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Tri-Valley braces for prospect of several days without power

Original post made on Oct 8, 2019

Parts of the Tri-Valley are bracing for a possible power shutoff by PG&E starting early Wednesday at midnight that could last up to five days.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 4:04 PM

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55 people like this
Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Oct 8, 2019 at 9:47 pm

The current and decades long one democratic party rule in this California state is totally responsible for this current state of affairs!


17 people like this
Posted by Jeff
a resident of Downtown
on Oct 9, 2019 at 5:13 am

Court orderd pge to clear brush and trees away from power lines, and failed to do so , in fact they lied to the judge of how may miles the cleared. PGE continuous to get away with responsibility and now the consumer must suffer and pay higher PGE bills


17 people like this
Posted by Upset
a resident of Birdland
on Oct 9, 2019 at 8:44 am

My PG&E bill has gone up about 30% compared to last year. Whatever it is that PG&E is forced to do, we're the ones paying for it. Take a look at your bills and compare it to last year's bills, you will be shocked too.


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Posted by Jake Waters
a resident of Birdland
on Oct 9, 2019 at 8:57 am

Governor Gavin Useless sealed the deal with PG&E by signing off with the bill that the California taxpayers will be responsible for assisting with saving them from bankruptcy. But don’t worry, San Francisco will never have a blackout so Pelosi, Feinstein, and their constituents won’t be without power. We are slowly becoming Venezuela. Gavin can’t fix what is going on in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and other places of filth, trash, homelessness, and more, do you really think he can fix this? And let’s not even talk about the state’s problem with water.

Democrats own these problems, but the dumbing down of the state (America in general) tells us that we are in a free fall. More ‘takers’ are moving in and ‘producers’ are moving out of California. Gavin Useless is interested in housing and providing free healthcare for illegals rather than taking care of the taxpayers. Socialism is the new language of the Democratic Party, and we hear it in the talking points of the Party’s candidates with the word ‘free’ in front of everything.

Planned blackouts are a way of getting us conditioned to having less, but paying more. Technology has and is improving to provide these socialists with the ability to control more and more elements of our lives. China is a perfect example, and you know how the Democrats love China.

Buckle up!


39 people like this
Posted by Bill
a resident of Old Towne
on Oct 9, 2019 at 9:33 am

It is time to let the ballot box fix the problems in California! The Domocrats need to be removed from governing California!


25 people like this
Posted by Christine
a resident of Castlewood
on Oct 9, 2019 at 10:00 am

I would like to commend the Pleasanton Weekly for sending this alert. Good job and thank you.


13 people like this
Posted by Winkydink
a resident of Castlewood
on Oct 9, 2019 at 10:17 am

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I don't understand. There are days when the wind is so strong that it blows over my lawn furniture and umbrellas. Tree branches break and they don't shut off the power. Why is today different?


32 people like this
Posted by Sharon
a resident of Downtown
on Oct 9, 2019 at 10:23 am

People are projecting their intense anger inappropriately. Maybe the power to Fox and Friends should be turned off.


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Posted by Grumpy
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Oct 9, 2019 at 10:26 am

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Why so different today? Extremely low humidity and PG&E likely worrying about the dollar cost of potential damages.

I have no idea why dry weather brings out the Democrat-haters. It's a foul wind though they're blowing.


6 people like this
Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 9, 2019 at 12:45 pm

BobB is a registered user.

Remember that we're all in this together.

It was the same when we all stepped in to shore up the finances of AIG when that great insurance company was struggling.

Web Link

Now we're doing the same for PG&E. There would be serious liability issues for PG&E if they didn't do these outages, and no one wants to see them get sued.


2 people like this
Posted by Transparency.............
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 9, 2019 at 2:16 pm

It's a bit like living in a "developing Nation"......................


29 people like this
Posted by wondering
a resident of Bonde Ranch
on Oct 9, 2019 at 2:40 pm

It seems as if we are going back in time. Out of control state government, governor, schools are getting worse, no electricity, huge homeless issue, crime up, drug abuse, and seemingly nothing gets done. Is this what a breakdown in society looks like before the violence starts? It seems like a very bad situation getting worse by the day.


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Posted by Bill
a resident of Old Towne
on Oct 9, 2019 at 4:27 pm

It is amazing that no shut down in San Francisco? Could this be because Speak of the House and a Senator live in San Francisco?


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Posted by DKHSK
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Oct 9, 2019 at 4:40 pm

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“I have no idea why dry weather brings out the Democrat-haters.”

I do. We’ve finally taken Alinskys rules and turned them back on you.

No more Mr. Nice guys, cuz.

Dan


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Posted by DKHSK
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Oct 9, 2019 at 4:47 pm

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I don’t want to hear any g-d complaining from any Democrats on this thread.

Your party, your problem.

This state is going down fast. Roads are in shambles, homeless all over the damned place, taxes going to who knows what, electricity now being cut off for 800k...and the list goes on.

Own it dems, all under your watch.

Dan


3 people like this
Posted by Deliberate Public Hysteria
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 9, 2019 at 5:04 pm

Two items:

1) Why is the electric infrastructure no longer able to safely provide power during all typical weather? It worked pretty well for the first 100 years...

2) Why are PG&E and the media not doing a more careful job of precisely explaining who is impacted by the outages? "Pleasanton" is not having its power shut down. Small portions of Pleasanton may have their power shut down. "Berkeley" is not having its power shut down. But UC Berkeley and the hill neighborhoods are. Those differences are hugely important since the majority of the population is outside of the outage zones. Yet PG&E's press releases talk about entire counties and cities when, in most cases, only the urban-wilderness fringe neighborhoods are affected. Okay, so you can add in some nearby areas serviced by poorly-maintained open-air power lines going through wilderness areas. But the real-time map that would give people the granular information that is actually relevant to their lives is broken. The maps served up by the media are stale, can we trust them?


9 people like this
Posted by Bill
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Oct 9, 2019 at 7:32 pm

The outage areas are determined by fire danger by topography and by fire response zones. If you are close enough to fire stations or don't have much fuel to burn, no need for power to go down.

So many people with tinfoil hats in this town.


9 people like this
Posted by Jake Waters
a resident of Birdland
on Oct 9, 2019 at 7:42 pm

To the commentator about ‘projecting,’ and ‘turning the power off to Fox’:

Projection is exactly what the Democratic Party has done for the last 3 years- what they blame the other side of doing, they are actually doing themselves. As to Fox, CNN and MSNBC wouldn’t touch this energy problem in California with a ten foot pole. They are ordered to protect all Democrats in power, whether Governors, Mayors, or other representatives. Mainstream media takes their orders, direction, and talking points from the DNC. Fox is the ONLY journalist news station on cable or TV. Though, to make a point, I only watch one show on Fox, and acquire my information through numerous articles, editorials, commentaries, and books.


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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 9, 2019 at 8:26 pm

FYI Bill:
PG&E utilities are underground in my neighborhood.
That is probably a contributing factor why locations north of Bernal Avenue along Foothill Road are not listed among locations for shutdown.


7 people like this
Posted by Wake up
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 9, 2019 at 9:09 pm

Pge has been run for decades by self serving incompetent greedy Republicans !!! It's time to break this monopoly up and have real oversight by a body of intelligent individuals... unlike the past and present PUC board members


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Posted by Grumpy
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Oct 9, 2019 at 9:46 pm

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Dan, you are too angry. This problem is entirely because PG&E is panicking. It's not because of Democrats or Republicans. The most odd thing about your comments is that you and I probably agree on roads and homeless, but you can't even see it because you're too furious.

SF isn't on alert because it's entirely developed and surrounded by water in three sides. No conspiracies. PG&E doesn't work for Pelosi.

I think you all need to get a grip. Paranoia is so 2018.


10 people like this
Posted by Just asking
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 10, 2019 at 7:35 am

Third world California brought to you by democrat politicians and their supporters. Whose to blame?
The people who vote for and defend the politicians in California. Dem supporters take responsibility for what you have done.
This is what you have asked for and voted for Venezuela in California. If you support the current Democratic Party you are he problem. Crap on the streets, dirty water and air now powe outages caused by the lack of oversight by the very people you support. Why would anyone support these greedy selfish politicians most of whom are democrats. Not a political statement. It's a fact. If your to stupid to figure it out or to corrupt to care get the f out of the way. If your currently voting dem your an idiot in my opinion, or should I say useful idiot because that is exactly what you are. Suckers suckers suckers!!!!!


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Posted by Jake Waters
a resident of Birdland
on Oct 10, 2019 at 8:50 am

Jake Waters is a registered user.

I am compelled with the need to make one more point before leaving this blog: we Californians are experiencing a prelude of things to come. We are held captive to a monopoly which is controlling a vital component of our lives-energy. The Democrats have placed us in a stronghold of issues on the horizon. The warning signs (as it is said California leads the way of the rest of the country) are as clear as they can be if you are willing to look. America is becoming more and more dumbed-down each year, and the proof is in the talking points by the Democrats currently running for the Presidency.

Our suspension of electricity is due to the lack of responsibility by one of the largest utilities in the country: PG&E. Their failure to maintain their equipment was based on profits. The Democrats have pushed ‘The Climate Crisis’ (the new label) as the culprit in this aftermath when it has been the failure to maintain our forests, the refusal to build reservoirs, and again the neglect by PG&E to service their equipment in the state’s rural dense regions.

As I have said in my first comment, the Democrats can’t even get ahead of the problems growing in LA, San Francisco, and Oakland, to name a few cities run by Democrats for decades, do you really believe they have our interests here? This situation plays right into the hands of their Climate hoax with their control of our energy, control of our schools, control of our bathrooms, control of our speech, control of our guns- essentially control of our lives.

Change will only occur at the ballot box.


8 people like this
Posted by Wombat
a resident of Downtown
on Oct 10, 2019 at 9:12 am

@Jake Waters :” America is becoming more and more dumbed-down each year, and the proof is in the talking points by the Democrats currently running for the Presidency.”

So you’re saying that if we vote Republican then we won’t get a dumbed-down President in office?
Thanks for your (unintentionally) hilarious post!


3 people like this
Posted by SR
a resident of Laguna Oaks
on Oct 10, 2019 at 11:02 am

To try to make this power issue politically motivated is beyond my comprehension and makes about as much sense as denying climate change. The issue is above ground power lines which are related to weather power outage issues all over the country. It just that here, high winds cause them to start fires and destroy people’s homes and lives.PG&E is trying to prevent that in the only way they currently can. Hopefully, they can be forced to continue to clear lines so smaller area are affected in the future. The only way to really mitigate this is to bury lines, which isn’t going to happen anytime soon. In cold weather climates bad snow storms cause downed lines and sometimes week long outages and hurricanes have caused months long outages. This political rants are illogical and are going to do do nothing to protect those in high fire danger areas.


7 people like this
Posted by wondering
a resident of Bonde Ranch
on Oct 10, 2019 at 12:06 pm

Its much larger than just this power issue. What is happening is a continuance of poor leadership and yet we try and deny that fact. Our schools are in decline, infrastructure is falling apart, taxes are high. Both state legislatures are Democratic, governor is Democratic, Senators are Democratic.......yes I think we are in very deep weeds. We are just a couple years removed from water shortages and do we hear about creating more storage? no not a bit but we do hear about sanctuary cities, free healthcare for illegals and preferred entrance in college for the illegals. Just pointing out unpleasant truths.


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Posted by Wombat
a resident of Downtown
on Oct 10, 2019 at 12:25 pm

“.... governor is Democratic....”

Last Republican who I voted for for governor didn’t seem to accomplish much other than to get his family’s nanny pregnant.

Just sayin’.


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Posted by Can we at least agree on
a resident of Foothill High School
on Oct 10, 2019 at 12:55 pm

If PG&E intends to create this kind of hysteria and havoc and stick to their 'it's about safety' and 'we feel your pain' talking points, they need to upgrade their communications, forecast and IT/web capabilities. Heck, while they're at it, upgrade/maintain their infrastructure since it's the root of all of this. This isn't about politics, it's about incompetence.


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Posted by WOW
a resident of Birdland
on Oct 10, 2019 at 1:01 pm

Wombat. At least the governor you refer to accomplished something. Can't say that for any of the others.


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Posted by Jake Waters
a resident of Birdland
on Oct 10, 2019 at 3:40 pm

@Wombat

If that is all you have, (which tells me your a liberal with no answers), perhaps you shouldn’t post.


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Posted by highdiver
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 10, 2019 at 5:50 pm

So Fire danger has now become a political issue, Dems vs Reps. And it will be solved by who is in power, amazing. Sounds like Yankees vs Confederates all over again. We are all passengers on the spaceship Earth and residents of same state. Let's work together and instead of against and solve the problem of inadequate power service


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Posted by WTF
a resident of Birdland
on Oct 10, 2019 at 6:30 pm

The PUC determines how PGE spends their money on capital projects. The PUC is not interested in allowing PGE to spend money on infrastructure improvements and brush clearing. They are interested in so called renewable energy. What is the political make up of the PUC. Dig deeper and you may find the real problem.


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Posted by Just asking
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 10, 2019 at 7:47 pm

A lot of things are beyond a lot of peoples compression. This clearly is one of them when the answer is right under your nose.
Bury the lines, should have been done 40 years ago. Politics are always involved. Elected politicians not doing their jobs.
6th largest economy in the world can't keep its lights on n the 21st century. One question regarding climate change.
Is climate change bad ?


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Posted by Wombat
a resident of Downtown
on Oct 10, 2019 at 9:39 pm

@WOW wrote “ Wombat. At least the governor you refer to accomplished something. “

LOL! Wow. I can’t believe that 12 people upvoted you for that response!


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Posted by pope john
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 10, 2019 at 9:42 pm

Wombat you will never get it!


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Posted by wondering
a resident of Bonde Ranch
on Oct 11, 2019 at 12:33 pm

Highdiver,

Only one thing wrong in your comments. There is no North and South, nor Democrat and Republicans only Dems and more Dems. They have made our state a mess and have no idea how to get out nor do they have anyone to blame. Looks like they own this entire mess and better come up with a solution and quick.


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Posted by Willy
a resident of Old Towne
on Oct 11, 2019 at 2:29 pm

Willy is a registered user.

Let the ballot box do your talking! It's time that we take back control of the State from these Liberals!


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Posted by DKHSK
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Oct 11, 2019 at 7:55 pm

DKHSK is a registered user.

Last I heard, PGE is a publicly regulated utility, with oversight provided by a government committee.

So far as I can see, not much "regulating" going on here...

This is the Democrat governments fault.

Own it.

Dan


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