A U.S. judge in charge of a criminal case involving Pacific Gas & Electric Co. is questioning the utility to tell any role it may have acted in a massive wildfire that destroyed a Northern California town.
Judge William Alsup in San Francisco instructed PG&E in a court filing on Tuesday to answer to numbers of questions about power line safety and wildfires.
Alsup is in charge of a 2016 jury verdict and following sentence against PG&E brewing from a disastrous natural gas pipeline explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area.
A judge last year commanded an independent monitor to supervise the safety of the company’s gas pipeline system and put the company on trial for five years.
Alsup said he wants to know whether that sentence might be cited if any wildfire were started by the careless operation or maintenance of PG&E power lines.
A businessman angered over the destruction to the town of Paradise due to a deadly Northern California wildfire plans to give $1,000 each to students and staff members from the local high school.
Real estate developer and restaurant owner Bob Wilson plans on Tuesday to hand out checks summing up to $1.1 million to Paradise High School’s 980 students and 105 teachers and staff members in the nearby small city of Chico.
Wilson, who is from the San Diego area and says he considered the donation after reading a Los Angeles Times story about the high school still standing with students scattered and separated from each other.
Wilson opens up that high school was the only “truly carefree time” of his life and that learning about the students’ difficulties broke his heart.