PG&E instituted the precautionary outages to prevent its equipment from starting wildfires in October 2018, a year after some of its power lines were blamed for the devastating Wine Country wildfires. Bill Johnson, then the company’s CEO, told state regulators last year that his company is working to make forced power outages unnecessary, but the goal could take a decade to accomplish. … [Read more...] about PG&E power shut-offs: Here’s what you need to know and what’s new in 2020
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College football fans have eagerly awaited the sport's resumption, even as it was fair to wonder about the quality of play. Spring ball was canceled and training camps shortened because of the pandemic, so teams began with less preparation than in typical years. Navy Coach Ken Niumatalolo repeatedly talked about safety precautions that severely altered practices. Members of the coaching staff were concerned about entering Monday's game after mostly avoiding live tackling and blocking, but Niumatalolo made the decision to err on the side of safety. … [Read more...] about Mids are overmatched in a quiet season opener
• Moving goods from ship to truck to warehouse accounts for nearly a third of California’s economy, but about half of its air pollution. A pair of rules adopted by the state Air Resources Board seeks to cut thousands of tons of this kind of pollution in nearby communities CalMatters’ Rachel Becker writes. … [Read more...] about MicroClimates: Fighting global warming from home
One honor Knight finds most meaningful is an NAACP History Maker Award for his police-brutality cartoons - included in such one-man slide-show presentations as "They Shoot Black People, Don't They?" - that use humor to spark dialogue about racism. In one "K Chronicles" strip about violent force, a White officer tells a Black character that he could avoid such "situations if you would just lighten up!!" The cartoonist says "Woke" takes a similar approach, combining the serious and the absurd. … [Read more...] about Keith Knight’s show ‘Woke’ feels right on time. But he’s been drawing about police brutality for decades.
To improve fire safety shut-offs this year, PG&E said it installed nearly 600 devices that allow the company to shut down more narrow portions of the grid. And for some of its larger transmission lines — the ones supported by tall steel towers, not wood poles — PG&E has installed 36 switches that let the company redirect power to keep the lights on in some places. … [Read more...] about New PG&E shut-offs escalate California’s record-setting wildfire season