Thursday, January 29, 2015

Thursday Must Reads: State Agents Search Ex-CPUC Chief’s Home; Racial Divide Persists in California Over Police

By Robert Gammon
Thu, Jan 29, 2015 at 9:18 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

click to enlarge Michael Peevey.
  • Michael Peevey.
1. State investigators searched the home of ex-CPUC chief Michael Peevey and seized computers and documents related to the judge-shopping scandal involving PG&E, the Chron reports. Investigators also searched the Orinda home of ex-PG&E official Brian Cherry, who orchestrated the utility’s effort to get favorable judges assigned to PG&E regulatory cases. Cherry was fired and Peevey resigned over the scandal.

2. Despite a series of high-profile incidents in which white cops shot and killed unarmed African Americans, whites and blacks remain deeply divided in their views of police in California, the Chron reports. According to a new poll by the Public Policy Institute of California, 74 percent of whites approve of work done by local police compared to just 36 percent of blacks. In addition, 85 percent of African Americans think that minorities do not get equal treatment under the law compared to 50 percent of whites who hold that belief.

3. San Francisco police handcuffed and arrested a defense attorney outside a courtroom on Tuesday when she attempted to intervene as cops were questioning her client, the Chron reports. The San Francisco Public Defender’s Office strongly criticized police, contending that Deputy Public Defender Jami Tillotson was just doing her job.

4. California health officials declared that e-cigarettes are a public health threat, noting that the electronic tobacco devices emit carcinogens, the Chron reports. But supporters of the vaping devices contend that e-cigs are safer than traditional cigarettes.

5. And wildlife rescuers released back into the wild about two dozen aquatic birds that had been contaminated with a mysterious goo, the Chron and CoCo Times$ report. About 150 birds have died from the goo, which has yet to be identified.  

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