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February 2, 2009 | Ronald D. White
Southern California Gas Co. has reached a tentative contract accord with union negotiators, averting a strike by most of its 7,600 employees. SoCal Gas, the nation's largest natural gas distribution utility, and Local 132 of the Utility Workers Union of America agreed on a new three-year labor contract near midnight Saturday, said officials from both sides of the negotiations.
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August 9, 2012 | By Ronald D. White
Pump prices for regular gasoline jumped by more than a nickel a gallon overnight as they climbed back toward $4, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's Weekend Gas Watch. Usually, gasoline prices change only a penny or two a gallon during any 24-hour period. The Auto Club said it was one of the first retail price reactions to the fire earlier this week at Chevron Corp.'s sprawling Richmond refinery. Although the refinery is on the shore of San Rafael Bay, north of San Francisco and Oakland, it is an important fuel provider for Southern California.
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BUSINESS
June 19, 1989 | From Associated Press
The sponsors of two interstate pipeline companies and Southern California Gas Co., the nation's largest gas utility, today said they have settled a four-year regulatory dispute, apparently clearing the way for two natural gas pipelines into Southern California. The agreement between Kern River Gas Transmission Co., Mojave Pipeline Co., and Southern California Gas Co. must still be approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the companies said. Under the agreement, both Kern River and Mojave would build and operate pipelines into California to a point in the desert near Barstow, where the pipelines would merge.
BUSINESS
August 2, 2012 | By Ronald D. White
Retail gasoline prices have risen for a third straight week, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's Weekend Gas Watch. But motorists might find some solace in the fact that it could be worse. They could be living in New York City or Chicago or Detroit, to name a few other big cities. “Oil prices are still in the $85-$90 a barrel range and providing some upward pressure to gas prices,” said Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring. “However, other states have seen much larger price increases over the past month.
BUSINESS
July 10, 1992 | ANDREA MAIER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Southern California Gas Co. said Thursday that it will close four of its nine administrative headquarters by the end of 1993, eliminating 158 jobs as part of an ongoing cost-cutting program. The announcement drew immediate criticism from officials of SoCal Gas' largest labor union, which has blasted the company's reorganization as detrimental to employees and consumers. The company said regional offices in Visalia, Tujunga, Santa Barbara and San Dimas will be shut by the end of 1993.
BUSINESS
March 14, 1985 | BRUCE KEPPEL, Times Staff Writer
In the first sign that deregulation of natural gas prices can reduce rates at the wellhead, Southern California Gas Co. reported Wednesday that it will pay $100 million less than expected in the year starting May 1. As a result, the company said in a filing with the state Public Utilities Commission, the rates it charges its 4 million Southland customers will remain stable. Those rates, which dipped modestly Jan.
BUSINESS
January 29, 2009 | Ronald D. White
Southern California Gas Co. and the union representing its workers are running out of negotiating time on a labor contract that expires this weekend. A strike could begin as early as midnight Saturday against the company that serves more than 20.3 million consumers in Southern California. On Sunday, Local 132 of the Utility Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO, asked its members for an authorization vote that would give the union the right to call a walkout if negotiations fail.
NEWS
August 16, 1988 | DONALD WOUTAT, Times Staff Writer
Southern California Gas, blaming unusually high demand for natural gas by the region's electricity generators, will sharply cut gas deliveries to Southern California Edison and other electric utilities as of 6 a.m. today to conserve gas for winter. The curtailment will force the utilities to burn oil to power their generators, roughly doubling the air pollution contributed by electric utilities at the peak of Southern California's smog season.
NEWS
March 21, 1993 | ELSTON CARR
To help low-income customers conserve energy and save money, the Southern California Gas Co. has launched a program to insulate and repair homes in South and South-Central Los Angeles. The program will include the repair of cracked doors and windows, insulation of attics, and installation of weatherstripping, low-flow shower heads and water-heater blankets, said Darryl Miller, a manager for the Gas Co.
BUSINESS
March 7, 1985
Robert M. McIntyre, president of Southern California Gas Co., will become the utility's chairman and chief executive when chairman John C. Abram retires Oct. 1 at age 65. McIntyre, 61, who joined the gas company as a salesman in 1952, has been in line for the top job since his appointment as president in 1980. Abram's retirement completes a career at the company spanning 34 years. He began as an industrial gas engineer in 1951 and assumed the chairmanship in 1981.
BUSINESS
June 21, 2012 | By Ronald D. White
The third straight week of double-digit price declines have dropped the average price for a gallon of regular gasoline in Southern California to under $4. The averages are also within a penny of what most of the region was paying for fuel last year, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's Weekend Gas Watch. “The last time gas prices started tumbling down at this record pace was in July 2008,” said Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring. “The drop is great news for July 4 travelers and may encourage even more trips than AAA's projected 5% increase in holiday travel compared to 2011.” The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $3.925 per gallon, which is 13.2 cents less than last week, 44 cents lower than last month, and one penny higher than last year.
BUSINESS
August 20, 2009 | Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Everyone knows solar power can heat homes and generate electricity. But on a rooftop in Downey, Southern California Gas Co. engineers are using solar mirrors to cool down their offices. Engineers are testing two technologies that use mirrors to concentrate sunlight onto pipes with water running through them. The heated water powers a thermal process in a chiller that cools the cold water used in air conditioning units. "When we tell people we heat water up only to cool it down, they don't get it at first," said David Berokoff, a technology development manager at SoCal Gas. "But all this technology has been around for a while.
BUSINESS
February 2, 2009 | Ronald D. White
Southern California Gas Co. has reached a tentative contract accord with union negotiators, averting a strike by most of its 7,600 employees. SoCal Gas, the nation's largest natural gas distribution utility, and Local 132 of the Utility Workers Union of America agreed on a new three-year labor contract near midnight Saturday, said officials from both sides of the negotiations.
BUSINESS
January 29, 2009 | Ronald D. White
Southern California Gas Co. and the union representing its workers are running out of negotiating time on a labor contract that expires this weekend. A strike could begin as early as midnight Saturday against the company that serves more than 20.3 million consumers in Southern California. On Sunday, Local 132 of the Utility Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO, asked its members for an authorization vote that would give the union the right to call a walkout if negotiations fail.
BUSINESS
March 24, 2000 | Nancy Rivera Brooks
Southern California Gas Co. has installed its 5-millionth natural gas meter, becoming the first gas utility in the nation to hit that mark. The meter was installed at a single-family home in Corona. Those 5 million meters represent 18 million consumers in 23,000 square miles in Central and Southern California. Los Angeles-based Southern California Gas was founded 133 years ago and now is a subsidiary of San Diego-based Sempra Energy Corp., which also owns San Diego Gas & Electric.
BUSINESS
December 17, 1999 | Nancy Rivera Brooks
The California Public Utilities Commission approved one-time refunds for Southern California Gas customers who receive their gas directly from the utility. For a typical residential customer, the refund will be about $16 and will appear as a credit on the January bill.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 1991 | From The Associated Press
The state Public Utilities Commission has approved a rate decrease for Southern California Gas Co. customers but an increase for San Diego Gas & Electric. Both changes, which the commission made on Friday, take effect Jan 1. An 8% rate reduction was approved for SoCal Gas because of lower gas costs. A 5.6% rate increase was approved for San Diego Gas & Electric because of inflation. The average residential customer of SoCal Gas will pay $1.
BUSINESS
March 3, 1992 | MICHAEL PARRISH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As state regulators weigh complaints that Southern California Gas Co. has sacrificed service in the interest of cost cutting, a union leader--citing a survey of workers--fueled the debate Monday by saying that growing workloads were harming the utility's customers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 1999 | NORINE DRESSER, Norine Dresser's latest book is "Multicultural Celebrations" (Three Rivers Press, 1999). E-mail: norined@earthlink.net
Before entering the home of his next customer, Mike, the Southern California Gas Co. serviceman, covers his shoes with surgical booties. What does it mean? OSHA regulations require service personnel to wear leather boots with metal toe-covers while they work.
BUSINESS
July 17, 1997 | CHRIS KRAUL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
California regulators on Wednesday ordered Southern California Gas Co. to reduce its rates by 7%, a boon to consumers but a ruling that points to layoffs, deep cost cuts and a possible rethinking of a proposed $6-billion merger with Enova Corp. In effect, the decision by the state Public Utilities Commission will force SoCal Gas to cut annual costs by $160 million by the start of next year to offset the reduced revenue.
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