Jerry Brown talks a green game. So why isn't California tougher on these polluters?

Do regulators in California have your back when utilities or industries run amok, or when there’s a threat to public health in your neighborhood?

We’d all like to think so, but there’s a long history of coziness between regulators, industry titans and politicians. So you’d have to be a hopeless optimist, or a very trusting soul. And maybe you missed stories about the state Public Utilities Commission’s actions and inactions prior to the deadly 2010 PG&E gas line explosion in San Bruno, or the agency’s botched handling of the San Onofre nuclear plant closure in 2014, in which ratepayers got stiffed.

And two current stories have skeptics wondering whether state regulators are watchdogs or lap dogs.

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