PG&E paid a record fine for the 2010 gas explosion in San Bruno. But the utility is so big that the penalty barely registered. The PUC needs more staff and better technology, but maybe its new head is right, and PG&E should be broken up.
The dollar-an-hour pay raise workers will get at McDonald’s is a smart move by the company. But it won’t do much about income disparity because most of the company’s workers are young people. And automation becomes more attractive as labor costs rise.