Business & Labor – The Mendocino Voice https://www.mendovoice.com Useful news, for all of Mendocino. Wed, 06 Nov 2019 06:18:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 New ‘career hub’ and veterans’ resource center opens Nov. 13 at Mendocino College https://www.mendovoice.com/2019/11/new-career-hub-and-veterans-resource-center-opens-nov-13-at-mendocino-college/ https://www.mendovoice.com/2019/11/new-career-hub-and-veterans-resource-center-opens-nov-13-at-mendocino-college/#respond Wed, 06 Nov 2019 05:06:39 +0000 https://www.mendovoice.com/?p=258495 There will also be a resource fair and Veterans Day ceremony.

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MENDOCINO Co., 11/5/19 — A plethora of new resources will be avaliable at Mendocino College starting next week, including a new "career hub" and the re-opening of the veterans' resource center. The college will be celebration the new resources with a resource fair and Veterans Day ceremony on November 13 in Ukiah.

The event will be held on Wednesday, November 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and will include, "a wide variety of community partners present in support of overall wellness, veteran services, and career opportunities." The new career hub and the veterans resource center will also be open to provide students with places to connect, learn about resources, access computers, and much more.

Here's the details in the full announcement:

Mendocino College to Host Veterans Resource Fair and Career Hub Grand Opening, Nov 13


Mendocino College’s 2019 Veterans Day Event will feature a Resource Fair, Grand Opening of the new Career Hub, and Grand Re-Opening of the Veterans Resource Center.

The event is open to all and will be held Wednesday, November 13, from 11:30am-2:30pm. The focus of the event will be overall wellness: physical, emotional, financial, and social. There will be a wide variety of community partners present in support of overall wellness, veteran services, and career opportunities.

The day will include a Veterans Day ceremony, student Veteran panel, a free lunch prepared by the Mendocino College Culinary Arts Department, a resource fair, and a chance to win prizes for those who attend and actively participate. The events will all be held at the Ukiah campus, starting with the ceremony and student Veteran panel in the Little Theatre, followed by the resource fair and lunch in the Lowery Student Center, Career Hub in room 1250, and Veterans Resource Center in room 1240. 

The goal of the new Mendocino College Career Hub is to help students and community members learn how to choose a career that aligns with their individual interests. Visitors have access to computers, get advice about how to create a resume or dress for interviews, and practice for upcoming job interviews through mock interviews. The Career Hub also connects community businesses to job seekers in the area by hosting presentations by local employers and posting current employment opportunities. 

The Veterans Resource Center offers a space for veterans to connect with other veterans over a cup of coffee, conduct small study groups, access computers for completion of homework, receive information about educational benefits to which they may be entitled, and assistance in applying for educational benefits.  

The Ukiah campus of Mendocino College is located at 1000 Hensley Creek Road, Ukiah, CA 95482.  For information about this event, contact Lauren Simmonds, Career Center Specialist:lsimmonds@mendocino.edu or 707-468-3044.

Mendocino College press release.

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Letter to the editor: PG&E’s lack of communication an “abrogation of their corporate responsibilities?” (opinion) https://www.mendovoice.com/2019/11/letter-to-the-editor-lack-of-communication-a-abrogation-of-their-corporate-responsibilities-opinion/ https://www.mendovoice.com/2019/11/letter-to-the-editor-lack-of-communication-a-abrogation-of-their-corporate-responsibilities-opinion/#respond Wed, 06 Nov 2019 04:31:48 +0000 https://www.mendovoice.com/?p=258845 A letter-to-the-editor concerning what to do about PG&E.

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The following is a letter-to-the-editor, submitted by Frank Hartzell, of Fort Bragg, published here as opinion. Hartzell is a local journalist and his work has appeared in this publication however, the opinions expressed in this letter are his, not those of The Mendocino Voice. If you would like to submit a letter-to-the-editor feel free to write to  info@mendovoice.com.

For more coverage of the blackouts follow this link.


Dear Supervisor Dan Gjerde, Assemblyman Jim Wood, Senator Mike McGuire, CPUC Executive Director Alice Stebbins and Governor Gavin Newsom:

Our cities, counties, assemblyman, senator and governor must look into what may be violations of law by PG&E’s upper management and the public relations division in the most recent power outage.

Among “broken links”, down websites, contradictory information and endless ambiguity, the most serious charge may be that PG&E made so little effort at communication with government and the media that this could be legal abrogation of their corporate responsibilities. Our public officials need to press this issue in supervisor chambers, at the CPUC [California Public Utilities Commission] and in the Legislature.

I listened to every radio station in the area and PGE public affairs never came on the radio to explain what was going on, provide access to a press conference or in any way inform its ratepayers (in my hearing and constant listening for pretty much all 5 days). To me, it looks as if PGE management does not know how their company works, how it can be shut off, what towns are tied to what and where the risks in the system lie. It is incomprehensible and inexcusable that they did not study more on how their own grid worked, at least after the Tubbs fire. I could be wrong, but that’s how it looked and PGE did nothing to counteract this picture.
Their own lack of knowledge about their own company is the only explanation I can see for the lack of specific information during the recent PGE caused economic disaster.

The information that they did give to radio people seemed to be given reluctantly and to be appallingly ambiguous from my standpoint as listener. If local reporters didn't make enough of an effort, that is NO EXCUSE. I have heard the sheriff and fire officials barge in and insist that lifesaving information go out. 

I got 6 calls from PGE in my 5 days without power, none of which told me anything specific (or anything useful whatsoever). The calls said wind conditions were forecast which “may or may not” result in my power being out. When they called me 3 days into no power and told me once again my power “may or may not be turned off” and fired another insulting bunch of ambiguity at me I was truly fed up and asked to be taken off the call lists. Are they intentionally insulting us? It sure seems like that from here.
Each call provided a 12-13 digit number I was supposed to copy down and enter in on their website. The person speaking had B’s that sounded like D’s and M’s that sounded like N’s. The code was not repeated. 

I also got emails with the same information. Fortunately, those had a link. But when I clicked the link it was the exact same useless, non specific information as I had heard on the phone. For the life of me, I cannot imagine why they did not use this link to provide explanations for what was going on! People would have watched hours of press conferences or for as long as the phone batteries held out.

IT COULD BE that there is a reasonable explanation for some or all of this. If so, they really blew it. Once in the 9th grade I got a C on a history essay. I told the teacher I had a lot more than I had written in my paper but didn’t think I needed to tell that part. It was obvious sir teacher!”
He said, “If you don’t tell us about it, it doesn’t exist.”

That’s how we must grade everything PGE did during this, and the only grade is an F for failing to inform us when we needed the most, even if they had good reason, a premise I am not at all convinced of.

Radio news didn’t criticize PGE. The radio folks were rightly worried about unhappy customers talking the power outage out on PGE workers. Jerks!! PGE workers are among the victims of the upper level management with the rest of us. They were not told the big picture either. The upper management uses these fine workers to hide behind (see all the TV ads featuring lineman, inspectors etc.). The only specific information I got was posted by Supervisor Ted Williams, but this was clearly pried out of PGE. WTF? Why are they not telling their customers what is going on? I am truly blown away by this failure to communicate.

The CPUC undergrounding program to encourage utilities to underground their wires started in 1967. (Cities and counties have a major role in this too and the failure goes beyond PGE) However, many other utilities around the nation took leadership in undergrounding (and future planning and maintenance). PGE remained dedicated mostly to profits for the shareholders. Now we have an endless landscape of old, vulnerable above-ground equipment in the middle of the fire zones. 

This is a crisis folks! Our economy depends on dependable power and suddenly its gone without explanation? Our elected leaders and the news media need to be invited into every decision and every step if this ever happens again. Our leaders have the right to know what this regulated monopoly is doing and why and now! The public’s right to know is more important than ever in a crisis! This time they couldn't be bothered to tell us the 5ws while people clung to life on medical machines, while thousands of us lost income, work, food and while many went a bit crazy due to lack of any information.

Remember the way the sheriff kept us up to date on the terrifying situation after JeMelo and Matt Coleman were murdered (after first day or so)? Remember how the sheriff was on the radio helping mitigate scares in town and near schools, how they told us early, often and late? How PR during a disaster is usually one of the most important aspects? 

Remember how the fire departments took the media along for the terrifying lightning complex fires in 2011 and offered round the clock coverage of what was going on, what they were doing and why?

You might think PGE people were all busy working on the lines and didn't have time to inform us? The company has an entire division devoted to community relations, public affairs and communications.

HIGH WINDS?

While record high winds were forecast, they never came to be as predicted. And they never came at all to the Coast, which was freezing cold, humid, damp and wind free.

Must we be prisoners of forecasts as well as weather?

Was ANY effort made to keep these power cutoffs to areas that might be impacted? Can PGE simply turn off power at their whim? If there is a real reason to shut down the entire grid for Sonoma fires, that would have been great to know. But we WERE NOT TOLD anything about that either. We have the technology explain this all in real time in the year 2019! 

There were at least a dozen times this summer that these shutoffs for the Coast would have made more sense that this one. Are we now going to have a dozen weeks of the year with power out? Will every fire in Marin, Lake, Napa or Humboldt counties will now require cutting off the power to all of Mendocino County? How will we know? We need to know the plan! There needs to be criteria spelled out that the media and our elected leaders can use to evaluate PGE. We need specifics, not bland and vague statements like those we got this time, that could apply to anywhere, which is all we got for five days. We need press conferences, explanations, and up to date maps. PGE told Tom on the Coast that the maps were unreliable because they were generated by a Bot. 

So get some new maps with that PR Platoon you have!.

Another VERY disturbing part of this is PGE seems to have changed its policies in a way that could have major impacts on the future of our area. They no longer turn power back on at night? (their press releases clearly state this horror) They also now no longer provide time estimates for power restoration? WHO GAVE THEM THIS KIND OF POWER? For decades they have turned my power back on quickly in the middle of a big storm in the dark of night and often provided estimates while doing so. Was there something different about this power outage that made it impossible to work at night and also made it impossible to make restoration time estimates? How can this be true? Please, leaders, get PGE to explain!

Lots of people here were panicked. Rumors said it would go on for weeks. The fights in the gas lines were real.

Next time, our officials need to demand that some news reporters (not selected by PGE) be given access and the ability to ask questions. Ratepayers could send their questions to the reporters and/or public officials. Our elected leaders MUST be given a role in the decision making on these voluntary outages.

To me there is only one long term solution- 

  1. TURN the corporate charter off for PGE and shut the company down in bankruptcy court. Send the shareholders home. Sorry its rough, but so is the destruction of the entire Northern California economy with fire causing equipment that should have already been replaced and with blackouts PGE can’t be bothered to explain in real time. I will never get that week back. Zero income this time of year instead of my contract job will be hard to recover from. With an explanation, I might chalk it up to global warming and necessity. But not without. Not for a utility that can't be bothered to communicate with its customers.
  2. Have a court supervised state run takeover of PGE and replace this company with a NON PROFIT utility owned by the ratepayers or a municipal/state utilty.
  3. Retain line workers and make them owning members of the non profit/cooperative along with ratepayers.
  4. Float a state bond to cover critical undergrounding, upgrading equipment massive fire prevention measures (some of which will require suspension of environmental laws) and insurance reform. Nearly all will require use of eminent domain to force logging companies and other private property owners to comply with fire prevention) 
  5. The state should also use the bond to step into fire insurance they way they have for earthquakes. The state should offer lower cost insurance to those who practice fire prevention, clearing of brush, following fire dept recommendations etc. Insurance companies in just the last five years have begun doing the worst possible thing for fires- ignoring all fire prevention efforts when issuing insurance. Now, they are all relying on robotic cost saving programs that use a google earth type map to make decisions.

Our jobs, economies and often lives are at stake with a company that isn’t interested in telling us anything. We need explanations right now and then an active role in our fates for our elected leaders. 

I remember the many PGE calls and letters and explanation I got when I had commercial PGE at my warehouse at 900 N Franklin Street when they had to shut off power for a day, closing my business. I was given exact times, which were done in a way to have as little impact as possible.

Why cannot some of this kind of polite planning and communication happen during a PGE made disaster that made thousands suffer huge losses in income or in some cases their breath and health?

Yes don’t blame the blue truck people, they are great people ( I never saw any in Fort Bragg during the power outage and I did see at least a dozen ATT and a half dozen Comcast trucks). I never saw a helicopter either, perhaps because there was no wind or fire danger in our moldy, damp area?

Let's all be polite to all PGE workers, even the upper management so we can get this resolved. That brings me to another point- the PGE office in FB. During the first day of the outage here they offered a phone charging area in Ukiah, three hours round trip. But then they came and set up a small tent with chairs and tables and chargers at CV Starr. it would seem like their spacious office could have been generator powered and made a refuge for the powerless. If the FB police department lobby could be filled with people, along with city hall, the senior center, Harvest Market etc, it seems like the power company should have a plan B also for using their own office to help with the power outage they cause.

I don’t think people are yet seeing how catastrophic it will be for our economy if power has become unreliable and if there is no way for us to even get a reasonable explanation of what is going on or know the game-plan that results in a huge area being shut off that isn’t even at risk. Elected leaders- please help.

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County officials: No power outages planned https://www.mendovoice.com/2019/11/no-power-outages-planned-say-county-officials/ https://www.mendovoice.com/2019/11/no-power-outages-planned-say-county-officials/#comments Sun, 03 Nov 2019 01:28:56 +0000 https://www.mendovoice.com/?p=257438 The rumors keep flying, but as with most rumors, they just aren't true.

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MENDOCINO Co., 11/02/19 — After two nearly continuous Pacific Gas & Electric intentional blackouts, leading to our entire county being without power for over four days, Mendocino County residents are on edge about what this new policy might mean for their lives. So it seems useful to say at this moment, that to the best knowledge of public officials, PG&E currently has no plans to shut off power in the next several days.

Mendocino County officials reiterated this message, on Friday, to quell a growing number rumors claiming that a power outage was imminent, though one is not. However, we are not truly out of the woods, and if the weather shifts, another outage is possible before the rains come. There may, however, be planned temporary outages around the county due to repairs the utility company is conducting, but these are unlikely to last more than a few hours, and are different than the power shut-offs due to risk of fire weather and high wind.

Here is the Facebook message posted by the County of Mendocino at around 4:30 p.m on Friday, which had been shared 274 times about 24 later at 4:40 p.m. on Saturday afternoon:

There is a rumor going around of a possible PSPS event on 11/5. As of today’s call with CalOES and PG&E, there is NO scheduled or forecasted PSPS event for next week in Mendocino County. The County will notify residents if we hear anything regarding a new PSPS event. More information on Public Safety Power Shutoffs visit www.pge.com/psps and www.mendocinocounty.org/psps

County of Mendocino

If we were to speculate here at The Mendocino Voice (something we rarely do, preferring to stick to the facts), we might infer that well-intentioned use of social media is to blame — that in a rush to share information people don’t always check to see the date and time when something was published, and many people don’t realize that many social media platforms often show you posts OUT of chronological order.

That means you might see a post that gets a lot of shares and comments before you see one that was just posted, and so has the latest info. As people and their local officials increasingly rely on social media platforms to share info, it’s important to learn how to navigate these tools so you can make sure you’re also sharing accurate info.

We spend a lot of time on social media, as is the news business these days, and we also fact-checking behind the scenes — so we wanted to share these following tips with you. And we promise to let you know if we hear anything about another power shut-off.

Here's some tips:

On Facebook and Twitter, posts are often not shown in chronological order, both in your feed, in groups, and on a specific page. First, check the time and date stamp of that post, and if it's a link to a specific article, you may need to open that article and check the date it was published. For The Mendocino Voice, we always include what's called a "dateline," something like "WILLITS, 11/02/19," which shows when an article was published, and if we are adding updates to breaking news, we include the exact time we've updated the article. We also will write "(updated)" in our headlines to let you know if we're adding new information in a developing news situation.

On Facebook, you go to the specific page, such as The Mendocino Voice, you can look in the top left hand corner above the top post. There you will see either "new activity" or "most recent" or "top posts." You can change this to "most recent" to make sure you're seeing the newest information.

On our website, in the menu, you can go to "News," and then to "Latest News," where you can see every article we've published, in chronological order from most recent to our very first article in September, 2016. You can bookmark that and go directly there to see our latest info. You can sign up for our newsletter and get our headlines, in order, directly to your invoice a few times a week, plus our latest announcements.

After this power shut-off, we've done a lot of thinking about how to best get you information no matter the circumstance, and we want to hear from you about what works best. We're working on developing an app, plus ways to text you articles directly to your phone, so even when the internet isn't working well, you can know if there's any alerts. Let us know how best to reach you in the comments, or at info@mendovoice.com.

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EDFC offers business loans for blackout recovery and prep https://www.mendovoice.com/2019/10/edfc-offers-business-loans-for-blackout-recovery-and-prep/ https://www.mendovoice.com/2019/10/edfc-offers-business-loans-for-blackout-recovery-and-prep/#respond Thu, 31 Oct 2019 22:05:58 +0000 https://www.mendovoice.com/?p=255894 Loans of up to $50,000 are available at 3% interest to help businesses recover or prepare for power shut-offs and more.

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MENDOCINO Co., 10/31/19 — With the power finally having come back on across most of Mendocino County after four days of outage, many people are just now beginning to evaluate the costs and economic impacts of these days in the dark.

For, while a few local businesses managed to stay open, with employees deftly and cheerfully navigating long lines of customers, many businesses were forced to close their doors, spend money on back-up power or to preserve supplies, and send employees home with pay for nearly a week, while residents scrambled to find supplies or power sources, or to get gasoline.

All of this has resulted in substantial financial losses for businesses and employees alike, which are unlikely to be covered by PG&E.

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Even for those with insurance, this kind of unprecedented power shut-off event may not be covered under their personal or business plans. To help local businesses recover from the recent shut-offs, or to prepare for what may be an inevitable future recurrence, the Economic Development and Finance Corporation (EDFC) is offering low-interest business loans of up to $50,000 at 3% APR interest to local businesses for disaster preparedness.

"EDFC has established a loan fund so we can be responsive to these types of events," the organization's director, Heather Gurewitz, wrote in an email. "We are offering low interest loans (as low as 3%) for up to $50,000 to businesses that either have losses related to events like this or who want to prepare (e.g., buy a generator). Please help us spread the word. We make no money on this, it is a community service."

More details can be found in the flyer below, or by contacting the EDFC at their website or at 707-234-5707 to see if your project qualifies.

Here's the full message from EDFC and the flyer below:

Ukiah, CA. – The recent Public Safety Power Shutdown (PSPS) has been very hard on small local businesses.  In order to support small businesses during events like these, EDFC has established a disaster assistance loan program. 
If your business was negatively impacted by the recent Public Safety Power Shutoff event in Mendocino or Lake County, you may be eligible for a loan of up to $50,000 with interest as low as 3% APR.  Additionally, depending on the size and location of your business, EDFC may be able to waive application fees and closing costs. 
Funds can be used to support working capital, replacing inventory, and/or purchasing equipment for resiliency in the future such as generators or solar power.
For more information, contact EDFC’s Lending Relations Manager, Robert Gernert at robert@edfc.org or (707) 234-5705.  You can visit their website at edfc.org.

EDFC press release, 10/31/19.
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Ukiah, Leggett tienen energía eléctrica — PG&E anuncia “todo despejado”, reinicia el trabajo de reparación https://www.mendovoice.com/2019/10/ukiah-leggett-tienen-energia-electrica-pge-anuncia-todo-despejado-reinicia-el-trabajo-de-reparacion/ https://www.mendovoice.com/2019/10/ukiah-leggett-tienen-energia-electrica-pge-anuncia-todo-despejado-reinicia-el-trabajo-de-reparacion/#respond Wed, 30 Oct 2019 20:48:57 +0000 https://www.mendovoice.com/?p=255770 ACTUALIZACIÓN 1:28 p.m. - Han llegado varios informes de lectores que nos dicen que el poder ha sido devuelto a grandes partes de Ukiah, posiblemente a toda el área. Estos informes provienen de los límites de la ciudad de Ukiah, que tiene su propia red eléctrica, y suburbios de Ukiah en la red de PG&E. […]

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ACTUALIZACIÓN 1:28 p.m. - Han llegado varios informes de lectores que nos dicen que el poder ha sido devuelto a grandes partes de Ukiah, posiblemente a toda el área. Estos informes provienen de los límites de la ciudad de Ukiah, que tiene su propia red eléctrica, y suburbios de Ukiah en la red de PG&E.

Leggett y Piercy, que están atados a la red a través de Humboldt, aparentemente recuperaron el poder ayer en algún momento.

ORIGINAL

WILLITS, 30/10/19 - Pacific Gas & Electric anuncio "todo despejado" esta mañana, lo que significa que los trabajos de reparación y restauración pueden comenzar de nuevo en la red eléctrica, sin temor a que más vientos fuertes dañen una vez más la infraestructura o provoquen un incendio. (Desplácese hacia abajo o haga clic aquí para obtener información sobre cuándo podría volverse a encender).

A principios de esta semana, el gobernador Gavin Newsom también anunció que PG&E proporcionará algún tipo de reembolso por los cortes, algo que anteriormente no había sido su política, aunque el alcance del reembolso no está claro. Con respecto a algunos créditos, PG&E hasta ahora sólo ha comentado sobre la interrupción del 9 de octubre. PG&E tiene un sitio web de mapas de las interrupciones, pero las fechas y horas que muestra parecen contradecir directamente las declaraciones de PG&E a los funcionarios públicos y a la prensa, y pueden considerarse poco confiables.

El trabajo que PG&E debe hacer ahora es una mezcla de restauración de energía, el complejo proceso de energizar la red electríca después de haberse apagado para garantizar un voltaje estable, etc., y las reparaciones necesarias debido al fuerte viento que ha dañado y tirado varias líneas.

La secuencia exacta en la cual el trabajo procederá o la electricidad se reanudará es efectivamente desconocido para el público. Varios funcionarios públicos, incluidos el CEO y los supervisores del condado, así como la ciudad de Ukiah, se han quejado de la mala comunicación. La ciudad de Ukiah ha dicho repetidamente que "la información de PG&E ha sido inconsistente y poco confiable". Esa es la versión oficial pública, o sea, que "se tome todo con cautela".

RESTAURACIÓN DE ENERGÍA

He aquí lo que sabemos esta mañana, que hemos compilado al hablar con varios funcionarios públicos que a su vez se han comunicado directamente con los funcionarios de PG&E: los trabajadores intentaron restaurar el poder en Gualala y la costa sur anoche por medio de una línea que surge de la costa de Sonoma, pero no tuvieron éxito. Esperan tener más éxito hoy temprano.

La ciudad de Ukiah ha dicho que PG&E les ha dicho que están haciendo intentos para restaurar la línea de transmisión de alta potencia que sigue aproximadamente el camino de la carretera 20 desde el condado de Lake, que proporciona energía a Ukiah y las áreas circundantes. Se espera la restauración de esta línea esta tarde, momento en el que Ukiah, dentro de los límites de la ciudad, y las áreas a su alrededor deberan comenzar a tener luz.

Del mismo modo, se espera que las líneas de transmisión que corren a lo largo de  la carretera 128 desde aproximadamente las áreas de la Ruta 101 del norte de Sonoma hasta el Valle de Anderson vean una restauración más tarde hoy.

Durante la interrupción forzada más reciente, PG&E apagó menos áreas del Condado de Humboldt y por un período más corto. Parece que Leggett y quizás Laytonville obtienen su energía del norte, por lo que la restauración de su electricidad también puede ocurrir rápidamente.

Pero, de nuevo, PG&E no se ha comunicado sobre el funcionamiento actual de su red, y ha rechazado solicitudes de información sobre la red en el pasado. Si desea ver un mapa aproximado de la cuadrícula local, siga este enlace a nuestro proyecto especial, mendomaps.com.

La ciudad de Fort Bragg, desafortunadamente, parece recibir su corriente, no a través de la costa sur, ni a través del valle de Anderson, sino desde Willits en líneas de transmisión aproximadamente paralelas a la carretera 20. Esto significa que Fort Bragg depende de la restauración de la subestación de Willits, y aún no hemos escuchado ninguna información sobre cuándo Willits volverá a tener luz..

En el mapa de interrupción de servicio de PG&E, en su sitio web, actualmente muestran los lugares sin electricidad (las áreas moradas son parte de sus apagines intencionales, que llaman "PSPS"), y si hace clic, hay un tiempo estimado de restauración: pero esta información, según la Ciudad de Ukiah, debe considerarse "inconsistente y poco confiable". Este sitio web sólo proporciona y estima, y ​​parece que esa estimación es sólo un período 48 horas después del inicio de la interrupción. Además, las comunicaciones oficiales de PG&E tanto a los funcionarios públicos como a la prensa a menudo contradicen directamente lo difundido en este sitio web.

Aquí está el comunicado de prensa de la ciudad de Ukiah:

ACTUALIZACIÓN PSPS DE LA CIUDAD DE UKIAH: PG&E DA EL "CLIMA TODO CLARO", ESPERA RESTAURAR EL PODER AL VALLE de UKIAH EN LA TARDE DEL MIÉRCOLES 30 DE OCTUBRE

Ukiah, CA. 30 de octubre de 2019, 8:30 am - PG&E ha anunciado el "clima despejado" para el condado de Mendocino. Si bien su respuesta típica es que podría tomar hasta 48[horas?] inspeccionar las líneas y restaurar la energía, también han indicado que están priorizando la restauración de la línea de transmisión que alimenta el área más grande de Ukiah con la esperanza de que la energía se restablezca en la tarde del miércoles , 30 de octubre.

Si bien el personal de la ciudad se siente cautelosamente optimista, la información de PG&E ha sido inconsistente y poco confiable. Continuaremos transmitiendo la información tal como se recibe, y aseguraremos a los residentes que el personal está trabajando las 24 horas para mantener en funcionamiento otros servicios esenciales mientras presionamos a PG&E

El lobby del Centro Cívico de Ukiah en 300 Seminary Avenue estará abierto al público para cargar el sus aparatos electrónicos entre las 8:00 am y las 9:00 pm hasta que se restablezca la energía. Los baños públicos, café y agua también están disponibles. Tenga en cuenta que el wifi público no está disponible en esta ubicación debido a la interrupción del servicio.

Mientras tanto, los funcionarios de la Ciudad alientan a los residentes a manejar con cuidado con seguridad. Los semáforos de tráfico inoperantes por el apagón deben tratarse como una parada completa.

Siga la página de Facebook de la Ciudad de Ukiah para obtener la información más actualizada: https://www.facebook.com/cityofukiah/. Alternativamente, los residentes pueden llamar al (707) 463-6288.

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South Coast may gain power tonight, Philo & Ukiah tomorrow, Willits & Fort Bragg unclear — Ukiah schools closed (updated 2am) https://www.mendovoice.com/2019/10/power-outages-continue-till-at-least-wed-or-longer-public-officials-denounce-pge/ https://www.mendovoice.com/2019/10/power-outages-continue-till-at-least-wed-or-longer-public-officials-denounce-pge/#comments Tue, 29 Oct 2019 21:04:22 +0000 https://www.mendovoice.com/?p=255134 The people of Mendocino and California are also increasingly frustrated and angry at PG&E, but here in Mendocino people are coping well.

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UPDATE 2:15 a.m. -- Looks like they didn't quite succeed in getting Gualala going today, but work might progress quickly in parts of the county tomorrow.

Here is Supervisor Ted Williams from Facebook with lots of details. PG&E has never been particularly keen to discuss the details of their operations with the press and at this point it appears that the only people getting any kind of detailed answers are politicians:

Wednesday morning:
PG&E notified us of re-energization “up to Gualala”. I’m asking residents to confirm and help us understand what “up to” means in terms of boundaries. At 2:25am Jennifer Tester-Caughey reported no restoration approximately 1.5 miles from "downtown Gualala" on Old Stage Road and noted generator noise all around. Hrpmh. Voltage stabilization issues impeded multiple attempts to bring up Point Arena. New estimate is mid-day. The 115kv transmission line from Lake County to north of Lake Mendocino will progress after an “all clear” and approximately three hours of inspections starting around day light. The 60kv lines to Anderson Valley and the coast are expected to move forward concurrently at a similar pace.
After hearing of Comptche running out of fuel and missing deliveries, I reached out to CEO Carmel Angelo who assigned Deputy CEO Steve Dunnicliff. Steve had a face to face with the distributor and gained a commitment of delivery today. Thanks to those who notified us about the situation and to Steve for quick remedy.
County Department or Transportation is using maintenance trucks to maintain the Little River Airport generator until a delivery arrives.
State Senator Mike McGuire showed support for our landline concern and it’s appreciated. “We’re working a land line telephone outage in some areas of coastal Mendocino County. According to @ATT, some batteries at their landline facilities have run out of power. We also know that some North Coast cell towers are impacted due to power issues. The California Office of Emergency Services is aware of the outage and is working with telecom companies to bring in additional power generators. @ATT has told the state that these generators will be deployed to the region this morning.”
https://www.facebook.com/107224696002158/posts/2658416314216304?sfns=mo
Supervisor Lynda Hopkins of Sonoma County, covering the coast south of our 5th district, is following our effort to query residents about failing landlines. We’re stronger together — chronicling landline failure and working with our neighbors will force better coordination next round. Please continue to share data-points with me.
Burris Fire off Potter Valley Rd and Hwy 20, east of Calpella in Mendocino County is 350 acres and 75% contained.
The Kincade Fire is now visible from the Sutro Tower In San Francisco. Observed sustained wind and gust speeds from across the region this night are attached in photo. The strongest winds were in the North Bay in vicinity of the Kincade Fire. Mount St. Helena recorded 50 mph winds with 57 mph gusts, Pine Flat Road recorded 40 mph winds and 54 mph gusts, and the Healdsburg Hills saw 30 mph hour winds and 46 mph gusts. Winds were forecasted to peak around midnight, gradually weaken this morning. The fire grew slightly over the course of Tuesday, adding just 723 acres at final report, for a total acreage of 76,138 acres. All eyes await the morning acreage report. Containment increased to 15 percent on Tuesday, but ember spread remains a key concern while the wind continues. 9 strike teams coordinated by the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal are assisting along with 911 dispatchers from Santa Clara, Palo Alto, Vacaville, Elk Grove Police, Mountain View San Jose Police Departments.

UPDATE 7:00 p.m. -- Ukiah Unified Schools will be closed tomorrow. The district has announced that they'll reopen the schools once the power is back on.

UPDATE 5:45 p.m. -- The staff and political representatives of the County of Mendocino have been pressing PG&E for information on the status of their repair and restoration work, and from what they describe PG&E has been difficult to communicate and less than forthright, but here is what they have now.

The gist is that work is continuing on power lines through Gualala to Point Arena, this is possible because as weather models show, that portion of the county will no be affected by the high off-shore winds. Tomorrow PG&E hopes to re-energize Philo, which will allow them to turn on parts of the Anderson Valley and the town of Mendocino.

At the other end of the county Leggett and maybe even Laytonville might be receiving power sooner than other places as they are more tied into the grid through Humboldt, where damage and winds have been less severe.

Restoration of power to greater Ukiah is being prioritized and the utility company claims that power might be restored tomorrow afternoon.

Because of the way the grid is built Willits is downstream of Ukiah, and Fort Bragg is downstream of Willits. Electricity is not water, and things can be rearranged somewhat, but this is very roughly the case. Once power is restored to Ukiah is should be easier to repair and restore the lines to Willits and then to Fort Bragg and to finally get those electrons moving.

This is surely something that the people of Mendocino County don't need to be reminded of, but it's nonetheless worth noting that there is a big difference between the hard working men and women are employed by PG&E and the executives and shareholders calling the shots. From linemen to engineers and call-center workers, the skilled employees of PG&E are mostly doing their best to try to restore our power, and communicate with us, under tough conditions -- and they should not be lumped in with the likes of people like the CEO Bill Johnson who has been with the company and in California less than a year.

Here is the press release from the county:

Update #2: October 29 PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff Event

Post Date: 10/29/2019 5:00 PM

The County of Mendocino is currently monitoring the scope of the October 29 Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) event in Mendocino County. This event is very dynamic, and the County is dependent on PG&E to provide accurate, updated information that can be shared with the public.

Mendocino County is still experiencing county-wide outages as part of the PG&E October 29 PSPS event. The weather event is estimated to conclude early tomorrow morning, Wednesday, October 30, and PG&E estimates an “all clear” by 8:00am. Mendocino County received a call from PG&E’s Emergency Operation Center at 4:15pm today to provide details regarding power restoration over the next 24 hours.

PG&E is attempting to restore power tonight to the south coast from Gualala to Point Arena. In addition, PG&E is working towards restoring power tomorrow morning at the Philo substation which will power the Philo area and the coast from Point Arena to the Town of Mendocino.  PG&E is prioritizing restoration of the transmission line feeding the greater Ukiah area in hopes power will be restored tomorrow afternoon.  Once the Ukiah area is restored PG&E will have more capacity with their power lines to restore the northern portions of the County including Willits and Fort Bragg. The County will continue to update the public as new information is received from PG&E.

For more information, please contact the Executive Office at 707-234-6030. For updated County information on the public safety power shut off, please visit www.mendocinocounty.org/psps or follow the County on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mendocinocounty and twitter https://twitter.com/countymendocino.

UPDATE 4 p.m. — The County of Mendocino released a statement shortly before 4 p.m. today warning that county residents who have had their power shut-off should prepared that power restoration may not occur until sunset on Friday, November 1, according to the most recent estimate provided to county officials by PG&E.

Here's the full announcement from Mendocino County; the original article can be found below. PG&E will be holding their evening press conference at 5:30 p.m. which you can watch on the company Twitter.

Additionally, according to an update on social media from Supervisor Ted Williams, "County Health and Human Services Director moved on homeless cold weather concern and will be registering folks at 5pm who need to get indoors at the 1045 S State, Ukiah shelter."

Post Date:10/29/2019 3:55 PM

The County of Mendocino is currently monitoring the scope of the October 29 Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) event in Mendocino County. This event is very dynamic, and the County is dependent on PG&E to provide accurate, updated information that can be shared with the public.
Mendocino County is still experiencing county-wide outages as part of the PG&E October 29 PSPS event. The weather event is estimated to conclude early tomorrow morning, Wednesday, October 30, and PG&E estimates an “all clear” by 8:00am. Following the “all clear” PG&E staff will begin assessment of the power lines followed by restoration of power.  PG&E estimates customers impacted by the October 29 will have power restored by sundown on Friday, November 1. The County will release any updated information on the power outages and re-energization timelines as they become available.
For more information, please contact the Executive Office at 707-234-6030. For updated County information on the public safety power shut off, please visit www.mendocinocounty.org/psps or follow the County on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mendocinocounty and twitter https://twitter.com/countymendocino.

WILLITS, 10/29/19 -- Early this morning Pacific Gas & Electric announced that they would beginning yet another "public safety planned shut-off," what PG&E calls these intentional blackouts, in Mendocino County -- once again cutting power to effectively the entire county, though what exactly that means, given that they never turned the power back on is unclear. In light of these continued blackouts the schools in the county will continue to be closed, as will Mendocino College, though the Mendocino Office of Education asks parents to check on the specific websites and social media sites of their district.

As to what it means that PG&E began a new blackout during a black out, some have speculated that it meant that they had simply given up on finishing repairs before the latest bout of high winds, others considered that they had decided it was too expensive to try to restore power so briefly, just to have to shut it off again.

Whatever the reason, restoration work is not expected to begin till 8 a.m. tomorrow morning, when their meteorologists will sound the "all clear," meaning that the "wind event" is over and repair and re-energization can begin. Still, it could easily take another 24 to 48 hours (or even longer) beyond that before power is fully restored to all parts of the county.

In response to these disasters, both the outage and the recent fires, the State of California has put together website, Response.ca.gov, to give Californians information about where to find resources. The County has put together an power shut-off information page, and if you scroll down to "Additional Resources," you can find lists of businesses, gas stations, grocery stores, and more that are expected to remain open.

The Mendocino Voice will be continuing to compile information from our readers on our Twitter, and Facebook page with videos, photos, and places to share information about what is open. Keep in mind that many locations may not be able to take credit or debit cards, or may not be receiving their usual deliveries, and be prepared for long lines. (Here's our coverage from Monday). However, Redwood Credit Union is open, as is the Costco gas station (no membership required), several hotels, Friedmans, Home Depot, Black Oak, the Valero at the north end of Ukiah, the Coyote Valley gas station, and Browns Corner in Willits among others. Hoppers Corner in Potter Valley is out of gas.

In the incorporated cities of Mendocino essential services like water and sewage continue to function, though many traffic lights have gone out. When approaching a dead traffic light treat it as a four-way stop.

And as though to compound our prolong outage, and critical fire weather, the North Coast is due to get some frigid temperatures tonight, with frost and freeze warnings announced by the National Weather Service. But fire weather is more tied to relative humidity and wind speed, not heat, and both those things will remain problematic for the next 24 hours. As a result the National Weather Service has continued to place much of the North Coast and North Bay under a red flag warning for critical fire weather. Winds are expected to be picking up this afternoon, and peaking late tonight, though continuing to blow strong into tomorrow morning.

And in response to the outages and difficulties, AT&T has extended unlimited data to their customers, contact AT&T for more information.

A small fire broke out in Willits earlier this morning, but in typical fashion the Little Lake Fire Department with mutual aid from the Brooktrails Department got it out quick. During these trying times and inclement weather, local fire departments and Cal Fire are doing an extraordinary job of quickly responding to new fires and controlling them.

Also, Cal Fire explained to us in an interview yesterday, it should be noted that the aircraft, the tanker planes and helicopters, are a "regional resource." That means that they are constantly flying back and forth between different fires where they're needed, rather than being assigned to a single fire. These planes are most effective in the early minutes of a fire, when they can make large retardant drops to slow its spread before ground crews can arrive on the scene — so even as the planes were directly working on the dire Kincade Fire to the south, they were able to quickly peel off to drop retardant on the Burris Fire in Potter Valley, and later on the very small fire in Willits yesterday.

The outage has also affected the ability of telecom companies to maintain phone lines. Internet has slowed to a crawl for many customers across the region, and several areas of the coast experienced a landline failure, due to AT&T's system losing power.

During this blackout, which may run to five days, personal hardships, especially for the sick and elderly, have been significant, but the economic costs have yet to be calculated. First there are the direct loss of things like refrigerated food, then the costs of preparation, like the purchase of solar panels and generators, and finally several days of closed businesses and lost work, with thousands of hourly workers having to miss work, and those paychecks.

Public officials across the state have begun to express grave frustration with the utility company, with Govern Gavin Newsom repeatedly denouncing the way PG&E has handled these outages at a press conference in Santa Rosa yesterday. Here are home Mendocino County CEO Carmel Angelo, "PGE is creating a public health emergency for the people in Northern California. Something MUST be done before someone dies due to PSPS."

Said Supervisor John McCowen, "I know this is an ordeal for many, I honestly am so frustrated by this imposed emergency that I have tears in my eyes as I am typing this."

In a brief statement via text, Supervisor Ted Williams said, "The response from PG&E is changing but the bottom line is we expected a discussion about whether shareholders or ratepayers would absorb the risk and it seems PG&E found a third option, the counties. Our county can't afford this problem, not in mitigation or the staff time it's sucking up."

Here is Carmel Angelo's statement:

I don’t believe anything PGE reports right now. Everything they told us was inaccurate. They have good staff (Alison Talbot) as liaisons but they don’t empower or inform their liaisons. PGE is creating a public health emergency for the people in Northern California. Something MUST be done before someone dies due to PSPS.

Mendocino County CEO Carmel Angelo from social medial

This morning District 5 Supervisor Ted Williams wrote the following:

Tuesday morning: Zero county residents were restored between PSPS events. Faulty and ambiguous information has continued to flow from the utility. My current guestimate for restoration is Thursday with potential for further delay. Fire weather will shift when rain begins, which probably won't happen until temperatures rise and this isn't in the ten day forecast.

An AT&T field contact confirmed our landline concern was heard with top down support for deploying generators and increased refueling efforts. Long fuel lines were sighted as impeding AT&T. Carmel Angelo, can we ask Sheriff Allman and PDs to assist telecom trucks to the front of the fuel line? (Bernie Norvell, Jessica Morsell-Haye) Please remember, no matter the distaste for the shut-off, field workers are on our side, here to make the situation better. Let's support them the best we can. Little River received a telecom generator (photo credit Mitchell Sprague) and Shai Larsen reported her Albion Ridge landline working.

Update: 13 more generators were deployed on the coast with 16 more in route on trailers today. AT&T crews report being directed to the front of fuel lines.

While some of us have been in discomfort without hot showers, folks on the street have experienced plummeting overnight temperatures. I spoke with Health and Human Services Director Tammy Moss-Chandler last night about shelter status. The extreme weather shelters were not open, but every attempt is being made to adjust the opening schedule to get vulnerable humans out of the cold. The Ukiah shelter requires electricity for the sanitation infrastructure, a detail we will need to revisit post PSPS. We've asked the Hospitality House to open early in Fort Bragg.
County CEO Carmel Angelo offered choice words this morning "I don’t believe anything PGE reports right now. Everything they told us was inaccurate. They have good staff (Alison Talbot) as liaisons but they don’t empower or inform their liaisons. PGE is creating a public health emergency for the people in Northern California. Something MUST be done before someone dies due to PSPS."

John Redding shared a reality check regarding notices received by Coast Hospital "The power at the hospital has not been restored, despite information from PG&E that it would be turned on at 4:30 am. Same bad information as Harvest received. Latest estimate, for what its worth, is Thursday. Please note that the Emergency Room is open and some surgeries are being done but the Clinic and Immediate Care are not b/c those don't have a generator."

The Burris Fire is now 65% contained, held at 350 acres with evacuation warnings remaining. The East Fire near Willits burned a structure and 1/8 of an acre. The Kincade fire raging in Sonoma County was last reported at 75k acres, 124 structures destroyed, many evacuations remaining in preparation for significant wind. Containment is at 15%. Increased winds are expected by day-break. Critical fire danger weather from 6 pm Tuesday to 11 am Wednesday, with gusts in hills between 40-60 mph, valley 25-40 mph.

Schools remain closed. Lack of communication to schools has made advance cancellation notices difficult. The County will work with schools, but our staff hasn't had definitive details either.

Little River Airport will have no service after a few more hours when Diesel fuel for the generator runs out. I’m seeing what can be done. DOT is active on it thanks to the report from Dave Thorpe.

Jessica Morsell-Haye offered an update on Fort Bragg services. City Hall will continue to allow charging and water bottles fill during business hours. PD lobby will remain open 24 hours a day as long as the power is out. CRC at CV Starr is open 8am-8pm.

Please continue to send notes to include in our post-PSPS formal complaint. The CPUC is feeling pressure and it's incumbent upon us to better demonstrate the impacts on rural residents.
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I'll edit this post with additional details as morning progresses...

Mendocino County Supervisor Ted Williams from social media

He also noted:

Mendocino County has been documenting its experience with PSPS.

The Governor’s Office announced today the allocation of $75 million one-time General Fund, which was appropriated in the 2019-20 Budget Act to support state and local government efforts to protect public safety, vulnerable populations and individuals and improve resiliency in response to utility-led PSPS actions. Half of the funds will be allocated to local governments, $37.5 million to cities and counties, with $26 million specific to counties. At least $150,000 will be awarded to all 58 counties, with additional funding to individual counties based on county size and experience with PSPS.

Mendocino Supervisor Ted Williams from social media

The City of Ukiah put out this press release:

CITY OF UKIAH PSPS UPDATE: ALL OF MENDOCINO COUNTY SUBJECT TO PROLONGED PSPS EVENT
 
Ukiah, CA. October 29, 2019, 8:45 am – All of Mendocino County is current affected by a second PG&E PSPS event, having never been re-energized after the first event.  Residents should prepare for a continued and prolonged power outage.  PG&E is forecasting the “weather all clear” for 8:00 am Wednesday, October 30, at which time they will begin inspection and re-energization efforts.
 
Information from PG&E has been inconsistent and unreliable. While the City continues to pass on information as it is received, we appreciate the frustration with the lack of detail regarding power restoration.  Please be assured that City and County staff are working around the clock to keep other essential services operating while pressuring PG&E for information and expedited restoration.

The Ukiah Civic Center lobby at 300 Seminary Avenue is open to the public for device charging between 8:00 am and 9:00 pm.  Public restrooms, coffee and water are also available. Please note that public wifi is not available at this location. 

Within the city limits, water, sewer, and garbage services continue to operate normally.  Additionally, Ukiah Police Department and Ukiah Valley Fire Authority have the resources that they need to respond to the safety needs of the community. 

Inoperative traffic signals caused by the power outage need to be treated as an all-way stop. The City of Ukiah urges the community to drive slowly and carefully.

Please follow the City of Ukiah’s Facebook page for the most up-to-date info: https://www.facebook.com/cityofukiah/.  Alternatively, residents may call (707) 463-6288.

911 should only be used for emergencies.
For more information, please contact: Shannon Riley, Deputy City Manager at sriley@cityofukiah.com.

Here is John McCowen's statement"

10/29/19 1:30pm update:
Assuming the weather all clear is issued at 8:00am 10/30 they project power will be restored by sundown FRIDAY. They say they have inspected the distribution lines in Mendocino County but their is currently no transmission line that has been cleared for re-energization. No one in Mendocino County currently without power will be re-energized today.
The Community Resource Center (CRC) on N. State is status quo with charging stations, coffee, water and snacks. New CRCs are being opened in other counties and they say they are resupplying existing ones but I will be surprised if any significant supplies show up here. They say they will be supplying blankets and food tomorrow in some areas but it's not possible to say if that will occur here.
Please remember that the PG&E employees and contractors in the field are not the cause of this event and are working hard to help us get through this. Please do not take your frustrations out on people who are only doing their job. Same goes for the people at the CRCs.
PG&E is attempting to deal with site specific issues related to needs for generators, oxygen, and other critical needs, but I expect that effort will be sporadic at best. Lake County Under Sheriff has just requested a county by county plan or status update for all the requests for specific assistance. He also expressed frustration at lack of any follow through for previous requests for information. Virtually all info has been inconsistent and inaccurate.
Quote of the day from the caller who followed the Under Sheriff: "I just want to echo the frustration of having an update with no update."
Again, bottom line is power will be out all day today, all day Wednesday, quite possibly all day Thursday, with restoration occurring Friday by sundown. I know this is an ordeal for many, I honestly am so frustrated by this imposed emergency that I have tears in my eyes as I am typing this. Continue supporting each other as we get through this together.

Supervisor John McCowen from social media

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Most of Mendocino County and parts of 28 other counties facing continued power shut-offs through Wednesday (updated 10pm) https://www.mendovoice.com/2019/10/pge-begins-power-restoration-work-in-mendocino-some-will-again-lose-power-tuesday/ https://www.mendovoice.com/2019/10/pge-begins-power-restoration-work-in-mendocino-some-will-again-lose-power-tuesday/#comments Mon, 28 Oct 2019 21:47:24 +0000 https://www.mendovoice.com/?p=254581 Some places may find themselves trick-or-treating in the dark.

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UPDATE 10/29/19, 3:00 p.m. -- Here is our latest:

UPDATE 10:00 p.m. — Another county-wide power shut-off is expected to begin at tomorrow and last until mid-day on Wednesday, October 30, the County of Mendocino announced at 7 p.m. this evening (see below). The county has stated that the "footprint" of this upcoming power shut-off will be the same as the previous one, meaning all PG&E customers in Mendocino County. Once PG&E declares the "all clear" for the upcoming power shut-off "event," the company will begin to inspect and repair their equipment prior to re-energizing the lines, which could be up to 48 hours or more, depending on the extent of the damaged equipment. The company has stated they have already found significant damages to their equipment while inspecting after the winds of the last several days.

A total of 29 counties, and up to 605,000 customers, will be part of this next power shut-off across California, which in Mendocino County is all of the utility company's customers. Here's is a map provided by Mendocino county of the planned power shut-off footprint. The current timeline means that PG&E customers in Mendocino County are likely to remain without power until sometime between Wednesday, October 30 at the very earliest, until November 1 or even later, depending on the extent of the repairs, daylight hours, and workers in the field.

Previously, PG&E stated that some customers in Mendocino might have their power temporarily restored at some point today, prior to the upcoming shut-off, and customers were urged to charge when they could. However, as of 10 p.m. on Monday evening, while we have heard reports of PG&E's visual inspections occurring, we have heard of no reports of any customer in Mendocino County having power restored. If you have any information otherwise, let us know in the comments. For most of Mendocino County, although this is referred to as two planned power shut-off "events," PG&E customers can expect to be continuously without power since Saturday evening through Wednesday or even Friday.

As of 5 p.m Monday, according to a press release, PG&E had restored power to more than 325,000 California customers. However, at that time the company also had yet to inspect "32,000 miles of the electric system before fully restoring power—longer than the circumference of the Earth."

Information about customer charging stations in Ukiah, Potter Valley, and Fort Bragg is included in the article below. County offices will be open regular business hours, and charging and bathrooms are also available at the Willits Community Center and the Ukiah Valley Conference Center during regular business hours. The County has put together an power shut-off information page, and if you scroll down to "Additional Resources," you can find lists of businesses, gas stations, grocery stores, and more that are expected to remain open.

The Mendocino College and Ukiah Unified Schools remain closed during the power shut-offs; check with Mendocino County of Education for individual districts.

The Mendocino Voice will also updating on our Twitter, and Facebook page with videos, photos, and places to share information about what is open. Keep in mind that many locations may not be able to take credit or debit cards, or may not be receiving their usual deliveries, and be prepared for long lines.

Here's the full press release from Mendocino County, our previous updates can be found below:

Update on PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff for the October 26 and 29 Events
Post Date:10/28/2019 7:00 PM

The County of Mendocino is currently monitoring the scope of two Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events in Mendocino County. These events are very dynamic, and the County is dependent on PG&E to provide accurate, updated information that can be shared with the public.
On October 28, 2019 at 6:00 AM, PG&E announced that the areas within the scope of the PSPS event for Mendocino County are “all clear” of the weather event and PG&E staff began line inspections for re-energization. Due to significant damage to two major PG&E transmission lines, that feed Mendocino County, restoration has not been achieved and tomorrow the County will be moving into a new PSPS event. Outages will continue tomorrow as part of the October 29 PSPS event. The PG&E PSPS footprint for October 29 may be the same as the October 26 event resulting in continued power outages county-wide. The weather event is estimated to conclude at 8:00 am on Wednesday, October 30, after which lines will be inspected for safety and then re-energized. Customers may be briefly re-energized between now and 10:00 pm, however it is likely the power will go out again the morning of October 29. The County will release any updated information on the power outages and re-energization timelines as they become available.
For more information, please contact the Executive Office at 707-234-6030. For updated County information on the public safety power shut off, please visit www.mendocinocounty.org/psps or follow the County on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mendocinocounty and twitter https://twitter.com/countymendocino.

UPDATE 5:30 p.m. — PG&E has released new information concerning the upcoming power shut-off beginning on Tuesday morning, and will be holding a press conference at 5:30 p.m, viewable on their Twitter. The Willits city manager confirmed that PG&E has informed Willits city officials that this upcoming power shut-off will have the same footprint and the last one, and the city will remain in the dark if power is not (temporarily) restored this evening — which is likely true for many portions of Mendocino County that are still without power. The company has been sending notifications to customers who are expected to be shut-off (still, or again) starting tomorrow.

PG&E has stated that inspections have uncovered significant damage on their equipment due to wind across Northern California and in Mendocino specifically, delaying plans for re-energizing this afternoon. However, PG&E has begun to restore power to other parts of California as of this morning.

The shut-off beginning Tuesday morning, October 29, is expected to last at least 24 hours, and then inspecting and re-energzing the lines may take up to 48 hours. The full PG&E press release from 5 p.m. today can be read below, and our article from this mornings below that.

Safety Inspections, Restoration Work Underway for All Counties Impacted by Oct. 26 Historic Wind Event

Power Restored to 325,000 Customers of 970,000 Impacted by Safety Shutoff

For Wind Event Starting Tuesday, Oct. 29, PG&E Moving Forward with Public Safety Power Shutoff for 605,000 Customers

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) continues to restore customers impacted by the Oct. 26 Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS), as it works to prepare for an additional shutoff planned to begin Tuesday, Oct. 29.

Updates on Oct. 26 PSPS:

As of 4:30 p.m. today, more than 325,000 customers had been restored.

Crews have been inspecting de-energized lines and repairing wind-related damage since receiving the all-clear Monday morning.

PG&E so far has more than 20 preliminary reports of damage on its system during the extreme wind.

PG&E needs to inspect more than 32,000 miles of the electric system before fully restoring power—longer than the circumference of the Earth. Restoration will occur in stages depending on inspections and any repairs of wind damage to the electric system.

More than 6,300 on-the-ground field personnel are available, as well as 46 helicopters. Helicopter inspections may be impacted by firefighting efforts in some areas. 

To assist in the restoration process, PG&E has requested mutual aid of 1,000 workers from other energy companies.

A total of approximately 970,000 customers in portions of the following 37 counties were impacted by shutoffs during this historic weather event: Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Madera, Marin, Mariposa, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, San Benito, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne, Yolo and Yuba.

In addition, approximately 100,000 customers lost power due to wind-related outages on the system in areas that were not de-energized. Of those customers, about 65,000 had been restored as of 4 p.m. today.

Updates on PSPS Scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 29

As a precautionary measure to reduce wildfire risk during the next severe and widespread wind event in the forecast for Tuesday, Oct. 29 and Wednesday, Oct. 30, PG&E confirmed Monday that it will implement a PSPS in portions of 29 counties, affecting electric service for up to 605,000 customers.

Portions of the following counties are currently expected to be impacted: Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Humboldt, Kern, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne, Yolo and Yuba.

The severe wind event is expected to start Tuesday morning in the North Valley, North Bay and Sierra Foothills; Tuesday afternoon in the southern Sierra Foothills; Tuesday evening in Kern County; and very early Wednesday in the Bay Area. The weather should clear in all areas by mid-day Wednesday.

Important Advisory

It is possible that customers impacted by the Oct. 26 PSPS could be part of the Oct. 29 shutoff. It’s also possible that power restoration for some customers impacted by the Oct. 26 shutoff will not be complete before the next safety shutoff must begin. 

PG&E will continue working to reduce the scope of this next event. For customers who are restored between events, PG&E urges them to use the time to charge any medical equipment, phones and other electronic devices and restock emergency kits. 

Customer Notifications
PG&E has notified customers who could potentially be affected by the next PSPS event via text, email and automated phone calls. 

Customers enrolled in the company’s Medical Baseline program who do not verify that they have received these important safety communications will be individually visited by a PG&E employee when possible. A primary focus will be given to those customers who rely on electricity for critical life-sustaining equipment.


Community Resource Centers 
PG&E has opened Community Resource Centers in several locations. These centers will be open during daylight hours, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., until power has been restored. Restrooms, bottled water, electronic-device charging and air-conditioned seating for up to 100 will be available at each of these facilities. Locations of these centers are listed at www.pge.com/pspsupdates.

10/28/19 -- Pacific Gas & Electric sounded the "all clear" this morning at 6 a.m., meaning that the worst of the big winds had past and it was then safe to begin the work of inspecting power lines, making repairs, and then re-energizing. The restoration of power will move roughly from north to south and could take up to 48 hours, though large parts of Humboldt County have had power restored.

PG&E also plans to preform yet another preventative power shut-off, beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, around midday. They claim that the affected areas will be smaller this time, but have so far been notoriously inaccurate about the scope and time of their planned power shut-offs. It is entirely possible that substantial parts of Mendocino County will have to remain in the dark through the end of this new planned outage, which the company calls a "public safety power shut-off" (PSPS).

This next next "wind event" is supposed to last from the afternoon of Tuesday Oct. 29, through the morning of Wednesday Oct. 30, with power restoration occurring up to 48 hours after that on Nov. 1. At the very least we may be looking at a spookier than normal Halloween.

Supervisor John McCowen made a statement on Facebook today saying that re-energization is proceeding very slowly and that the grid suffered substantial damage. (Read his statement below)

Willits City Hall will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with places to charge phones and water. PG&E also has a resource center set up on North State Street in Ukiah, along the east side of the road, just north of the northern on ramp to the 101. We've also set up a Facebook thread where people are self reporting which businesses are open. Among others, the Adventist Health hospitals in Ukiah and Willits are open, including the Roots Restaurant at Howard Memorial. Costco, Home Depot, Friedmans, and Walmart, as well as a Cultivo, Black Oak Cafe, Slamdunk Pizza and many other locations have some kind of operations. Check this thread for more:

Here is the statement from Supervisor McCowen:

10/28/19 1:30pm update
There is no estimated time for restoration from the 10/26 PSPS event. Despite the 6:00am today all clear, re-energization is proceeding very slowly, moving from north to south.


The system sustained 'substantial damage' and affected circuit segments need to be identified, isolated and repaired. PG&E says they have 47 helicopters and 6,345 personnel working on re-energization, including 3,600 transmission and distribution line workers and 2,700 vegetation management workers.


The 10/29 PSPS (tomorrow!) is expected to start a bit later than originally forecast and to be less extensive than originally expected. However, these changes are causing a delay in pushing out info since they are reassessing the areas that will be shut down.


As of 1:15pm today they are unable to say who is in and who is out.
The Community Resort Centers are all expected to be operational. The N. State St. CRC has numerous charging stations and was being heavily used when I was there this morning. Water and snacks were also available but no battery packs, flashlights or other resources that ran out yesterday. On site personnel were expecting resupply but had no


Obviously, this is much bigger than Mendocino County with close to a million customers impacted, including approx. 6,000 critical facilities and 40,000 medical baseline customers. Also, 55 Tribes are impacted.
As usual, PG&E is struggling to provide accurate and timely information. The current estimate for re-energization from the 10/26 event is 'within 48 hours" from the 6:00am today (10/28) weather all clear. Got that? We will be reenergized no later than 6:00am 10/30. Meanwhile they expect a new PSPS shutdown to start on 10/29 but as of now can't say when it will start or who will be included.


I spoke with Senator McGuire this morning and we are in agreement that the PSPS program needs to be reevaluated. This will be a multi-faceted discussion but the public is not well served by the present system and what appears to be the systemic ineptitude of the PG&E braintrust.
Bottom line, PG&E is unable to say who is in and who is out so everyone who was included in this current PSPS event should plan to be in the 10/29 PSPS event.
Will provide further updates as soon as I have anything new to report

John McCowen from Facebook

Here is the press release from the County of Mendocino:

Ukiah, California: October 28, 2019 
Update on PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff Restoration for October 26 Event and Upcoming October 29 Event 
The County of Mendocino is currently monitoring the scope of two Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events in Mendocino County. These events are very dynamic, and the County is dependent on PG&E to provide accurate, updated information that can be shared with the public. 
October 26 Event On October 28, 2019 at 6:00 AM, PG&E announced that the areas within the scope of the PSPS event for Mendocino County are “all clear” of the weather event and PG&E staff has started line inspections for re-energization. 
PG&E is working to have power restored in portions of Mendocino County. PG&E is working on finalizing restoration timelines specific to Mendocino County. Restoration will only occur during daytime hours and may take 48 hours or more after the “all clear.” 
October 29 Event PG&E is planning to initiate a PSPS event in portions of Mendocino County tomorrow, Tuesday, October, 29, 2019. PG&E does not have a confirmed listed of affected communities, but have stated the footprint will be slightly smaller than the October 26 event. As the County receives additional information and maps from PG&E we will release updates to the public. The weather event is estimated to conclude the morning of Wednesday, October 30. 
Important Information From PG&E About Restoration 
• Restoring power 
o Before restoring power, PG&E must inspect its equipment for damage and make any necessary repairs. That process cannot begin until the severe weather event has subsided. o Given the prolonged period during which the wind event will unfold, and the large number of power line miles that will need to be inspected before restoration, customers are being asked to prepare for an extended outage. o PG&E will work with state and local agencies to provide updated restoration 
timelines following the conclusion of the severe weather event. 
• Inspection and Restoration 
501 Low Gap Rd, Rm 1010 Office: 707-463-4441 Ukiah CA 95482-3734 Fax: 707-463-5649 
o It’s important for all customers to have an emergency plan to be prepared for any 
extended outages due to extreme weather or natural disasters. o Each situation will be somewhat different, just like each day’s weather. o After the extreme weather has passed and it is safe to do so, our crews will work to visually inspect each mile of our power lines to ensure they are free from damage and safe to energize. o Inspections will take place during daylight hours and, in most cases, we would expect to be able to restore power within 24 to 48 hours after extreme weather has passed. o However, depending on weather conditions or if any repairs are needed, outages 
(weather event plus restoration time) could last longer than 48 hours. o For planning purposes, we suggest customers prepare for multiple-day outages. o Steps to restoration include: 
▪ Weather All Clear - After the extreme weather has passed and it’s safe to do so, our crews can go into the field to begin patrols and inspections. 
▪ 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. 
• At night, we can’t fly helicopters for visual inspections. 
▪ 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. 
• Where equipment damage is found, crews work safely and as quickly as possible to make repairs. 
▪ Restoration 
• Once the poles, towers and lines are deemed safe to energize, a call is made to the PG&E Control Center to complete the energization process. 
• Power is then restored to customers. 
▪ Customer Notification 
• Customers are notified that power has been restored. For more information, please contact the Executive Office at 707-234-6030. For updated County information on the public safety power shut off, please visit www.mendocinocounty.org/psps or follow the County on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mendocinocounty and twitter https://twitter.com/countymendocino.

From PG&E:

PG&E is Monitoring a Third Consecutive Severe Wind Event for Tuesday and Wednesday that Could Impact Nearly 32 Counties Across Northern and Central California

Northern Operative Predictive Services Issued High Risk of Significant Fires in Area Covering PG&E Service Area

PG&E’s Emergency Operations Center Continues to Be Open and Is Monitoring the Situation

Some Customers May Experience Continuous Outages

PG&E Community Resource Centers in Key Areas to Remain Open

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced today that its meteorological and operations teams in its Emergency Operations Center continue to monitor a new, potentially widespread, strong and dry wind event forecasted for Tuesday morning through midday Wednesday for Northern California. The weather system is forecast to impact Kern County late Tuesday night through Thursday morning.


 

Potential Tuesday/Wednesday Public Safety Power Shutoff

The event will impact approximately 32 counties across the Northern and Southern Sierra, North Bay, Bay Area and Santa Cruz mountains, North Coast and Kern County. This weather event is a separate system from the one that triggered the October 26 Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) event that is still active. This is the third consecutive significant wind event in a week’s time.
 
In response to this anticipated event, Northern Operative Predictive Services has issued a high risk of significant fires for a geographical footprint that covers much of PG&E’s service area. The National Interagency Fire Center’s Geographic Area Coordination Center is also forecasting significant fire potential across Northern California beginning on Tuesday of this week.
 
Potential Impact

Due to the forecasted extreme weather conditions, PG&E is considering proactively turning off power for safety. Portions of counties that may be impacted include, but are not limited to: Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Glenn, Humboldt, Kern, Lake, Marin, Mariposa, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne, Yolo, Yuba.
 
It is important to know that while customers in portions of these counties may be impacted by PSPS, all customers need to be prepared for potential outages due to equipment damage, hazards and continuously evolving weather.
 
Potential PSPS Timing

The period of weather risk starts Tuesday and continues through Thursday morning. The dry, windy weather pattern is expected to reach from the northern portions of PG&E’s service territory and down through the Sacramento Valley, before spreading into the central areas of the state, including the Bay Area.
 
PG&E will make every effort to restore power to as many customers as possible who are currently out of power due to the Oct. 26 PSPS event. However, due to the dynamic and changing weather conditions, and high fire risk, some customers who are currently out of power may remain out throughout the duration of the next potential PSPS event.
 
For those customers able to have their power restored between events, PG&E urges them to use the opportunity to charge any medical equipment, phones and other electronic devices and restock emergency kits.
 
Some customers may continue to be impacted by the PSPS event, while others may experience power outages due to weather damage to the electric system.
 
PG&E will continue to monitor weather conditions and will be providing additional information regarding affected areas.

PG&E Community Resource Centers

PG&E will provide Community Resource Centers in key areas that may have continuing impacts due to the Oct. 26 PSPS event and the potential new event. To view the current list, click here.

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PG&E plans to shut off power to Potter Valley, far southeast Mendocino County (updated 10/22) https://www.mendovoice.com/2019/10/pge-plans-to-shut-off-power-to-potter-valley-far-southeast-mendocino-county/ https://www.mendovoice.com/2019/10/pge-plans-to-shut-off-power-to-potter-valley-far-southeast-mendocino-county/#comments Mon, 21 Oct 2019 23:27:52 +0000 https://www.mendovoice.com/?p=250733 Get ready for the new normal.

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UPDATE 10/22/19 -- Here is our latest from today:

UPDATE 5:45 p.m. -- PG&E has issued a new press release in which, much like last time around, they list information which seems to contradict other information put out by reliable sources. Their statement includes Fort Bragg, Hopland, Redwood Valley, and Ukiah as areas where they may shut-off the power, but this directly contradicts the map released by the County of Mendocino. State wide 201,000 customers are expected to have their power cut and PG&E is now saying that 862 customers will lose power, and that most of them have been notified. In Mendocino 30 of these customers are "medical baseline," meaning they depend on electricity for such medical needs as oxygen.

A similar thing happened last time, a couple weeks ago, where in the days before the power was actually turned off PG&E over-represented the extent of the outage, leading people across the county to stock up on supplies and otherwise prepare for an outage that never came.

Reached by phone Supervisor Ted Williams explained that he cannot explain the discrepancy but added, "It looks like a repeat of last time, with just as much margin of error as last time."

A fire weather watch has been issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) out of Eureka, for much of Mendocino County as is visible below:

Fire weather watch issued by NWS

And here is the map of the places expected to lose power in Mendo:

Areas expected to have the power shut off in orange.
ORIGINAL

MENDOCINO Co., 10/21/19 -- Pacific Gas & Electric announced last night that they were considering shutting off power, once more, in parts of Northern California in anticipation of inclement fire weather. Now the County of Mendocino has released a map showing exactly the areas of Mendocino County that are expected to have their power turned off: most of Potter Valley, and a sliver of the far southeast corner of the county along the Mendo-Sonoma line.

Again, none of this is definitive and PG&E has not be transparent in explaining precisely how they make the decision to shut off power, or when (an article in the San Francisco Chronicle from yesterday announced that the decision ultimately rests with just three execs at the company), but right now the utility company is planning to cut power at 2 p.m. Wednesday, and hopes to call the all clear at 5 p.m. Thursday.

PG&E is saying that they expect to cut power to about 1,000 customers in Mendocino County. The company counts customers, meaning households or business, not people, so 1,000 customers will be a few thousand people -- during the outage a couple weeks ago power was cut to over 700,000 customers, meaning nearly 2 million Californians were left without power, and this time PG&E is planning to cut power to only 200,000 customers.

Here's the press release from the County, and a detailed PDF map below:

Ukiah, California: October 21, 2019 
Potential PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff Scheduled for October 23, 2019 through October 24, 2019 
The County of Mendocino has been notified by Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) that power may be turned off in our area due to red flag fire hazard conditions. At this time, 15 counties and approximately 219,000 customers are anticipated to be effected, including portions of Mendocino County. At this time, potentially affected areas include Potter Valley and southeastern Mendocino County near the Mendocino/Sonoma County line. A preliminary PG&E map is attached. PG&E estimates that less than 1,000 customers in Mendocino County will lose power. This information continues to evolve and could change prior to the scheduled event. 
The potential power shut off will be in three time periods: 
• Period 1 – Sierra Area: 10/23/19-10/24/19 – 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm 
• Period 2 – North Bay Area (Including Mendocino): 10/23/19-10/24/19 – 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm 
• Period 3 – San Mateo Area: 10/24/19 
Residents should be prepared with food, water, and any other necessary supplies for this potential extended outage. Residents can visit the County of Mendocino’s website www.mendocinocounty.org/community/public-safety-power-shutoff and PG&E’s website www.pge.com for power outage information, preparedness tips, lists of markets, grocery stores and fueling stations that may be open during the outage in your area. More information will be forthcoming as Mendocino County receives updates from PG&E. 
For more information, please contact the Executive Office at 707-463-4441. 
Released by
Carmel J. Angelo Chief Executive Officer

County of Mendocino
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Here is our reporting from last night:

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Crowdfunding campaign launched for Kidovation Zone after building burns https://www.mendovoice.com/2019/10/crowdfunding-campaign-launched-for-kidovation-zone-after-building-burns/ https://www.mendovoice.com/2019/10/crowdfunding-campaign-launched-for-kidovation-zone-after-building-burns/#respond Sun, 20 Oct 2019 04:22:49 +0000 https://www.mendovoice.com/?p=249808 The Ukiah business caught fire Friday evening.

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MENDOCINO Co., 10/19/19 — A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to help the owners of a Ukiah children's entertainment center, after the business burned down late Friday evening. The Kidovation Zone, located on South State Street, caught fire around 10 p.m. on October 18, and despite a rapid response from a number of local fire departments, the building suffered substantial damage.

The fire at the beloved children's play center began after the business was closed for the day, and no one was reported to be in the building; fire officials have not yet released information concerning the cause of the fire. In a Facebook post, the owners noted that are "were still in shock." There is a GoFundMe to help with recovery efforts that has been set up at this link. There will also be a place to bring cash donations at Slam Dunk Pizza starting Sunday.

Kidovation Zone, owned by Amanda Trouette and Orion Walker, has been open less than two years, and many local families have noted that the loss of the business follows the closure of the Yokayo Bowling Center and the skating rink, all popular family activities in Ukiah.

The Ukiah Valley Fire Authority shared photos of the fire on Facebook the following morning. On Saturday evening, there appeared to be a brief flare up at the same location, which firefighters quickly got under control.

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CalFresh offers reimbursements for people who faced power shutdowns; reimbursements from PG&E less likely https://www.mendovoice.com/2019/10/calfresh-offers-reimbursements-for-people-who-faced-power-shutdowns-reimbursements-from-pge-less-likely/ https://www.mendovoice.com/2019/10/calfresh-offers-reimbursements-for-people-who-faced-power-shutdowns-reimbursements-from-pge-less-likely/#respond Sun, 13 Oct 2019 02:33:05 +0000 https://www.mendovoice.com/?p=246156 Here's how to file a claim.

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MENDOCINO Co., 10/12/19 — People who experienced power shutdowns by PG&E over the last week and who receive CalFresh/EBT benefits can apply for reimbursements for food that was spoiled due to the shutoffs, the California Health and Human Services Agency announced on Friday. PG&E has stated that they do not plan to reimburse customers for losses entailed during the outages.

PG&E first reported that all customers in Mendocino County had their power restored by 4:30 p.m. Friday, according to a press release from Mendocino County, although it was not entirely clear if all customers had been fully restored by that time. PG&E's official numbers say 6,401 customers in Mendocino County had their power shutdown, including 214 "medical baseline customers," who rely on electricity for life-saving medical devices.

People who receive CalFresh benefits can apply for the reimursement for up to 10 days after the food was lost, and are advised to contact their local county offices to file the claim; details can be found here. Mendocino County's offices for CalFresh benefits are at located at 737 S. State Street in Ukiah and at 764 S. Franklin Street in Fort Bragg.

PG&E also has a website which provides an avenue for customers to file a claim for damages due to a loss of power, which can be found here. However, officials from the company stated on numerous occasions prior to the implementation of the shutdown that customers would not be reimbursed for lost food or materials, lost wages or business, costs of back-up power, or other financial hardships related to the power shutdowns. The utility company has stated that customers will not be billed for power during the time their power was shut down.

PG&E management faced repeated questions as to whether the company had considered providing financial compensation or material assistance to customers and businesses facing losses due to the power shutdowns, during a press conference on Thursday evening, with one reporter putting losses at an estimated $2.6 billion over the last week. In response, PG&E CEO Bill Johnson stated that he had not considered that previously but would think about it in the future.

People who suffered losses from the 2017 fires, however, can apply for additional assistance from a special PG&E funded program.

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