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Wildfire victims could see easier utility billing process

Californians displaced by last month’s devastating wildfires may get a little help dealing with their monthly utility bills, if state regulators approve a package of emergency consumer protection measures Thursday. [Read entire story]

PG&E reports from fire zones show toppled trees, downed lines, broken poles

Late in the evening of Oct. 8, the night wildfires erupted across Wine Country, winds blew branches and entire trees into Pacific Gas and Electric Co. power lines throughout a wide swath of Northern California, according [Read entire story]

Proposed bill would block utilities from passing wildfire costs to customers

Four California legislators on Monday said they plan to introduce a bill that would bar electric utilities from passing on to their customers the costs of wildfires caused by the companies’ negligence. [Read entire story]

UAW complaint alleges Tesla fired employees for backing union

The United Auto Workers filed a federal complaint Wednesday accusing Tesla of firing employees for supporting efforts to organize the electric car maker’s Fremont factory. The complaint, filed with the [Read entire story]

To help fire victims rebuild, group wants utility deposits suspended

A consumer group wants California regulators to temporarily waive utility account deposits for people hit by this month’s devastating wildfires and prevent companies from cutting off service for late payments. [Read entire story]

California wildfires: PG&E warns investors of possible financial hit

PG&E Corp. has about $800 million in insurance to cover claims in case its subsidiary Pacific Gas and Electric Co. is found liable for any of the fires currently burning through Northern California, the company reported [Read entire story]

Tesla reportedly fires hundreds

Tesla fired several hundred employees this week, even as it tries to increase production, according to a report published Friday. The Palo Alto maker of luxury electric cars fired an estimated 400 to 700 [Read entire story]

Sonoma County Airport still closed, terminal without power

All scheduled flights into and out of the Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa were canceled for a second straight day Tuesday, as a devastating wildfire left much of the city without electricity. The [Read entire story]

Brown signs last in series of bill to clean up Public Utilities Commission

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation to reform the California agency that regulates utility companies, legislation triggered by the deadly 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion. The Sept. 9, 2010 [Read entire story]

San Francisco Chronicle, others oppose closing bulk of Waymo-Uber trial

The San Francisco Chronicle joined with nine other news organizations and a First Amendment group Monday to urge that most of the upcoming trial between Waymo and Uber over self-driving car technology remain open to the [Read entire story]

Airlines waive fees for travelers to Las Vegas in wake of shooting

Airlines on Monday waived fees for travelers trying to delay and re-book trips to Las Vegas, as one of America’s most popular vacation spots reeled from a horrific mass shooting. The details varied [Read entire story]

Uber appeases unhappy drivers by boosting pay for shared Pool rides

Bowing to persistent complaints, Uber announced Tuesday that it will pay drivers more for additional riders they pick up on a shared trip. UberPool, which uses the same car to carry multiple passengers [Read entire story]

GM, Cruise unveil self-driving car ready for mass production

General Motors’ purchase last year of San Francisco self-driving startup Cruise Automation appears to be bearing fruit. The two companies on Monday unveiled a jointly developed self-driving car that [Read entire story]

Waymo self-driving minivan has different type of accident

Waymo, formerly known as Google’s self-driving car project, reported its latest minor traffic accident Monday — and for once, it didn’t involve a human driver rear-ending one of the company’s autonomous vehicles [Read entire story]

Waymo’s Matrix-like world for training self-driving cars

Much like student drivers, Waymo’s self-driving minivans regularly stumble upon situations they’ve never seen before. Maybe it’s an unusual object in the roadway, or an intersection with an odd [Read entire story]

Harvey closes Chevron’s Houston offices, but offshore oil platforms still functioning

Chevron Corp. has closed its Houston offices amid the widespread flooding triggered by Tropical Storm Harvey. Although based in San Ramon, Chevron has more employees and contractors in the Houston area — about 8,000 [Read entire story]

California power grid survives solar eclipse unscathed

FOLSOM, Sacramento County — Monday’s partial eclipse statewide took a sharp, sudden bite out of solar power production in California. And the electricity grid survived just fine. [Read entire story]

CA officials: Grid is fine despite loss of solar power

As the sun’s shape dwindled to a slender crescent on Monday, managers of California’s electrical grid assured a not-terribly-nervous public that they had this whole solar eclipse thing well in hand. [Read entire story]

Ford CEO: Self-driving taxis won’t replace the private car

The auto industry is on the cusp of a huge transformation, with self-driving cars and ride-hailing services fundamentally changing the way society moves. Jim Hackett’s job is to find a place in this [Read entire story]

Nest thermostats to save power during Aug. 21 eclipse

California has grown so dependent on solar power that state officials have called on residents to conserve electricity during this month’s eclipse. Nest — a subsidiary of Google’s parent company, Alphabet — is [Read entire story]