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Posted by: thepinetree on 10/08/2019 10:15 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 10/08/2019 10:15 AM
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Public Safety Power Shutoff Could Impact More Than 600,000 Customers Across Northern and Central California

San Francisco, CA...Based on current forecasted weather conditions, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) anticipates that it may begin implementing a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) to more than 600,000 customers across portions of nearly 30 northern, central, coastal and Bay Area counties. This would be a precautionary measure to reduce the risk of wildfire in these communities.

If PG&E decides to implement a PSPS, the company expects to begin turning off power for safety early Wednesday morning. Based on the latest weather forecasts and models, PG&E anticipates the period of peak winds will occur from early Wednesday morning and last through Thursday midday.

“This is shaping up to be one of the most severe dry wind events we’ve seen in our territory in recent years and we want our customers to be prepared for an extended outage that may last several days. Our meteorological and operations teams continue to actively monitor the weather and this evolving situation, and we are working directly with state and local agencies to help prepare our customers and the public for this safety event,” said Michael Lewis, Senior Vice President, PG&E Electric Operations. “We want our customers to be aware that, based on this number, it could take several days to fully restore power after the weather passes and safety inspections are completed.”

Customers may be affected by a power shutoff even though they are not experiencing extreme weather conditions in their specific location. This is because the electric system relies on power lines working together to provide electricity across cities, counties and regions.

Customer impacts may include:

County Customers Cities
Alameda 32,613 Oakland, Castro Valley, Fremont, Union City, Berkeley, Hayward, San Leandro, Sunol, Pleasanton, Livermore
Alpine 633 Bear Valley
Amador 16,041 Pioneer, Jackson, Sutter Creek, Pine Grove, Plymouth, Volcano, Fiddletown, River Pines, Amador City, Drytown, Martell, Ione
Butte 29,907 Oroville, Chico, Magalia, Paradise, Berry Creek, Forest Ranch, Palermo, Bangor, Cohasset, Butte Meadows, Clipper Mills, Forbestown, Stirling City, Feather Falls, Biggs, Brush Creek, Yankee Hill, Gridley, Rackerby, Butte Valley, Hurleton, Paradise Pines
Calaveras 23,748 Arnold, Angels Camp, Copperopolis, Murphys, San Andreas, West Point, Mountain Ranch, Mokelumne Hill,

Rail Road Flat, Vallecito, Wilseyville, Hathaway Pines, Avery, Glencoe, Douglas Flat, Sheep Ranch, White Pines, Dorrington, Camp Connell, Tamarack, Altaville, Valley Springs
Colusa 1,813 Arbuckle, Stonyford, Williams, Sites, Maxwell
Contra Costa 40,219 San Ramon, Orinda, Lafayette, Moraga, Pinole, Richmond, Kensington, Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill,

El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Berkeley, Canyon, San Pablo,

Pittsburg, Rodeo, Concord, Albany, Antioch, Martinez
El Dorado 51,284 Placerville, El Dorado Hills, Pollock Pines, Cameron Park, Camino, Rescue, El Dorado, Somerset, Cool, Shingle Springs, Georgetown, Garden Valley, Diamond Springs, Pilot Hill, Grizzly Flats, Twin Bridges, Greenwood, Kyburz, Lotus, Kelsey, Mount Aukum, Coloma, Pacific House, Fair Play, Omo Ranch, Silver Fork, Canyon, Aukum
Glenn 1,590 Orland, Willows, Artois, Elk Creek, Glenn
Lake 26,430 Clearlake, Lakeport, Clearlake Oaks, Lucerne, Nice, Upper Lake, Lower Lake, Middletown, Kelseyville, Cobb, Hidden Valley Lake, Glenhaven, Witter Springs, Clearlake Park, Loch Lomond
Mariposa 1,812 Coulterville, La Grange, Greeley Hill, Mariposa
Mendocino 6,000 Ukiah, Potter Valley, Hopland, Redwood Valley, Willits, Boonville, Calpella, Talmage, Fort Bragg
Napa 32,124 Napa, Saint Helena, Calistoga, Angwin, Pope Valley, Rutherford, Oakville, Deer Park, Lake Berryessa, Yountville, American Canyon
Nevada 43,217 Grass Valley, Nevada City, Penn Valley, Rough and Ready, Soda Springs, North San Juan, Washington, Norden, Chicago Park, Cedar Ridge, Truckee, Kingvale
Placer 51,641 Auburn, Lincoln, Loomis, Colfax, Newcastle, Foresthill, Granite Bay, Meadow Vista, Penryn, Rocklin, Applegate, Alta, Dutch Flat, Emigrant Gap, Weimar, Gold Run, Baxter, Roseville, Sheridan, Christian Valley
Plumas 803 La Porte, Quincy, Belden, Storrie, Twain, Bucks Lake, Tobin
San Mateo 14,766 Half Moon Bay, El Granada, Woodside, Moss Beach, Montara, Portola Valley, Pescadero, La Honda, Redwood City, San Gregorio, Loma Mar, San Mateo, Menlo Park, Emerald Hills, Pacifica, Princeton
Santa Barbara 32 Santa Maria
Santa Clara 38,123 San Jose, Morgan Hill, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Saratoga, Redwood Estates, Milpitas, Sunnyvale, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Coyote, Gilroy, Mount Hamilton, Palo Alto, Holy City
Santa Cruz 32,017 Aptos, Boulder Creek, Watsonville, Scotts Valley, Soquel, Ben Lomond, Felton, Santa Cruz, Los Gatos, Mount Hermon, Brookdale, Davenport, Capitola, Freedom, La Selva Beach, Corralitos, Saratoga, Bonny Doon
San Joaquin 52 Vernalis, Tracy, Stockton, Farmington
Shasta 27,960 Redding, Anderson, Shingletown, Palo Cedro, Cottonwood, Lakehead, Millville, Bella Vista, Oak Run, Whitmore, Igo, Round Mountain, Montgomery Creek, Big Bend, Shasta Lake, Ono, Shasta, Burney
Sierra 1,165 Sierra City, Downieville, Alleghany, Goodyears Bar, Pike City
Solano 32,862 Fairfield, Vacaville, Suisun City, Vallejo, Dixon
Sonoma 66,289 Santa Rosa, Sonoma, Petaluma, Healdsburg, Cloverdale, Glen Ellen, Penngrove, Geyserville, Kenwood, Rohnert Park, Windsor, Annapolis, Stewarts Point, Cotati, Cazadero, Guerneville, Larkfield, El Verano, Boyes Hot Springs, Fulton, Bodega Bay
Stanislaus 1,088 Westley, Grayson, Patterson, Oakdale, Knights Ferry, La Grange, Modesto, Riverbank
Tehama 24,374 Red Bluff, Los Molinos, Gerber, Corning, Mineral, Paynes Creek, Manton, Vina, Tehama, Mill Creek, Paskenta, Proberta, Flournoy
Tuolumne 34,413 Sonora, Groveland, Twain Harte, Jamestown, Tuolumne

Mi Wuk Village, Pinecrest, Columbia, Soulsbyville, Long Barn, Strawberry, Chinese Camp, Cold Springs, Moccasin, Big Oak Flat, Sierra Village
Yolo 5,791 Winters, Esparto, Guinda, Capay, Brooks, Madison, Rumsey, Woodland, Davis, Dunnigan, Zamora
Yuba 6,919 Marysville, Browns Valley, Oregon House, Brownsville, Wheatland, Dobbins, Camptonville, Smartville, Challenge, Rackerby, Strawberry Valley, Loma Rica

Customer Support

To support customers who would be impacted by Wednesday’s potential PSPS event, PG&E is planning to open Community Resource Centers across the affected areas.

The Resource Centers will be open during daylight hours only and will provide restrooms, bottled water, electronic-device charging and air-conditioning.

Customers are encouraged to visit for the most up-to-date Public Safety Power Shutoff information, including addresses for the Community Resource Centers as they open and a link to an address look-up tool where customers can search their address for potential impacts.


Inspection and Restoration Process

PG&E cannot begin restoring power until the weather conditions subside.

Steps to restoration after a PSPS event include:

o   Weather All Clear

  • After the dry and windy weather has passed and it’s safe to do so, our crews can go into the field to begin patrols and inspections.

o   Patrol and Inspect

  • Our crews will work to visually inspect our power lines to look for potential

weather-related damage to the lines, poles and towers. This is done by

vehicle, foot and air.

  • Visual inspections are necessary since circuit breakers, reclosing devices

and fuses that are typically used to help detect any potential damage from a weather event like a winter storm are also de-energized during a Public Safety Power Shutoff for safety reasons.

  • There are many challenges we face during inspections. Some locations require workers to travel on narrow access roads. In locations with no vehicle access, crews might need to hike in remote and mountainous areas to inspect equipment. And, at night, the company can’t fly helicopters for visual inspections.

o   Isolate and Repair Damaged Equipment

  • Where equipment damage is found, crews will work to isolate the damaged area from the rest of the system so other parts of the system can be restored.

o   Begin restoring power to customers within the PSPS event.

How customers can prepare

As part of PSPS preparedness efforts, PG&E is asking customers to:

  • Update their contact information at or by calling 1-866-743-6589 during normal business hours. PG&E will use this information to alert customers through automated calls, texts, and emails, when possible, prior to, and during, a Public Safety Power Shutoff.
  • Plan for medical needs like medications that require refrigeration or devices that need power.
  • Identify backup charging methods for phones and keep hard copies of emergency numbers.
  • Build or restock your emergency kit with flashlights, fresh batteries, first aid supplies and cash.
  • Keep in mind family members who are elderly, younger children and pets. Information and tips including a safety plan checklist are available at

About PG&E

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric energy company in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit and

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No Subject
Posted on: 2019-10-08 11:22:52   By: Anonymous
This is so much BULL SH_T

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    Re: ummm, what?
    Posted on: 2019-10-08 12:13:50   By: Anonymous
    Wait, you’re MAD at PG&E for being proactive and trying to prevent death and destruction?? Can you even hear yourself, for heaven’s sake????

    Yeah, nobody is looking forward to the inconvenience, but dang-the alternative is awful. Seriously-just calm down a minute and think about what is really going on here.

    As far as I can see, PG&E and their contractors have been running around all year, working their butts off, more or less effectively, clearly trying to deal with all the MILLIONS of dead and hazard trees, overgrown brush, and electrical line clearances. What, you thought that should only take them a few months?!?! Getting a handle on all this will take them (and US) years.

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      Re: ummm, what?
      Posted on: 2019-10-08 14:19:32   By: Anonymous
      It doesn't take an electrical wire to start a fire...with power out and schools likely to close for safety reasons, all the little hooligans will be out playing with matches now...fires will still happen, all PG&E did was shift the blame.

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        Re: ummm, what?
        Posted on: 2019-10-08 19:24:53   By: Anonymous
        No, all the government did was shift the blame to PG&E, you GD fool.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2019-10-08 11:33:14   By: Anonymous
PG&E will buy the sorriest work their people do but when a private contractor does work for them they are all over them can't do enough or good enough for them but the work (WELDS)their people do wouldn't make a test or a real job they are the worst I have ever worked for in my 35 years of being a PIPELINE WELDER!

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Quit whining, assh*les!
Posted on: 2019-10-08 11:52:25   By: Anonymous
You just go ahead and Google “Paradise” and “Camp Fire”. Take a good, long look at a few of those ghastly and haunting images of search and rescue, the military, and law enforcement looking through the ashes for dead bodies.

Earlier this spring, the San Francisco Chronicle had a news story (based on actual FACTS) about the CA communities most vulnerable to catastrophic wildfire. Calaveras County was right smack in the middle of the front page.

Yeah, it’s pretty damn easy to bag on PG&E-they’re nobody’s favorite. But they didn’t build our homes in the woods-WE DID.

Dealing with inconvenient but WELL PLANNED AND RELENTLESSLY PUBLICIZED electrical outages for a few days is now the new price we’ll have to occasionally pay for living up here in the glorious Sierra Nevadas.

This is our “new normal”. This is what climate change really looks like to the average homeowner and consumer.

Yeah, I’m not looking forward to days without power. Bummer. But it’s a hell of a lot better than evacuating for days and then coming “home” to the charred ruins of our lives.

Maybe stop pissing and moaning? Go check on your elderly or at-risk neighbors. Make sure your own house and property are in order. Be of service to your community.

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    Re: Quit whining, assh*les!
    Posted on: 2019-10-08 12:25:52   By: Anonymous
    Totally BS, if they were to actually do what needs to be done for proper clearance, we wouldn’t have to go through this CYA dog and pony show, there is a greater chance of starting a fire upon re-energizing the power system, ... and PG&E knows this, but by turning off the power they can say “hey we did all we could” it’s still going to burn until they get back to doing a proper job.... I’m retired from the industry and I’m telling you forty years ago the the system was kept in better shape. Now days they study everything to death instead of actually doing clearance work.....the fire it’s coming!

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    Re: Quit whining, assh*les!
    Posted on: 2019-10-08 14:22:12   By: Anonymous
    I heard someone tampered with one of PG&Es transformers to start the fire...does that still make it PG&Es fault, and the rest of us suffer for one persons stupidity? I feel like we're back in grade school where one person does something wrong and the teacher punishes the whole class. Democrats don't like to hold individuals accountable, they like to blame whole groups.

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    Re: Quit whining, assh*les!
    Posted on: 2019-10-08 23:24:36   By: Anonymous
    Why do we not have a branch of Military devoted to HomeLand Fire Protection !! An military branch that will protect Gods lands from any act of war or terror , knowingly or not . One without regulated forces , one without annualized industries creating a conduction of business. Need to look at it more as an act of war then just a wild fire . The military operates all night and all day without outside regulation they fly , hike , crawl or doze in any situation at any time . I motion for PG&E to promote a US MILITARY FIRE branch . O and maybe pg&e could use element magnetic fields and RF in conjunction with military to extinguish fires . Everything is magnetized in its own way .

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No Subject
Posted on: 2019-10-08 12:22:47   By: Anonymous
Sure nobody wants another Paradise! But, seriously 600,000 people without power? Then it days days to check the lines? We'll see whose complaining when they can't go to work and the stores are all closed. Let's see how many fires get started because of generator usage. Paradise was a wake up call for PG&E and now with higher rates and shut offs we all will pay!

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    San Andreas NOAA- Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 72. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
    Posted on: 2019-10-08 12:29:18   By: Anonymous

    San Andreas NOAA-
    Sunny, with a high near 72. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

    There is no need to shut off the power.

    There is some fraud going on , as when we had the power shut off when Ca deregulated the energy markets.

    Something doesn't smell right.

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      Re: San Andreas NOAA- Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 72. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
      Posted on: 2019-10-08 14:24:04   By: Anonymous
      I tell you, man, it's a government conspiracy!

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Sierra Nevadas, Wildfire and Climate Change Denial
Posted on: 2019-10-08 13:09:28   By: Anonymous
Yeah, sooooo....

Living where we live, there is a constant threat of catastrophic wildfire.

We must do everything we can, on a personal level, to mitigate that threat. We must also insist that companies like PG&E be consistent about maintaining their own infrastructure and clearances to mitigate at the corporate level.


You wanna talk infrastructure, taxes, and global warming?
Let’s just keep in mind that there is a mindless, ferociously angry faction of the Republican Party that will do anything to keep our communities from moving forward through the threat and reality of global climate change.

Yeah, we can try to lay all this crap on PG&E’s doorstep. But what good will that do, if we can’t insist that out elected representatives confront out new, and much warmer, reality here in the Stan and the Sierras???

It seems to me that if we don’t confront the science, truth and realities of climate change as a nation, than how do our elected representatives insist on corporate integrity???

Simply put, if McClintock and his like don’t actually believe in climate change and warming, how are they going to help us here in the Sierras? How are they going to give hell to PG&E if they can’t acknowledge the reality of what’s happening up here???

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Frank Bigelow, PG&E Gigalo
Posted on: 2019-10-08 13:37:27   By: Anonymous
ABC News Ch. 10, July 11th, 2019

Name: Frank Bigelow

Contributions: $8,800

Comments: No response

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Ninety-eight sitting members of the California legislature took campaign money from the Pacific Gas and Electric Company — after the company was convicted of six federal felonies and placed on probation with a mandatory court monitor.

The company was convicted in August 2016 and sentenced in January 2017, yet it went on to spend $4.4 million to influence California politics — and it was all legal. But was it right?

“If it’s not illegal, it should be,” said former federal prosecutor Bill Portanova. “If these politicians who are voting on the future of PG&E are taking money from a convicted felon at the same time, then what good is this conviction? Is this all for show? Are we not supposed to pay attention to the man behind the screen?”

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Republicans in the Pockets of PG&E
Posted on: 2019-10-08 13:40:45   By: Anonymous
SF Chronicle, January 30, 2019:

Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s lobbying expenses have soared as the utility giant struggles to deal with a Legislature determined to avoid a repeat of the deadly wildfires that have ravaged California.

In the first nine months of 2018, the company spent $8.35 million to lobby California legislators on a variety of bills. The number for the entire year is sure to be far higher — just how much higher will be clear Thursday, when PG&E reports its full 2018 lobbying costs.

By contrast, from 2007 to 2017, the company spent an average of $1.37 million annually on general lobbying costs, according to figures provided by California’s secretary of state.

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Dang, John Hamilton!
Posted on: 2019-10-08 14:55:39   By: Anonymous
Way to go on shutting down the profanity.


Folks still gotta vent, right?

Removing his posts is maybe just gonna make this angry guy more volatile? He’s gonna freak out about favoritism, ya know?

But, still, thanks. Some of us get super tired of the profanity- laced rants. Even when they make some points or good sense, the nastiness makes everybody’s stomach turn.

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    Re: Dang, John Hamilton!
    Posted on: 2019-10-08 14:59:05   By: Anonymous
    Profanity. We value and appreciate free speech. All that we ask is that you are civil and profanity free.

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    Santa Ana Winds
    Posted on: 2019-10-08 15:09:44   By: Anonymous
    Compare the "wind events" in N Ca and S Ca.
    N Ca has 30 mph winds and the entire grid shuts down.
    S Ca has 60-80 mph winds- Santa Ana events no grid shut offs.

    Could it be So Ca Edison has a more robust system due to better maintenance?
    How else would one explain why So Ca Edison has a markedly less occurrence of utility caused fires?

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      Re: Santa Ana Winds
      Posted on: 2019-10-08 18:12:32   By: Anonymous
      Totally BS, if they were to actually do what needs to be done for proper clearance, we wouldn’t have to go through this CYA dog and pony show, there is a greater chance of starting a fire upon re-energizing the power system, ... and PG&E knows this, but by turning off the power they can say “hey we did all we could” it’s still going to burn until they get back to doing a proper job.... I’m retired from the industry and I’m telling you forty years ago the the system was kept in better shape. Now days they study everything to death instead of actually doing clearance work.....the fire it’s coming!

      [Reply ]

    Re: Dang, John Hamilton!
    Posted on: 2019-10-08 19:23:40   By: Anonymous
    I hope the dumb libiots posting all the profanity don't have a scary "assault weapon".

    [Reply ]

      Re: Dang, John Hamilton!
      Posted on: 2019-10-08 21:22:25   By: Anonymous
      Keep Voting Democrat.
      Remember Gray Davis!!

      [Reply ]

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