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The next phase: As lawsuits pile up, disaster victims look for accountability

By   /  Friday, February 9th, 2018  /  Latest news  /  Comments Off on The next phase: As lawsuits pile up, disaster victims look for accountability

A family photo lies in a pile of mud and debris after mudslides ravaged Montecito. (Robert Shutt photo) Lawsuits continued to mount against Southern California Edison, contending that the utility was at fault in the Thomas fire and subsequent mudslides, while business leaders began to rally efforts to strengthen sales. Two filings in the Santa Read More →

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Lawsuit filed blaming Southern California Edison for Thomas fire and mudslides

By   /  Thursday, January 25th, 2018  /  Latest news, Law  /  Comments Off on Lawsuit filed blaming Southern California Edison for Thomas fire and mudslides

A class action lawsuit was filed Jan. 24 against Southern California Edison claiming that the company is to blame for the  Thomas fire and Montecito mudslides. The suit filed by Santa Barbara’s Cappello & Noël LLP named as plaintiffs individuals and small businesses who suffered property damage and lost income, according to a news release. Read More →

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Thomas fire lawsuit expanded to include mudslide victims

By   /  Tuesday, January 16th, 2018  /  Latest news, Law  /  Comments Off on Thomas fire lawsuit expanded to include mudslide victims

Attorneys for victims of the mudslides in Montecito have joined an earlier lawsuit against Southern California Edison over the Thomas fire, blaming actions by the giant utility and the Montecito Water District for the devastation that killed at least 20 people. The lawsuit claims that the fire originated from two separate pole-mounted transformers owned and Read More →

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PG&E frees up cash in the midst of Northern California wildfire investigation

By   /  Friday, December 22nd, 2017  /  Latest news  /  Comments Off on PG&E frees up cash in the midst of Northern California wildfire investigation

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Biggest fire in state’s history hurts growers

By   /  Friday, December 22nd, 2017  /  Latest news  /  Comments Off on Biggest fire in state’s history hurts growers

Updated on Dec. 29: Losses mounted for tri-county agriculture as firefighters gained ground on the Thomas fire over the Christmas holiday weekend. Containment jumped to 88 percent as of press time on Dec. 26, with 281,620 acres reported burned — officially the largest fire in the state’s history. Nearly 900 fire personnel remained on hand Read More →

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Thousands flee fast moving blaze as it ravages Ventura County

By   /  Tuesday, December 5th, 2017  /  Latest news  /  Comments Off on Thousands flee fast moving blaze as it ravages Ventura County

Driven by 60 mph winds, a brush fire that started late Dec. 4 in the Santa Paula area grew to 45,000 acres and destroyed 150 structures in Ventura County, including parts of the Ventura Harbor. Mandatory evacuations were ordered for nearly 8,000 homes in parts of Ventura, Santa Paula and Ojai, and road closures were Read More →

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NRG allowed to suspend proceedings on Puente Power Project

By   /  Monday, November 6th, 2017  /  Energy, Latest news, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on NRG allowed to suspend proceedings on Puente Power Project

The California Energy Commission granted Houston-based NRG Energy’s request to suspend its proceedings on the Oxnard Puente Power Project. The decision gives the company six months to decide whether it wants to move forward with the Puente proposal, during which time regulators and utility Southern California Edison have indicated that they plan to conduct an Read More →

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