According to the San Francisco Examiner:

Officials of a San Francisco suburb hit by a deadly 2010 gas-line blast said Tuesday they support a proposal to raise the financial penalty against the utility responsible to $1.6 billion.

“A historic penalty of this magnitude sends the right message that gross negligence, corruption and decisions that put profits over people will no longer be tolerated,” Ruane said in a statement.

Picker’s proposal also would devote more of the utility’s penalty payments to pipeline safety upgrades.