Request #19-383


Kenneth J. Black

Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP

One Montgomery Street, Suite 1800

San Francisco, CA 94104


July 25, 2019


Public Record Requests

California Public Utilities Commission

505 Van Ness Ave.,

San Francisco, CA 94102

Phone: 415.703.2782

Fax: 415.703.1758

Re:       Public Records Act Request for Documents Pertaining to PG&E and California Wildfires

Pursuant to the California Public Records Act, Cal. Gov. Code §6250, et. seq., I request copies of the following documents from the California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”) pertaining to its investigation of and/or communications with Pacific Gas and Electric Company or the related PG&E Corporation (collectively, “PG&E”):

  1. All documents and communications produced, transmitted, or otherwise sent by the CPUC to The Wall Street Journal or any other media outlet pertaining to PG&E from 2017 to the present in response to a California Public Records Act or other records request[1];
  1. All documents and other materials related to any investigation or investigations, including any preliminary information gathering, the CPUC conducted regarding fires PG&E caused or may have caused in California between 2015 and 2018, specifically:
  • The Butte Fire that started in September 2015 in Amador County, CA;
  • The North Bay Fires (also known or referred to as the Northern California Wildfires or Wine County Fires) that started in October 2017 and occurred in various Northern California locations; and
  • The Camp Fire that started in November 2018 near the city of Paradise, Butte County, CA.
  1. All documents containing or memorializing any findings that concern the investigations of the fires referenced in paragraph 2 above; and
  1. All other documents and communications created, produced, transmitted or sent between 2015 and the present pertaining to PG&E’s safety actions or inactions, practices and policies, including:
  • The status, maintenance, and repair of PG&E’s transmission and distribution lines, towers, and other equipment;
  • PG&E’s tree clearance and vegetation management;
  • PG&E’s allocation of resources, such as money and personnel, to safety measures; and
  • Any audits or other risk or other assessments of PG&E’s safety actions or inactions, practices and policies.

If the requested records are not available in electronic form, I agree to pay reasonable copying costs associated with the request, not to exceed $1,000 without prior authorization.  Please contact me regarding any copying costs and I will make arrangements to pay them.

If my request is denied in whole or in part, please identify the CPUC’s legal basis for such denials, and if possible, an estimate of the amount of denied information. If the CPUC withholds categories of exempted information, please release the non-exempted segregable portions of such records.  Finally, my firm is prepared to make an administrative appeal if the CPUC’s response is not satisfactory and would like the name of the official to whom such a request should be addressed if necessary.

If you have any questions regarding my request, please contact me by email,, or by phone at 415-288-4545.  I look forward to your response within the next ten days, as outlined by statute.


Kenneth J. Black


[1] See “PG&E Knew for Years Its Lines Could Spark Wildfires, and Didn’t Fix Them,” The Wall Street Journal (July 10, 2019), (describing documents obtained by The Wall Street Journal from the CPUC).


July 25, 2019 via web


Legal -- Public Records Act





Point of Contact

Public Records

Request Closed Public

Responsive Documents Disclosed

The Commission provided all responsive documents available.

August 14, 2019, 3:53pm
Request Published Public
July 26, 2019, 9:49am
Department Assignment Public
Legal -- Public Records Act
July 25, 2019, 5:22pm
Request Opened Public
Request received via web
July 25, 2019, 5:22pm