(CNN)California Gov. Gavin Newsom has rejected the bankruptcy reorganization plan proposed by utility giant Pacific Gas and Electric, saying that the proposal would not result in a "company positioned to provide safe, reliable and affordable service to its customers." PG&E filed for bankruptcy protection in January after coming under pressure from billions of dollars in claims tied to deadly wildfires. As part of its restructuring plan, the company announced last week that it had agreed to pay $13.5 billion to individuals affected by several recent fires in the state. But, the utility's reorganization plan does not include some requirements established in state law, including "major changes in governance" and "enforcement mechanisms," Newsom said in a letter to the utility's CEO and President Bill Johnson on Friday. "PG&E's chapter 11 cases punctuate more than two decades of mismanagement, misconduct, and failed efforts to improve its safety culture," Newsom wrote. "The … [Read more...] about California governor rejects PG&E’s $13.5 billion plan to get out of bankruptcy
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PARIS—The Washington Post’s vast investigative report about the delusions and lies of successive American administrations in Afghanistan reads almost like a celebration of superpower humiliation. Drawing on hundreds of internal U.S. government interviews about “lessons learned,” it would reinforce anyone’s belief the best lesson would be to get the fuck out. Like, yesterday already. Certainly the documents dovetail with U.S. President Donald J. Trump’s promise that he’ll be the one to end this “endless war.” Amb. Ryan Crocker, one of the diplomats quoted extensively in the articles, told me after the series came out, “the Post has just helped [Trump] immensely.” And sure enough, NBC and other media reported Saturday night that Trump is preparing a drawdown of 4,000 more troops, to a level of 8,000 to 9,000 boots on the ground, with the aim of "ending" the war (for Americans) before the 2020 election. But is complete … [Read more...] about Trump, Afghanistan, and ‘The Tweet of Damocles’
Most HGTV shows give us the idea that home remodeling projects take place in 30 minutes and include just one token problem right before a commercial break ("Chip, there's mold behind the molding!"). But in the non-reality-TV real world, many major renovations—from additions to kitchen and bath redos to finishing unfinished spaces—involve multiple hiccups and take too long, testing your patience, your family relationships, and your wallet. The potential star or villain in this chaos is a general contractor. The right one can create a hit show of sorts, bringing in plumbers, electricians, and other professionals to work with your architect or designer, if you have one. And perhaps most importantly, they'll consider and respond to your opinions, tastes, and budget. They also might point you toward options that bring your project in under budget. Below are some basic strategies for hiring a contractor who can successfully complete your project. Through a special arrangement, … [Read more...] about Philly Area’s Best General Contractors: New Ratings Released
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At Christmas, there’s no room at your town’s inn. And you’re running short of innkeepers. What to do? People in Visalia might suggest building a bigger inn. This is a Christmas story about a church, managing the twin challenges of shortage and abundance — and how the biggest things fit best in our smallest places. By 2021, Visalia, a city of just 136,000, will be home to one of America’s largest Catholic churches. With more than 3,000 seats in its 33,825 square feet, St. Charles Borromeo Church will accommodate more believers than St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. If the notion of such a large church on the southwestern edge of a small city seems jarring, it’s only because the idea is so at odds with California’s usual logic. Our state too often responds to shortages of resources by making cuts or lowering our horizons. But in Visalia, the Good Shepherd Catholic Parish is treating its own challenges as an opportunity to foster … [Read more...] about The lesson of Visalia’s ‘Amen Corner’