KBUU Newswire – Day 441 Fri Jan 24 – City Works On Fire, Evac Plans – State Demands To Know If SCE Execs Get Bonuses At Expense Of Power Pole Safety
Written by 991KBU on January 24, 2020
- = The city has a better emergency evacuation plan … but the LAPD is missing.
- = And the city is starting efforts for a Community Wildfire Protection Plan
- = The state wants to know how much Edison pays its bosses … and if they bonuses for profits instead of safety.
- = California legislators have had it with phones and internet failing in wildfires.
- = And the population of monarch butterflies has dropped 99 percent … but is just hanging in there.
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Malibu does not have a plan for wildfire protection … never has.
Nor does it have a finalized evacuation plan.
The Woolsey Fire laid those shortcomings bare.
And it has taken much of a year to fix that.
First … wildfire protection.
The City of Malibu is drawing up a citywide Community Wildfire Protection Plan.
The plan will be a community-based plan focused on identifying and addressing local hazards, risks and vulnerabilities from wildfire.
And the city now has a plan… a comprehensive document that calls for specific action to speed traffic out of Malibu and into Santa Monica in the inevitable next disaster.
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The state legislature has demanded that Southern California Edison turn over precise data on just exactly how much its executives are paid … in salary and bonuses.
And the California Public Utilities Commission yesterday asked the utility to come up with those pay stubs … by Monday.
KBUU News has obtained a letter sent by the California Public Utilities Commission … demanding that Edison reveal its executive pay stubs by next Monday.
The letter was sent last week.
The state is demanding to know what kind of bonuses the power company executives get … and whether those bonuses are tied to stock price … or safety metrics.
In other words … are the power company company bosses shafting the public by tying executive pay to profits … instead of investing in safety.
This comes as Southern California Edison is believed responsible for fires that have destroyed thousands of homes … and killed around 25 people … in the local area over the last three years.
And the state legislature is looking at putting big fines on the power company for those intentional blackouts … like the ones that hit Malibu last fall.
A state senator says the power companies have all the economic incentive in the world to flip off the power … to protect themselves from liability … when the winds get strong.
But they have zero financial incentive to keep the lights on reasonably … during winds that hit California regularly … and always have.
State Sen. Scott Wiener is a a Democrat from San Francisco.
And he tells the San Francisco Chronicle that he designed his bill to act as an incentive for utility companies to have smaller, more targeted blackouts.
His bill would require investor-owned utilities to reimburse customers and local governments for some costs associated with blackouts.
It would require an electric company’s shareholders — not its customers — to put money into a fund to reimburse customers within two weeks of a blackout.
It would also ban electric companies from raising rates to cover losses from a blackout.
That story is based on reporting in the San Francisco Chronicle.
And other state legislators are working on the issue of cellphones and landlines conking out during power outages.
That also happened last fall here in malibu.
The California Public Utilities Commission is now looking at what measures are needed before, during and after emergencies, including potential new rules for backup power.
The big telecommunications industry opposes that. , with possible “fines and citations with noncompliance to our orders.” It will also consider what and when emergency responders should be told about critical outages.
Two representatives have introduced a bill that would require companies to have 72 hours of backup power at cell towers in high fire-risk zones.
Generators … batteries … or mobile trucks.
One representative reminded reporters that the telecom representatives assured them that thousands of cell towers going down due to the lack of power, wouldn’t happen.
But that is exactly what happened last fall.
The bill “isn’t about checking your Facebook status. It’s about life and death and making sure Californians have a lifeline in their greatest time of need.”
In filings this week, AT&T and the California Cable & Telecommunications Association said they wanted to work to make the network more resilient in disasters.
But AT&T urged regulators to decide what that means: Being able to make a call? Send a text? Load data to check emergency alerts? Or service comparable to everyday conditions?
The industry association said there are “significant, real-world challenges” like safety and environmental risks with installing gas-powered generators, as well as community opposition.
Again … this story is based on reporting in the San Francisco Chronicle.
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