Lauren Gill, however, was at her Town Hall desk, where she had been since 2:30 a.m., when the choking smoke woke her up. It was her last day as Paradise town manager, her official retirement scheduled for the next day. But with nothing else to do, Gill said she drove into the office in the dark. It had been a tough week — temperatures lingered in the triple digits and PG&E had cut power Monday evening. … [Read more...] about Explosive blaze kills three in Butte County, destroys 2,000 structures
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The head of California’s primary electric grid manager warned that rolling blackouts were in store Monday but later said they were not needed. Grid managers blamed the power shortage on several factors, with the extreme and widespread nature of the heat wave being most decisive, forcing broiling households to crank up energy-sapping air conditioners. … [Read more...] about ‘It all depends on where the lightning strikes’: Fires in Alameda, Contra Costa, Napa counties prompt evacuations
Fire crews had almost fully beaten back the CZU, LNU and SCU complex blazes when the latest threats roared in during Labor Day weekend. Once again, Californians in threatened towns were ordered to leave their homes and rush to safety as extreme winds and punishing heat drove existing fires and fueled new ones. … [Read more...] about Wildfires ravage Northern California, new evacuations ordered
Proponents of ending the long-running measure claim it improperly favors the wealthy while hurting the poor and socially marginalized. Opponents argue that it only causes crime to spike as perpetrators are immediately allowed back out with little repercussion – citing New York's spike in violent crime as a consequence of zero bail reform mandates that came into effect in January. … [Read more...] about Could California’s policies work on a federal scale under a Biden-Harris administration?