It’s eight months since the fire and what do we have to show for our rebuild and recovery? A half-finished set of plans, a lot that’s clear of debris but all torn up with a hole where our home used to be. ... But the waiting brings unexpected gifts. The landscape company we hired told us we could pile up as much small brush as we wanted and they would feed it through their chipper.
By Arthur Dawson
The Press Democrat
As the Tubbs fire tore through Steve and Wendy Johnson’s Coffey Park home last October, it took everything: Their house, their photographs, the brand-new laptop Steve Johnson had bought a couple weeks before. ... After taking stock of their losses, Wendy Johnson, 51, got started on the home-rebuilding process right away.They plan to be back in their home on Kona Place by Thanksgiving.
By Christi Warren
As Pacific Gas & Electric Co. braces for the possibility that its power lines will be named by investigators as the cause of the North Bay wildfires, the utility’s legal strategy appears to involve trying to spread the blame for billions of dollars in fire losses on local governments.
By Kevin McCallum
Cal Fire alleged Friday that Pacific Gas and Electric Co. failed to remove and cut back trees around power lines that sparked three wildfires in Butte and Nevada Counties in October.
By Taryn Luna
Cal Fire found evidence that PG&E violated state laws in three of the smaller blazes, including not leaving adequate clearance between trees and power lines.
By Mark Chediak
Over the last five months, corporate executives from PG&E and SCE have been lobbying the Governor and California State Legislature to take away fire victims’ ability to enforce their constitutional, Eminent Domain rights in order to reduce their corporate liability for causing the 2017 fires.
By John Fiske
The utilities, which earned a combined $3 billion in profits last year on nearly $41 billion in revenues, are moving on several fronts to limit their liability for wildfires sparked by their own lines or equipment. Their goal is to stick taxpayers or their customers — rather than their own shareholders — for the costs of damages resulting from those fires.
By Michael Hiltzik
After a barrage of devastating wildfires raged across our state in recent months, it is time for all Californians to accept a sobering fact: this is the new normal.
By Christian Rataj
After last year’s calamity, officials are making the same decisions that put homeowners at risk in the first place.
By Christopher Flavelle
California’s natural environment is changing and becoming more fire-prone. But insulating those at risk from the impacts of this shift from the true cost of the risks that they now confront cuts against California’s otherwise enlightened approach to climate awareness.
By Ian Adams