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July 21, 1994 | MICHAEL PARRISH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The California Public Utilities Commission on Wednesday approved a settlement that will give Southern California Gas Co. customers a small but long-term rate reduction, beginning next month. What has become known as the Global Settlement resolves a host of long-running gas pricing disputes between the utility, its suppliers and consumer advocates. The relief for customers--from residents to big industrial users--will be lower rates over the next 19 years, beginning with a modest drop Aug. 1.
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March 30, 2014 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Most people may take natural gas for granted. It fuels the flame on your stove, fires your furnace. It's there when you need it. For Sempra Energy, natural gas is big business. The San Diego company owns Southern California Gas Co., the nation's largest natural gas distribution company, and San Diego Gas & Electric, one of the largest publicly owned power companies in the country. Sempra reported net income of $1 billion last year on revenue of $10.6 billion. It has 17,000 employees worldwide and provides energy to more than 30 million people.
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September 9, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
PUC Orders Rate Reduction: The California Public Utilities Commission ordered Southern California Gas Co. to reduce its residential energy rates by $3.7 million. The effect on bills to the company's 4.4 million residential customers will be minimal. SoCal Gas must also reduce its revenue by $2.3 million for failing to buy inexpensive gas late last year when it was available. The company said it may appeal the PUC decision.
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February 17, 2014 | From KTLA
A natural gas leak Monday at a storage facility in Playa del Rey may have been caused by vandals, authorities said. The leak was reported around 12:30 a.m. at a natural gas storage well at 8100 Falmouth Ave., Southern California Gas Co. spokeswoman Trisha Nuse told KTLA-TV . Hazmat crews with the Los Angeles Fire Department, along with gas company workers, responded to the scene. A Los Angeles Police Department bomb squad was also called in to assess the situation. The gas was turned off at 3:50 a.m. and no one was injured, Nuse said.
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September 9, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Southern California Gas Cutting Rates: The utility said it is cutting its annual rates by $280 million beginning this month for its residential and core commercial and industrial customers of 3.7 cents per therm, effective Sept. 22. For residential customers who use the systemwide average of 50 therms a month, the reduction will amount to $1.85 a month, Southern California Gas Co. said.
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May 22, 1992 | MICHAEL PARRISH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A promising alternative energy source leaves the test workbench today as Southern California Gas Co. shows off the nation's first commercially operating fuel cell and a business-government coalition calls for a $1-billion effort to adapt the technology for use in autos, buses and trains. Proponents of fuel cells, which operate like big batteries, say the technology could eventually be used for everything from the family car--and house--to electrical power plants for entire cities.
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November 4, 1991 | ERIC YOUNG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After spending months slimming down its far-flung, diversified operations and pumping life into its ailing retail unit, Los Angeles conglomerate Pacific Enterprises ran into a major challenge close to home. A fiery natural gas explosion tore the roof from a Lakewood home in September, sending a mother and her two children to a hospital burn center in critical condition.
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April 26, 1996 | LORENZA MUNOZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Southern California Gas Co. is investigating whether Gerald Barnes, the man arrested in Los Angeles by the FBI earlier this month on suspicion of masquerading as a physician, conducted drug test reviews on its employees, 15 of whom were fired for positive results, a spokeswoman said Thursday.
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February 14, 2011 | By Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
Wes Rogers used a garden hose to fight flames from the 2008 Sesnon fire that had reached the fence of his home in the northwest San Fernando Valley. The memory of the blaze, caused by a downed Southern California Gas Co. electrical distribution wire, is raw. And that has made the utility's plan to revamp its natural gas storage facility in Aliso Canyon a tough sell to residents wary of another fire in the same bushy hills north of Porter Ranch. According to the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, power lines were suspected in or blamed for four of the 20 largest wildfires in California history, including the Sesnon blaze, which blackened 14,703 acres, destroyed 15 homes and dozens of outbuildings, and remains the suspected cause of a fatal car crash on the 118 Freeway.
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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.
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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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September 21, 2006 | From a Times Staff Writer
Sempra Energy on Wednesday named Debra L. Reed as chief executive of Southern California Gas Co. and its smaller sister utility, San Diego Gas & Electric Co., marking the first time a woman has run the nation's largest natural gas utility. Reed, 50, who retains the title of president, replaces Edwin A. Guiles, 56. Guiles is becoming Sempra executive vice president of corporate development.
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February 10, 2006 | From Reuters
Southern California Gas Co. and San Diego Gas & Electric said their customers would see lower energy bills in the coming months because of warmer-than-normal weather in January. The warmer conditions have driven down the cost of natural gas, reducing winter gas and electricity bills from earlier estimates, said the utilities, which are units of Sempra Energy.
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October 24, 2005 | Dana Calvo, Special to The Times
The energy crisis ended four years ago, but it's echoing in two California courtrooms. In San Diego, jury selection is set to begin this week in the $23-billion antitrust case against Southern California Gas Co. and San Diego Gas & Electric Co., along with their parent company Sempra Energy. They're accused of squeezing natural gas supplies to California, contributing to wild price jumps during the state's infamous energy market meltdown of 2000-01.
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August 30, 1993 | JOANNA M. MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Southern California Gas Co. has not properly warned residents of 34,000 dwellings in Ventura and the Ojai Valley of possible safety hazards resulting from impure gas piped into the area in previous years, union officials have charged. The components that regulate pressure in gas meters outside the home and in appliances indoors could have been damaged by the contaminated gas, potentially transforming a "pilot light into a torch," one top union official said.
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October 15, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
One of several defendants indicted for bilking more than $2.2 million from Southern California Gas Co. through fraudulent invoices was sentenced Friday to six years in state prison and ordered to pay nearly $2.4 million in restitution. Clarence B. Bonner, 53, a former Gas Co. employee, pleaded guilty to one count each of grand theft and failing to file a state tax return.
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July 9, 2005 | Kathy M. Kristof, Times Staff Writer
Two Southern California Gas Co. employees sued the company in federal court Friday, alleging that its conversion to a so-called cash-balance pension plan discriminated against older workers. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, claims that the company illegally halted benefits paid to older workers after it converted from a traditional pension system to a cash-balance plan in 1998.
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