Peter Jon Shuler

Since Peter Jon Shuler joined KQED Radio in 1990, he has covered everything from the beginnings of the World Wide Web to the dot-com bust, from preserving Silicon Valley's open space to the preservation of historic Valley landmarks. Peter caught the radio bug at WAUS-FM while still a student at Andrews University in his home town of Berrien Springs, Michigan. He did local news and hosted a classical music program. Since then, he has pursued a variety of assignments, including production work at WBAI in New York and broadcasting to the English language community of Geneva, Switzerland via Radio 74.

San Bruno, CPUC Staff Call for $2.25 Billion Fine for PG&E Gas Explosion

The city of San Bruno said that Pacific Gas and Electric should pay $2.25 billion in fines for the gas pipeline blast that killed eight people in September 2010.  And the staff of the California Public Utilities Commission agreed.  City officials announced their demands Monday morning outside PG&E headquarters during the utility’s annual meeting of … Continue reading San Bruno, CPUC Staff Call for $2.25 Billion Fine for PG&E Gas Explosion →

Foster Care Advocates Fight Plan to Eliminate Statewide Program

Anteus Stinson, 22, entered California’s foster care system when he was three. Since then he’s lived in a lot of different places and gone to a lot of different schools. “I was actually in high school in Merced, Modesto, Stockton and then finally here in San Jose,” Stinson says. “The curriculum kept changing. I never … Continue reading Foster Care Advocates Fight Plan to Eliminate Statewide Program →

$200 Million? $2.55 Billion? PG&E Disputes What It Can Pay Victims

PG&E can’t afford to pay out $2.55 billion to victims of the San Bruno gas line fire, the utility’s CEO said on Thursday, disputing an analyst’s estimate. At a press conference, CEO Anthony Earley dismissed the figure, which, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, came from a consultant hired by the Public Utilities Commission. The … Continue reading $200 Million? $2.55 Billion? PG&E Disputes What It Can Pay Victims →

Stopping the ‘Reverse Brain Drain’

The U.S. Immigration Service held a summit today in Silicon Valley to tackle a “reverse brain drain” of American-trained entrepreneurs returning to their native countries to start companies. More than 100 leaders from high tech, academia and government met at Moffett Field to discuss the “Entrepreneurs in Residence” initiative. “The best and brightest from all … Continue reading Stopping the ‘Reverse Brain Drain’ →

San Jose State Students Campaign to Raise City’s Minimum Wage

San Jose State University students kicked off their petition campaign Thursday for a ballot measure to raise the city’s minimum wage from $8 to $10 an hour. Elisha St. Laurent is a senior studying behavioral science and sociology. She says that as a single mother of a 5-year-old boy she takes the campaign personally. “You’ve … Continue reading San Jose State Students Campaign to Raise City’s Minimum Wage →

Good News for California From Jobs Report

Healthy national employment gains are a good sign for California says Robert Kleinhenz, the chief economist of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation’s Kyser Center for Economic Research. But Kleinhenz cautions it could still take two to four years to see the unemployment rate at a normal level. The national jobless rate dropped to … Continue reading Good News for California From Jobs Report →

Menlo Park’s Facebook Wish List

Menlo Park officials are making up a list of improvements and public benefits Facebook could provide in exchange for the city lifting the employment cap of 3,600 people at the social networking company’s new campus near the Dumbarton Bridge. Facebook finished moving 2,000 employees into the former Sun Microsystems site in December. But talks are … Continue reading Menlo Park’s Facebook Wish List →