Regulatory staff and Southern California Edison May 20 agreed on a proposed $37 million penalty for the 2007 wildfire in Malibu Canyon during high Santa Ana winds. The penalty is $12.5 million less than the amount proposed more than a year ago. The tentative agreement between Edison and the California Public Utilities Commission\u2019s Safety & Enforcement Division is to settle issues arising from the severity of the fire and resulting damage to property partly attributed to overloaded utility poles by telecommunication companies. In February 2012, the safety division proposed $49.5 million in penalties for Edison. Another $49.7 million in penalties was sought from four companies that jointly owned or used poles in the city of Malibu for telecommunications lines and equipment, including, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and Next G (Current, Feb. 3, 2012). \u201cWe all are supportive of improving safety and certainly power poles are a huge concern of ours,\u201d Jim Thorsen, Malibu City manager, said. \u201cWe are glad they are spending resources to improve the stability of all the exiting poles.\u201d The utility admitted it violated the law and ignored warnings about telecommunication cables overloading poles in the canyon, and installing a substandard replacement pole. The fire burned 3,836 acres, destroyed 14 structures and 36 vehicles, and damaged 19 other structures. Under the proposed settlement, $20 million of the penalty would go to California\u2019s General Fund and $17 million for pole loading assessments.