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Pipeline Explosion Survivors Plan Memorial

The AP reports, "Survivors of a deadly pipeline explosion in a San Francisco Bay area suburb plan to hold a memorial to commemorate the two years that have passed since the blast, even as they continue to press for stronger pipeline safety reforms. On Tuesday, neighbors gathered at the San Bruno blast site with Assemblyman Jerry Hill, a Democrat who represents the area and is sponsoring three bills aimed at upgrading pipeline oversight." The AP adds, "Eight people died, dozens were injured and 38 homes overlooking the bay were destroyed in the Sept. 9, 2010, explosion."

The San Jose Mercury News reports, "Of the 38 homes destroyed, eight have been rebuilt, 15 are in some stage of construction and the rest have been bought out by the utility or their owners haven't disclosed their plans to the city. As part of the utility's settlement with the city, PG&E turned over five of the lots plus $68.7 million to San Bruno." Assemblyman Jerry Hill "said at least one of his San Bruno-related bills, three of which await Gov. Jerry Brown's signature, faced resistance from utilities." SCE and PG&E "opposed AB 861, which would have prohibited executive bonuses based on company stock price or earnings. Hill says the current system encourages the managers to cut safety spending in order to maintain profits." The San Francisco Chronicle and Bay City (CA) News are also covering this story.