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‘Explain how things got this bad’: California congressman wants PG&E oversight hearing

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A California lawmaker wants to pull PG&E before Congress for an oversight hearing over how the bankrupt company plans to prevent future problems with wildfires.

The request from Rep. Josh Harder, D-Turlock, is the latest in a long stream of blowback toward PG&E from politicians, businesses and the public since the company’s equipment triggered deadly California wildfires in 2017 and 2018.

Democratic presidential candidate and California Sen. Kamala Harris introduced legislation that would ban utilities under bankruptcy, like PG&E, from paying bonuses to executives.

The California Public Utilities Commission unanimously voted Wednesday to investigate PG&E’s massive October blackouts that left millions of Californians without power.

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Man behind a ‘Straight Pride’ event is ridiculed for saying organizers are ‘peaceful racist group’

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A man behind a planned ‘Straight Pride’ event in California provoked laughter at a meeting when he referred to the organizers as a ‘totally peaceful racist group.’

Don Grundmann addressed a Modesto City Council meeting on Wednesday about his plans to hold a ‘Straight Pride’ rally on August 24.

He chastened council-member Kristi Ah You, accusing her of ‘pulling the race card’ and allegedly inflaming tensions by attacking the group as racists.

Footage then shows him make the embarrassing gaffe, with the room erupting into laughter at his remarks.

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