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NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA
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• CITY ASKS PG&E TO RELEASE EMAILS: SAN BRUNO (AP) — A Northern California city is asking the state to force Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to release tens of thousands of emails between the state’s largest utility and state regulators.

The San Francisco-area suburb of San Bruno filed the requests Monday with the state. San Bruno is asking officials to compel PG&E to release 65,000 emails between the utility and the California Public Utilities Commission. The request stems from a 2010 PG&E pipeline explosion that killed eight people in San Bruno. San Bruno city officials charge cozy relations between the utility and state regulators contributed to the blast.

PG&E spokesman Keith Stephens responded to San Bruno’s filing by saying the utility will comply with any request from regulatory officials.

 

• CAR HITS AND INJURES 12 LOOKING AT HOLIDAY LIGHTS: LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man suspected of driving drunk struck and injured a dozen people who were parked while looking at a holiday light display in suburban Los Angeles, authorities said.

Eleven people were rushed to hospitals following the crash Sunday night, Alhambra police Sgt. Jerry Johnson said. A 27-year-old woman remained in critical condition Monday with a head injury. All of the injured were expected to survive, Johnson said.

Police said the group gathered after dark to watch an annual holiday display at a neighborhood home in the city of Alhambra.

A pickup truck was heading north through an intersection when it hit T-boned two parked cars filled with people, Johnson said.

Ismael Soto of Los Angeles was arrested at the scene on suspicion of driving under the influence and driving without a valid license, Johnson said. Soto, 28, was treated at a hospital for a cut on his head. He was on probation following a DUI conviction in October 2013, Johnson said.

 

• AIRBNB: LA HOSTS COLLECT $43.1 MILLION IN RENT: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Short-term housing rentals are growing in Los Angeles — and so is the debate around them.

“Home sharing” industry giant Airbnb has released a study showing its website helped nearly 4,500 “hosts” rent out rooms or homes in the city of Los Angeles over a 12-month period ending in April. The hosts collected $43.1 million in rent.

The Los Angeles Times reports the study comes as City Council members are calling for tighter regulations on short-term rental arrangements.

The Airbnb study found guests and hosts directly or indirectly spent $312 million, enough to support 2,600 jobs.

Yet while business booms concerns have risen over zoning laws, neighborhood preservation, taxes and a squeezing of the broader housing market. City Council members have asked the city to study short-term rental laws.

 

• INDICTMENT FOR MAN CHARGED IN HUGE  FIRE: SACRAMENTO  (AP) — A man previously charged with deliberately starting a huge Northern California wildfire that burned a dozen homes has now been indicted by a grand jury, El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson said Monday.

Wayne Allen Huntsman, 37, of Pollock Pines was indicted this month on one count of arson of forest land, with multiple aggravating factors. He was arraigned Monday on the indictment, with his bail remaining at $10 million until his next court appearance Jan. 23.

He pleaded not guilty, as he did to a similar complaint in September. 

The indictment charges that on Sept. 13 he “willfully, unlawfully, and maliciously” set what developed into the King Fire, which burned more than 150 square miles east of Sacramento and forced nearly 2,800 evacuations.