PG&E Asks Legislature For Help In Paying Wildfire Victims

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A troubled California utility company is asking the state Legislature to let it borrow money without paying taxes so it can compensate victims of a devastating wildfire caused by its equipment. Pacific Gas & Electric is facing up to $30 billion in potential damages from lawsuits stemming from recent wildfires, including one last year that killed 86 people and destroyed much of the town of Paradise. The proposal authored by Republican Assemblyman Chad Mayes would let a state entity issue tax-exempt bonds on behalf of PG&E. Shareholders would pay off the bonds, not ratepayers. And taxpayers would not have to pay in case of default. A spokeswoman for Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins said the Senate Rules Committee has not decided if the bill will move forward.

Suspect Reportedly Posing As Maintenance Man, Stealing From Holiday Inn

STOCKTON (CBS13) — Stockton police are looking for help finding a man who has reportedly been posing as a maintenance working and stealing from a Holiday Inn. Surveillance video from Aug. 9 shows the man, with a mustache and goatee, on the first floor of the hotel wearing a uniform. Police say during the past month, the suspect has stolen about $1,000 worth of equipment from the hotel. According to police, the man has been on the property sporadically in the past weeks and was involved in other thefts and incidents. READ ALSO: Search On For Ceres Residential Burglary Suspect He has been caught on camera knocking on hotel room doors and identifying himself as a maintenance man. The suspect is identified as a Hispanic male adult, average build, 20 to 30 years old with black hair in a ponytail, a black mustache and goatee. He is last seen wearing a uniformed jump suit, white undershirt and tennis shoes. He appears to be homeless and is known to the area. If you recognize him, please contact Detective Gandy at 937-8176 or Stockton Crime Stoppers 946-0600.

Small Plane With 10 People On-Board Catches Fire At Oroville Airport; No Injuries Reported

OROVILLE (CBS13) – The latest on a plane that caught fire at the Oroville Municipal Airport: 2:39 p.m. The FAA says 10 people were on board the small plane when it slid off the end of the runway. According to preliminary information, the twin-engine Cessna Citation had to abort takeoff for an unknown reason. This caused the plane to crash off the runway and into some surrounding grass. It then caught fire. There have been no reports of injuries, however, the FAA says. @ChicoFD equipment arrived to foam the aircraft — CHP Oroville (@CHP_Oroville) August 21, 2019 The plane was scheduled to fly from Oroville to the Portland International Airport. Both the FAA and NTSB will be investigating the incident. 12:46 p.m. A small plane has caught fire at the Oroville Municipal Airport on Wednesday. Exactly what led up to the plane catching fire is unclear, but California Highway Patrol’s Oroville division says there has been no word on any injuries. Flames from the fire have spread to nearby vegetation at the airport. Cal Fire and Butte County Fire Department crews are busy working…

Vaccine Critic Cited After Pushing Sen. Richard Pan Near California State Capitol

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Police have cited an anti-vaccine advocate for assaulting Senator Richard Pan in Sacramento in an incident all caught on video. The incident happened on L Street near the California State Capitol on Wednesday. Austin Bennett filmed himself on Facebook live confronting Senator Pan as he was walking. Bennett can be heard questioning Pan, apparently taking issue over the state senator’s push to curtail vaccine exemptions. As Pan continues to walk, Bennett eventually shoves the senator. #BREAKING Sacramento Police cite and release anti-vaccine advocate for misdemeanor assault on @DrPanMD on L Street. Dr. Pan not hurt. 54-yr-old Kenneth Austin Bennett facing charge. — stevelarge (@largesteven) August 21, 2019 “I probably shouldn’t have done that,” Bennett says in the video. Still, Bennett didn’t shy away from admitting that he pushed the senator. “Yes, I pushed Richard Pan for lying, laughing at us and for treason,” Bennett wrote in his caption for the video on Facebook. Sacramento police cited and released Bennett for misdemeanor assault. Bennett was one of some 70 people who filed a petition to recall Senator Pan earlier in the year, according…

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