J. D. Morris, SF Chronicle

J. D. Morris

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San Francisco, CA, United States

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Recent articles by J.:

Why a coronavirus vaccine won’t end the pandemic by itself

Just as important are effective drugs to treat the disease — and the right kind could function much like a vaccine by reducing virus transmission, experts say. → Read More

PG&E changes leaders for a post-bankruptcy era fraught with challenges

PG&E Corp. CEO Bill Johnson retires Tuesday, just as the company ends its bankruptcy and heads further into a dangerous 2020 wildfire season. → Read More

PG&E names 11 new board members as part of bankruptcy overhaul

Six of the new directors are from California, with a strong presence from Bay Area tech companies. PG&E agreed to “substantial modifications” to its board in a bankruptcy deal with Gov. Gavin Newsom this year. → Read More

Full funds for PG&E fire victims may not be ready for 6 years, lawyer says

One of the largest remaining issues in the PG&E bankruptcy case is how a trust fund will sell PG&E shares over time. → Read More

Victims identified in fatal PG&E contractor helicopter crash in Fairfield

The Solano County coroner’s office identified the victims as helicopter pilot Roscoe Gray, 38, of Sonora; Travis Shull, 29, of Chico; and 41-year-old Jimmy Wasdin, whose place of residence was unknown. → Read More

Bay Area search for coronavirus drugs extends far beyond remdesivir

Stanford, Kaiser and others are investigating other drugs that could be repurposed to fight COVID-19. A Silicon Valley company wants to find a new treatment. → Read More

Coronavirus: Should I wear gloves in addition to face coverings?

Public health officials aren’t recommending gloves for the general public as a protective measure during the COVID-19 pandemic. → Read More

Why do California companies have so many masks to donate?

Wildfires are one big reason. California passed a new regulation last year that requires empoyers to provide “proper respirators” when the air is unhealthy. → Read More

Could coronavirus collide with wildfire season? California is preparing for it

COVID-19 may still be a problem when California wildfire weather ramps up. Here’s what the state is doing about that. → Read More

Contractor denies PG&E’s claims of overcharging after Camp Fire

“We stand firmly by our work, reputation and commitment to our clients,” said Kevin Olivero, CEO of Bay Area Concrete Recycling. → Read More

PG&E’s bankruptcy exit plan gets a price tag: $57.65 billion

PG&E’s bankruptcy plan appears to be one of the largest in corporate history, owing partly to the enormous payouts the company must make to fire victims. → Read More

Cruise ship evacuee arrivals in California, Texas include 14 with coronavirus

Hundreds of Americans evacuated from the coronavirus-stricken Diamond Princess cruise ship off Japan have arrived in California and Texas — including 14 with the virus. → Read More

PG&E resists judge's tree-trimming, executive bonus proposals

“The middle of California’s wildfire emergency is not the time for PG&E to reverse course on the entire structure of its vegetation management work,” attorneys for the utility said. → Read More

PG&E seeks $1.4 billion rate hikes for fire prevention, insurance costs

The rate increases would add almost $11 a month to a typical residential customer’s bill while in effect. Regulators must review and approve them first. → Read More

PG&E details plan to reduce reach of California blackouts by a third

Fewer customers will be in the dark, for less time, under the utility’s new power shut-off plan. → Read More

3 new coronavirus cases in San Benito, Santa Clara counties

The latest patients diagnosed with the virus were a husband and wife in San Benito County and a woman in Santa Clara County. All are being monitored closely while isolated at home and none were sick enough to be hospitalized. → Read More

PG&E secures more funding to pay fire victims in bankruptcy case

PG&E said in a SEC filing that it has enough financial commitments to match the $13.5 billion that a rival group offered to pay victims. → Read More

Newsom: PG&E should give $100 to every residential customer affected by mass outage

Gov. Gavin Newsom has asked Pacific Gas and Electric Co. to provide $100 rebates for residential customers affected by the utility’s unprecedented mass power outages last week and similar $250 credits for small businesses subjected to the blackouts. → Read More

California Must Improve Transportation to Meet Climate Goals

The challenge is huge. Even as power plants and other sectors have cleaned up, greenhouse gas emissions from transportation in California have actually grown in recent years due to population growth and a reliance on cars. → Read More

Mill Valley bank robbery suspect flees on bicycle, police say

Officers arrived in less than two minutes, but the man had already gotten away, police said. → Read More