EX-PG&E WORKER CLAIMS UTILITY MISLED REGULATORS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A former PG&E manager has filed a lawsuit alleging that he was fired for refusing to participate in the utility's plan to mislead regulators into approving rate increases.
Christopher Surbey filed the lawsuit on Tuesday in San Francisco Superior Court.
Surbey alleges that PG&E used information he provided on the need to overhaul a computer system to trick regulators into obtaining a rate increase. He says the utility had no intention to use the increase to upgrade the system, and that he was fired when he protested that decision.
A PG&E spokesman said the lawsuit contains numerous inaccuracies and that Surbey was laid off in 2011 with 200 other IT workers as part of a reorganization of the company.
VALLEJO MAN SUSPECTED OF PAINTING CROSSWALK : VALLEJO (AP) — A Northern California man is facing vandalism charges after authorities say he painted a crosswalk on a street, allegedly telling officials it was needed.
Fifty-two-year-old Anthony Cardenas was arrested Thursday morning in Vallejo and booked into Solano County Jail on suspicion of felony vandalism. Solano County Sheriff's Lt. Brad DeWall says workers spotted Cardenas committing the vandalism at a city intersection.
The intersection already has three crosswalks.
DeWall says Cardenas also painted lines through those.
State transportation workers painted over Cardenas' alleged crosswalk later in the day. A police cadet had been posted at the intersection until then to keep pedestrians from using it.
Cardenas remained behind bars Friday on $15,000 bail. Dewall says he did not have an attorney.
BART RESTORES FULL SERVICE TEMPORARILY FOR RIDERS: OAKLAND (AP) — Bay Area Rapid Transit officials say they will complete repairs overnight on a damaged third-rail in the Transbay tube that snarled train service during the morning commute.
Full service was temporarily restored between San Francisco and the East Bay on Friday morning and will be in place for the evening commute.
BART spokeswoman Luna Salaver said riders should experience only minor delays from here on out.
The damage to the third rail occurred when two maintenance vehicles collided inside the tube earlier in the morning. Trains were single-tracked through the tube during the morning.
BART officials say they will complete repair work overnight, allowing trains to move in both directions for the rest of the day.
About 194,000 passengers ride through the tube on an average weekday.