San Bruno city officials are calling on California regulators to fine Pacific Gas & Electric Co. $3.85 billion for the company's role in a deadly pipeline blast in 2010 that killed eight people and destroyed dozens of homes.
The city's lawyers filed the brief on Friday in response to the California Public Utilities Commission's recommendation that PG&E be fined $2.25 billion.
San Bruno officials said the CPUC's terms allow the company to deduct part of the penalty from its taxes, which lets the utility ``off the hook.''
PG&E has called the fine excessive and said its shareholders have paid more than $2 billion in system upgrades.
Four CPUC attorneys leading the probe quit the case earlier this week, with one saying he disagreed with managers handling of the case.