Power shutoffs again?

Nov 18, 2019

PG&E says about 250K customers could lose power in latest shutoff event in California


Sacramento Bee's VINCENT MOLESKI: "PG&E said late Sunday that as many as 250,000 customers could lose power in the latest round of engineered shutoffs due to high fire danger."


"The embattled utility says its emergency operations center may turn off power in portions of 19 counties in the Sierra Nevada foothills, northern Sacramento Valley and the North Bay around Sonoma and Napa counties. Other parts of the Bay Area are not expected to be included in the so-called PSPS, or public safety power shutoff, the company said."


"In a statement, the company said: “As of tonight, portions of the following counties could be affected if PG&E moves forward with a PSPS: Butte, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Solano, Sonoma, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Yolo and Yuba."


READ MORE related to BlackoutsPG&E warns of potential power shut-offs Wednesday and Thursday -- The Chronicle's TATIANA SANCHEZ


Buttigieg says he's open to sending US troops to Mexico


Sacramento Bee's BRYAN ANDERSON: "South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg said at a Latino forum in Los Angeles on Sunday that he’d be willing to send U.S. troops into Mexico to combat gang and drug violence."


"There is a scenario where we could have security cooperation,” Buttigieg said."


"Even so, he added a caveat: “I’d only order American troops into conflict if American lives were on the line and if it was necessary to meet treaty obligations."


Feinstein asked for another bridge across the bay. Regional planners frowned


The Chronicle's RACHEL SWAN: "Driving on the Bay Bridge during rush hour is an undiluted form of misery. Anyone who does it regularly knows the torture of slogging 5 feet, then sitting still — a pattern that repeats for nearly 5 miles."


"With traffic getting worse, and rush hour now spanning several hours, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and East Bay Rep. Mark DeSaulnier have warmed up an idea that’s stewed since the 1940s: building another bridge south of the first one."


"It would most likely link Highway 238 in San Lorenzo to Interstate 380 near San Francisco International Airport, combining a roadway for cars with some form of mass transit, like BART. Feinstein and DeSaulnier say it would relieve congestion on both the Bay and San Mateo bridges."


California's black attorneys are 3 times more likely to be disciplined than white lawyers


Sacramento Bee's ANDREW SHEELER: "Black male attorneys are more likely to be disciplined than their white male counterparts, according to a new report released by the State Bar of California."


"The study examined “probations, disbarments, and discipline-related resignations for the last 28 years for approximately 116,000 attorneys admitted between 1990 and 2009,” according to a statement from the State Bar."


"During that period, black male attorneys had a probation rate of 3.2 percent, compared to 0.9 percent of white male attorneys."


Robot strawberry picks and Gilroy gun violence. 2020 Dems speak to California concerns


Sacramento Bee's BRYAN ANDERSON/AMY CHANCE: "Bernie Sanders said former President Barack Obama was wrong to deport 3 million people."


"Andrew Yang said he wants to let 16-year-olds vote."


"Julián Castro said he’d end homelessness in America by 2028."


Eric Garcetti won't rethink running for president -- unless this happens


Sacramento Bee's BRYAN ANDERSON: "First, there was Tom Steyer, then came Michael Bloomberg and Deval Patrick."


"Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is adamant he won’t join the three 2020 candidates who have changed their minds and decided to run for president."


"Today, I can make news for sure. I will not be on that list. I’m definitely not running. It was absolutely the right decision to make” Garcetti said Friday night during a taping of The Bee’s ‘California Nation’ podcast."


Thousands of barrels of industrial chemicals released in NuStar explosion, report says


The Chronicle's RACHEL SWAN: "A new report from NuStar Energy estimates that thousands of barrels of industrial chemicals were emitted when fuel tanks caught fire last month at a NuStar Energy facility in Crockett."


"The explosion at NuStar, a tank farm where fuel is stored and sent through pipes to nearby refineries, released 6,664 barrels of ethanol, 3,846 barrels of renewable diesel and 43 barrels of jet fuel, the document said. It was first reported by KQED."


"These chemicals produce particulate matter when they burn, which could cause harm to people living near the facility, said Gina Solomon, a clinical professor in the division of occupational and environmental medicine at UCSF. Short-term exposure can cause heart or respiratory problems. Over long terms, these chemicals can spread to other vital organs, including the brain."


New SF Muni boss lacks experience, but those who have it said 'no' to the job


The Chronicle's PHIL MATIER: "San Francisco’s new transit chief, Jeffrey Tumlin, has never managed a transit system."


"Nor has he ever overseen the building of a major transit project, like the Central Subway."


"Nor has he managed a public agency, let alone one with rail and bus lines that move 709,000 passengers each weekday and has an annual operating budget of $1.2 billion and 6,046 employees."


Orinda Airbnb shooting had multiple gunmen: 'It was a bloodbath'


The Chronicle's MATTHIAS GAFNI/EVAN SERNOFFSKY: "Investigators described a chaotic scene at an Airbnb house party in Orinda where five people were slain, saying Friday that multiple gunmen opened fire in close quarters after sneaking their weapons past a front-door security guard who was drinking from a bottle of Cognac."


"Rival gangs, including from San Francisco and Marin City, attended the Halloween night party that was advertised on social media. At least three men were armed, and the first shots may have been fired after someone was caught trying to steal something in the home’s kitchen, officials said."


"A total of 10 people were shot — five fatally — inside the home on Lucille Way in a quiet, wooded neighborhood, officials said. Three other people were injured escaping the violence, including two who jumped in panic from a balcony."


UC Davis student group highlights the backlash it has faced in supporting Hong Kong


Sacramento Bee's THEODORA YU: "A student group at the University of California, Davis, has dealt with backlash and opposition over its support of events happening on the other side of the world."


"The group, called “Davis4HK”, advocates for genuine universal suffrage in Hong Kong. It consists of around 40 students, and about half of them are from Hong Kong. Similar events have occurred at other UC campuses, including Berkeley to UCLA."


"At UC Davis on Oct. 30, a student’s phone was snatched and dropped to the ground after a confrontation amid a series of harassment at on-campus events ran by Davis4HK in solidarity for the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong."


To curb racial bias, Oakland police are pulling fewer people over. Will it work?


The Chronicle's RACHEL SWAN: "Oakland police, long criticized for using traffic violations to search and interrogate people of color, are trying something new: They’ve dramatically cut back on enforcement."


"Officers are declining to pull people over in most cases for low-level infractions like a broken windshield or taillight. They might not even stop motorists for rolling through a stop sign, if no one is crossing the street and the car doesn’t pose an imminent threat to public safety, said police Capt. Christopher Bolton."


"Instead, the police are focused on more serious violations and people they’ve identified as potential suspects or witnesses."


As Hong Kong is torn by unrest, a family anguishes over whether to stay or go


LA Times's DAVID PIERSON: "In the years leading up the 1997 handover of Hong Kong to China, hundreds of thousands of residents fearful of communist rule moved abroad. Virginia Tsang and her family stayed put."


"When the city was shaken in 2003 by mass protests over a draconian national security law, and again in 2014 by the pro-democracy Umbrella Movement sit-in, Tsang remained on the sidelines."


"Politics never worried her."


READ MORE related to Battle for Hong Kong: HK police form dragnet around Polytechnic campus; court strikes down mask ban -- AP

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