golf for 55 workdays from August 2012 to March 2014. After being reassigned in April of 2014, supervisors continued to fail to directly supervisor this engineer from May to June […]

CA Public Safety Bill Gets Bipartisan Support

SACRAMENTO–A public safety bill that just has been introduced is getting bipartisan support from Senate Republicans and Democrat Senator Cathleen Galgiani. The new bill is in response to a loophole that allows dangerous felons who are in the country illegally to be released back onto California streets. Senate Bill 57 will fix communication between local […]

CA Bill To Make Cheerleading A Sport Heads To Gov. Brown

SACRAMENTO–A bill by California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) to make cheerleading a high school sport was approved by full State Senate today on a unanimous 40-0 vote. The bill will now be considered for signature by the Governor. Assembly Bill 949, known as the California High Schools Expanding Equality Respect and Safety (C.H.E.E.R.S.) […]

Soldier Missing From Vietnam War Identified

WASHINGTON–The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency says today that the remains of a serviceman, missing from the Vietnam War, have been identified and will be buried with full military honors. Army Maj. Dale W. Richardson of Mount Sterling, Illinois, will be buried Aug. 29, in Mountain View, Ark. Richardson was assigned to 2nd Battalion, […]

Walker, Huckabee Keynote Speakers At CA Republican Party Fall Convention

GOP Presidential Candidate Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

SACRAMENTO–Republican presidential candidates former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker will headline the California Republican Party  2015 Fall Convention Friday and Saturday at the Anaheim Marriott. Convention organizers say Gov. Huckabee will be the speaker for the convention’s lunch banquet on September 18, and Walker will speak at the dinner banquet on […]

CPUC To Consider Investigation Into PG&E’s Culture And Governance To Ensure Safety

SAN FRANCISCO–The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued a proposal that, if approved, would start a process to determine whether Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) organizational culture and governance prioritize safety and adequately direct resources to promote accountability and achieve safety goals and standards. The CPUC is committed to strengthening its safety efforts and to integrate safety into all aspects of its work. The CPUC expects the same […]

Los Angeles Medical Clinic Owner Pleads Guilty To $4.5 Million Medicare Fraud

LOS ANGELES–The owner and operator of three medical clinics located in Los Angeles pleaded guilty Tuesday to submitting more than $4.5 million in fraudulent claims to Medicare. Hovik Simitian, 48, of Los Angeles, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Beverly Reid O’Connell of the Central District of California to one count of conspiracy to […]