PG&E Officials Removed For Improper Communications

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. says three senior officials have lost their jobs over improper communications with state regulators. The move Monday follows PG&E's internal investigation of allegations of improper contacts between the utility and officials at the California Public Utilities Commission. PG&E says its probe found improper emails last January between PG&E and the commission over the assignment of state officials to decide a rate case involving PG&E. The internal probe stemmed from allegations surrounding a separate state probe of a deadly 2010 PG&E pipeline blast in San Bruno. In July, emails made public at the request of the city of San Bruno showed PG&E officials discussing with top state utility commission officials and staffers how much the state should fine PG& E in that blast. The commission said Monday that commission president Michael Peevey was removing himself from the San Bruno case and from the other case.