San Francisco is not abandoning its consideration of buying Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s local power lines even though a new state wildfire law would complicate the effort if the city decides to follow through. Mayor London Breed and City Attorney Dennis Herrera sent Gov. Gavin Newsom a letter Wednesday outlining their rationale for looking at buying PG&E electric equipment serving the city and asking to meet with him soon. Also, a Board of Supervisors committee is set to hold a hearing Monday about the city’s potential shift to full-fledged public power. The advancements come despite a law Newsom signed two weeks ago that makes it harder for the city to buy PG&E equipment. While the centerpiece of the bill, AB1054, is creating a $21 billion fund to shield electric companies from future fire costs, it also requires more regulatory oversight if parts of a utility are sold — including to a local government. That provision made San Francisco’s entire … [Read more...] about San Francisco could soon make PG&E ‘attractive offer’ for power lines
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A large puddle of rainfall accumulated on Franklin Street in San Francisco on Dec. 7, 2019. A large puddle of rainfall accumulated on Franklin Street in San Francisco on Dec. 7, 2019. Photo: A. Graff Photo: A. Graff Image 1 of / 12 Caption Close Image 1 of 12 A large puddle of rainfall accumulated on Franklin Street in San Francisco on Dec. 7, 2019. A large puddle of rainfall accumulated on Franklin Street in San Francisco on Dec. 7, 2019. Photo: A. Graff When will it stop raining in the San Francisco Bay Area? 1 / 12 Back to Gallery Last month, Bay Area residents wondered when it would ever rain again. This month they're asking when it will stop. A potent winter storm packed with moisture … [Read more...] about When will it stop raining in the San Francisco Bay Area?
The power went out days after Barklee Sanders moved to San Francisco’s Treasure Island last year. Then it happened again. And again and again and again. Food in Sanders’ fridge has repeatedly spoiled because of the outages. His toilet often backs up. And the situation worsened this year: Treasure Island homes and businesses have lost electricity at least 12 times so far, more than double the number of outages in 2018 and higher than each year since 2012, according to local officials. “We all think, as residents, that it’s pretty ridiculous that we can’t have steady power in the middle of the Bay Area,” Sanders said. Leaders at the city’s Treasure Island Development Authority blame the outages largely on aging infrastructure they inherited from the Navy decades ago. The authority — not Pacific Gas and Electric Co. — is in charge of the electric grid on the island. New equipment will be installed because of a long-planned building … [Read more...] about Treasure Island keeps losing power. How will San Francisco fix it?
SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — Heavy rain Saturday afternoon caused a flash flood in San Francisco’s West Portal neighborhood and the next day, residents were digging out and wondering why the city was nowhere to be found. When the sudden deluge began, John Keoppel was eating at a restaurant on West Portal Avenue. He took a video as the street quickly became a river. “The rain was coming down harder than I can ever remember and we’ve lived in this neighborhood for 30 years,” he said. “One of the workers at the restaurant said ‘We’re in Venice!’ And it was funny until I started thinking, well, where is all this water going to go?” It flowed to the corner of Wawona Street and 15th Avenue. All that water in so short a time overwhelmed the storm drains and brought raw sewage up into a 3-foot deep toxic soup, flooding garages and the bottom floor of homes. RELATED: Storm Drenches San Francisco Neighborhoods, Damaging Several Homes … [Read more...] about Residents Of San Francisco’s West Portal Spend Day Cleaning Up After Flash Flood
Toni Gardner thought she had found her forever home. After suffering a stroke nearly three years ago, the 95-year-old became wheelchair-bound and needed more help than her children could provide. So she moved into Brookdale San Pablo, a senior assisted living center not far from where her daughter lives. Two days before Thanksgiving, Gardner learned that the center was being sold and a 60-day eviction notice was imminent. Now she is being forced to leave the home she expected to live in the rest of her life. “I thought I had been punched in the stomach,” Gardner said. Brookdale, a national corporation that operates 800 senior living facilities in 45 states, leases the San Pablo facility and notified the property owner earlier this year that it would not renew the lease. The owners say they offered cheaper rent and the option to continue the lease past its Jan. 31 expiration. When Brookdale declined, they tried unsuccessfully to find another operator and are now putting the … [Read more...] about ‘Punched in the stomach.’ San Pablo senior-assisted living facility to close