Santa Rosa, Sonoma County collect more than $240 million in PG&E settlement for 2017 fires

17 July 2020

Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat

Santa Rosa and Sonoma County together have received about a quarter of the funds from a $1 billion deal that PG&E struck last year with local governments in Northern California to settle claims arising from the 2017 and 2018 wildfires.

Santa Rosa received just over $95 million of its $117.8 million PG&E settlement share, after more than $20 million went to attorneys fees and court costs — the cost of months of representation and negotiation from January 2019 until June, when the wildfire victims assented in a vote that paved the utility’s way out of bankruptcy.

Sonoma County officials this week confirmed receipt of about $149 million PG&E settlement funds out of its $184 million share, after legal fees and costs.

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