Disaster PG&E has begun cutting power across parts of Northern California. Nearly 800,000 customers will be affected -

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I feel bad for the people with medical devices and shit who need power. RIP sleep apnea boomers
The first vet clinic I worked at had a backup generator. We kept the lights off so all the power could go towards monitors, refrigerators, corpse freezer, oxygen cage, and telephones. We used camping lanterns to get around the hospital. It sucked but it kept all the sick critters going.

I am in SoCal and I'm worried we're next. No power means I don't go to work since we need power. No work means no money. I got rent and classes to pay for and my own pets to care for, can't really afford to take a paycut.

I am all for shitting on San Francisco but this time I am admittedly nervous.
 

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Proper maintenance doesn't cost that much when you hire Asplundh and tell them just go scorched earth on every right of way. No permits and have the police on standby to arrest harassers.When the Right Of Way was respected this is how it worked. We had reliable power. Don't like them cutting in the ROW then don't buy land with one on it.

Now the cost of preventive maintenance becomes an issue when every single telephone pole turns in to a Board Of Zoning meeting or court case. It becomes cheaper to just do storm resto after failures then.

Lots of new construction is underground because it makes sense to do that before the streets and sidewalks are put in.
It doesn't make any sense to do it to existing plant because it wouldn't be just moving some wires. You would have to cut up roads, sidewalks, drivways, etc. You would have to pay to reconfigure peoples homes from arial service drops to underground. In places that have winter you have to go below the frostline so now you have to get the water/gas/sewer companies involved.

And if your getting rid of telephone poles you also need to get the TelCo and CATVco to put up money to move their shit.
The copper TelCo's are all a second away from bankruptcy and Comcast couldn't give 2 shits about reliability.
Most of the cable system is from the 80's. Most of the electrical, sewage, water is older than that. The phone system might be 50 years old in the area you're at. Back before the 1990's shit varied wildly from area to area. Hell, from lineman to lineman.

I got tasked by my boss to find out what was with signal drop in a 16 square block area. Meter testing showed MASSIVE drops only fifty feet from the main repeater box. In the center I was getting signal strength that was basically passive pass-by magnetic force induction. Inspecting the area showed me that there was a MASSIVE amount of wire in the alleys and on the backs of people's houses. That was just the cable lines for the company I worked for. Dish Network and Direct TV lines were just as bad and had just made the problem worse.

See, cable companies can't touch sat-TV lines due to law or regulation or some shit. I disremember because it was like 10 years ago. But they can touch cable lines. Which means linemen from the sat-TV companies would cut our lines, not bother to cap them (causing massive EM spectrum leakage), and wire their own in. So your average house had: Dish Network cable lines. Direct-TV cable lines. The old cable lines from the local cable station. The new lines from the company I worked for. Ma-Bell telephone wiring. AT&T wiring. Fucking Sprint lines from when Sprint tried to do their own system. It was a goddamn cluster fuck.

It took three weeks to figure out who's lines were who's, which lines were dead with no signal, and have everyone who worked for companies that still existed (including the local government, who had tried to run their own internet lines and phone lines back in the day) tag their shit.

Then the work began. In order to not interrupt customer's service I had to lay out my lines first. The Direct-TV and Dish Network companies set a team each, and they went to work while I was still laying my lines. I had to add in repeaters and boosters along the lines. Wire up whole fucking apartment buildings with external lines.

That project took about a month, and I pulled out over twenty dumpsters of bad or unused cable. They put me on hourly wage instead of "by job" during this, luckily for me. Now, I couldn't bury lines because the city wasn't about to let me tear up alleys, sidewalks, people's yards, the street. Instead I had to run everything on pole-drop since the cable company I worked for wasn't about to ask property owners if they could put the repeater on their property and possibly have to rent the land. So the repeaters went on poles. I used up entire SPOOLS of cable.

And that was just to bring a 4x4 area up to "modern" standards where they were getting good enough signal strength to get the upper channels, clear phone service, and internet speeds in excess of a one-legged troll carrying the binary numbers through an underground tunnel.

And people STILL bitched about losing service for an hour or so, STILL bitched about the fact I had to go in and redo the lines inside the house, or under the house, or both.

More than once I hit live power lines that were getting power from an old tap that had been forgotten, which meant calling out the power company, which they often said "There's no tap here" until I showed it to them, then they discovered it was an old line from like 1955 that for some reason was still tied into the grid two blocks away and used to provide power to the clapboard houses that had all been replaced.

Now do that on a massive scale. Every city, every town, every gas station. Across the US. In suburbs and housing tracts that were laid down in the 80's or before. Not the houses, the original infrastructure construction.

Even with newer construction, it never failed that people would move in and have shitty service. I'd get a call, run my meters and shit, find out they've got the kind of signal you get with a nicked cable. I'd backtrack, find the line, have to fucking trace it, then just shake my head when I saw some fucking exceptional individual was putting in a lawn sprinkler system and I just *knew* he'd nicked the fucking line, because the wetbacks doing the work gave zero-fucks about not hitting lines or pipes. Or you spend two days trying to track down why a weird pattern of new houses have no internet, only to find the junction box was never wired up completely.

Another genius one was some dwonk from the power company for some reason known only to God, Jesus, and that dumb slut Eve, attached his power cabling to the TV cabling and then pulled the tv cabling through the piping to drag his power cable through PVC channel only rated for fucking tv cable, then threw all the cable in the creek, which made the county call up the company I worked for screaming about pollution, which made the company call my boss, which led to my boss screaming at me.

Which led to me getting a digital camera so I could photograph my work.

Just laying TV cable in the best of times is a pain in the ass in what's basically rural areas with jumped up villages calling themselves towns or cities that seem to be entirely comprised of village idiots.

Don't even get me started on trying to figure out how I'm going to get the old damaged cable out of the tree that has grown 20 feet since some drunken exceptional individual threw the wire through the branches in 1967, and every dipshit since then has just run more cable through the branches when the old cable snapped, because the home-owner refuses to do something about the goddamn tree or the city/county refuses to touch the poor precious tree that's been eating power and cable lines for the last 20 years because otherwise some poor Darfur war orphan will suddenly suffocate due to a lack of oxygen that would have been produced by that very tree.

Now add in the fucking eco-fags that want high speed internet and stable power and good cable and steady phone, but shit themselves whenever they see a lineman out digging something up or running pole-lines, and you've got the entire reason the goddamn infrastructure is getting worse and worse as time goes by.

For fuck's sake, on the east coast, some of the water piper is still goddamn WOOD pipes according to the class I took learning to ID different pipes.

Adding new cable that could support modern high speed internet is a nightmare.

Now...

Do it with high voltage.
 

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Most of the cable system is from the 80's. Most of the electrical, sewage, water is older than that. The phone system might be 50 years old in the area you're at. Back before the 1990's shit varied wildly from area to area. Hell, from lineman to lineman.

I got tasked by my boss to find out what was with signal drop in a 16 square block area. Meter testing showed MASSIVE drops only fifty feet from the main repeater box. In the center I was getting signal strength that was basically passive pass-by magnetic force induction. Inspecting the area showed me that there was a MASSIVE amount of wire in the alleys and on the backs of people's houses. That was just the cable lines for the company I worked for. Dish Network and Direct TV lines were just as bad and had just made the problem worse.

See, cable companies can't touch sat-TV lines due to law or regulation or some shit. I disremember because it was like 10 years ago. But they can touch cable lines. Which means linemen from the sat-TV companies would cut our lines, not bother to cap them (causing massive EM spectrum leakage), and wire their own in. So your average house had: Dish Network cable lines. Direct-TV cable lines. The old cable lines from the local cable station. The new lines from the company I worked for. Ma-Bell telephone wiring. AT&T wiring. Fucking Sprint lines from when Sprint tried to do their own system. It was a goddamn cluster fuck.

It took three weeks to figure out who's lines were who's, which lines were dead with no signal, and have everyone who worked for companies that still existed (including the local government, who had tried to run their own internet lines and phone lines back in the day) tag their shit.

Then the work began. In order to not interrupt customer's service I had to lay out my lines first. The Direct-TV and Dish Network companies set a team each, and they went to work while I was still laying my lines. I had to add in repeaters and boosters along the lines. Wire up whole fucking apartment buildings with external lines.

That project took about a month, and I pulled out over twenty dumpsters of bad or unused cable. They put me on hourly wage instead of "by job" during this, luckily for me. Now, I couldn't bury lines because the city wasn't about to let me tear up alleys, sidewalks, people's yards, the street. Instead I had to run everything on pole-drop since the cable company I worked for wasn't about to ask property owners if they could put the repeater on their property and possibly have to rent the land. So the repeaters went on poles. I used up entire SPOOLS of cable.

And that was just to bring a 4x4 area up to "modern" standards where they were getting good enough signal strength to get the upper channels, clear phone service, and internet speeds in excess of a one-legged troll carrying the binary numbers through an underground tunnel.

And people STILL bitched about losing service for an hour or so, STILL bitched about the fact I had to go in and redo the lines inside the house, or under the house, or both.

More than once I hit live power lines that were getting power from an old tap that had been forgotten, which meant calling out the power company, which they often said "There's no tap here" until I showed it to them, then they discovered it was an old line from like 1955 that for some reason was still tied into the grid two blocks away and used to provide power to the clapboard houses that had all been replaced.

Now do that on a massive scale. Every city, every town, every gas station. Across the US. In suburbs and housing tracts that were laid down in the 80's or before. Not the houses, the original infrastructure construction.

Even with newer construction, it never failed that people would move in and have shitty service. I'd get a call, run my meters and shit, find out they've got the kind of signal you get with a nicked cable. I'd backtrack, find the line, have to fucking trace it, then just shake my head when I saw some fucking exceptional individual was putting in a lawn sprinkler system and I just *knew* he'd nicked the fucking line, because the wetbacks doing the work gave zero-fucks about not hitting lines or pipes. Or you spend two days trying to track down why a weird pattern of new houses have no internet, only to find the junction box was never wired up completely.

Another genius one was some dwonk from the power company for some reason known only to God, Jesus, and that dumb slut Eve, attached his power cabling to the TV cabling and then pulled the tv cabling through the piping to drag his power cable through PVC channel only rated for fucking tv cable, then threw all the cable in the creek, which made the county call up the company I worked for screaming about pollution, which made the company call my boss, which led to my boss screaming at me.

Which led to me getting a digital camera so I could photograph my work.

Just laying TV cable in the best of times is a pain in the ass in what's basically rural areas with jumped up villages calling themselves towns or cities that seem to be entirely comprised of village idiots.

Don't even get me started on trying to figure out how I'm going to get the old damaged cable out of the tree that has grown 20 feet since some drunken exceptional individual threw the wire through the branches in 1967, and every dipshit since then has just run more cable through the branches when the old cable snapped, because the home-owner refuses to do something about the goddamn tree or the city/county refuses to touch the poor precious tree that's been eating power and cable lines for the last 20 years because otherwise some poor Darfur war orphan will suddenly suffocate due to a lack of oxygen that would have been produced by that very tree.

Now add in the fucking eco-fags that want high speed internet and stable power and good cable and steady phone, but shit themselves whenever they see a lineman out digging something up or running pole-lines, and you've got the entire reason the goddamn infrastructure is getting worse and worse as time goes by.

For fuck's sake, on the east coast, some of the water piper is still goddamn WOOD pipes according to the class I took learning to ID different pipes.

Adding new cable that could support modern high speed internet is a nightmare.

Now...

Do it with high voltage.
I never knew all those things could interfere with each other in that way and suddenly that one house that had mysteriously terrible unfix-able internet performance makes a lot of sense.
 

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"We implement this public safety power shutoff as a last resort," Singh said in a Tuesday news conference. It could take several days to restore power, Singh added, as the company will first conduct safety inspections once the widespread wind event is over.
It was a first idea actually. The federal government has planned this several years in advance and the never-ending wildfires in 2018. I think it was to make the NorCal farmers really suffer losses so they can make money off of restitution on agricultural claims.

"This is a recipe for explosive fire growth, if a fire starts," the weather service said. "Have your go back ready."
That's actaully the federal gov't making a public admission to their criminal activity through the guise of a private corp.
 

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It boggles my mind how they could just shut off 800,000 homes of power for five goddamn days instead of just shutting off power incrementally to work on each line one at a time.

How fucking incompetent are these faggots?
 
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Another genius one was some dwonk from the power company for some reason known only to God, Jesus, and that dumb slut Eve, attached his power cabling to the TV cabling and then pulled the tv cabling through the piping to drag his power cable through PVC channel only rated for fucking tv cable
Electricians in training should be forced to spend several days testing comms cabling that has had power cable laid right next to and parallel to it with a Fluke.

Of course, with the way that non-cowboys putting in network or TV cable often leave extra slack above in case an outlet needs to be relocated, how could they not take advantage of that? You don't even have to get out your cable snake.
 

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Imagine thinking the Chinese Markets are worth sacrificing your corporate image in the west when this whole time you could have created a separate sister publish or use a Third Party for your gay chinese mobile diablo game.
Apple/Foxcomm uses capitalism to enhance Chinese slavery.

I'm not religious, but I do think that if God hates California, he's certainly doing his best to let everyone know about it.
The locusts in Egypt were just preschool play.


Vancouver, B.C., Canada is a socialist regulated nightmare, but its a normal functional civilization that's still at normal post-modernity levels of sanitation, social order, policing, and government oversight than the freest state in the Union.
 

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Despite all of the problems of the past, at least people before modern times never had to deal with being overly dependent on faceless (incompetent) corporations and fragile infrastructures.
 

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It boggles my mind how they could just shut off 800,000 homes of power for five goddamn days instead of just shutting off power incrementally to work on each line one at a time.

How fucking incompetent are these faggots?
That's not how the system is built any more. You have load redundancy capability, parallel lines, loop back systems to overcome individual faults, and everything else built into a quasi-"modern" system. The ENTIRE system is balanced carefully. You HAVE to shut the entire grid sector down or the resulting surges and bypass attempts could drop the entire system into a hellscape.

Remember, the entire US Eastern area lost power for DAYS because of a fault in the OHIO grid.

I've seen entire towns lose power because of a starling nest in a nearly forgotten power transformer station out in the fucking woods decided it was time to play "Baked Bird in a Box" and killed the power to about a 30 miles area, about 10 miles away from the junction station, while everything around the junction station was just fine. The first two days was apparently figuring just WHERE THE FUCK! the system had fried out.

They have to shut down the entire gird. Hell, if they're smart (and they probably aren't) they could use this shut-down to rebuild the entire system, but then you'd have to bring in the high elevation linemen (you know, the guys who either rappel from helicopters or climb up 300 foot towers in the middle of the goddamn forest and mountains) and choppers to lay new lines because they can't cut ROW channels and lay the cable on the ground and then winch it up into place.

And shutting off the power to 800K homes isn't that much, really, when it comes to CA. Remember, the population of CA is 39.56 million people. That's less than 3% of people in CA losing their power.

Of course, LA isn't going to lose power. It'll be just like the rolling blackouts in the early 2000's, where WA, OR, NV, ID all had to go into conservation mode where you could be fined $500-$2500 for having your porch light on while LA was completely fucking lit up like they were going have a tranny hooker parade or some shit.

But, like we saw above, people are starting to get mad. PG&E has been fucking over CA since the 70's. From dumping toxic waste into the irrigation canals to charging low income areas more per Kw/hr to the whole power generation fiasco regarding CA so that they have to pretty much buy power from everyone else, when the Feds don't just mandate that Puget Power and other companies have to flat out give CA power and pay for it out of their own pocket because CA is so important, doncha know. (Which is why their fucking horde of Congresscritters came into play)

Christ, I'm going to sperg about this shit for days, aren't I?

Hell, lets not even get into the rumors that PG&E is covering up the death toll to this day from the 2015-2018 fires to avoid having to pay out massive wrongful death suits.
 

Club Sandwich

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a side effect of this (since i'm in the affected zones of the outage) is camping out in my shop with a rifle, a chest rig, and tablet with a battery bank. some other store owners are doing the same since their store is their livelihood, and break ins might spike during the outages, especially at night.

most small stores and factories need to shut down because they aren't largely enough to have an independent back up power supply, or cannot run their POS software or accept deliveries because of safety systems that depend on mains power (dock lifts for example). while most stores will just lock up, other stores cannot do that due to burglar systems that have increasingly required external power being non functional.

for anyone in the area, it is an absolute requirement to get your disaster preparedness done ahead of time - charge up your necessary devices, get an ice chest, empty the fridge if possible (cook the refridgerated food and store it in containers, as cooked food lasts longer than raw food typically), have an emergency light or two, have batteries or a way to tell time, have fuel for your vehicle and medical supplies and water, et c. most people in CA have some of these from earthquake preparedness, but many don't associate lack of mains power with needing these sorts of things too.
 

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Despite all of the problems of the past, at least people before modern times never had to deal with being overly dependent on faceless (incompetent) corporations and fragile infrastructures.
In bronze age Mesopotamia, if Eternal God-King Assartotonamapuul let all the canals silt up because he was too busy impaling those foolish enough to be enslaved by Vice Regent of Heaven King Nimmerathtatlepataala you were at least as fucked as now.
 

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Most of the cable system is from the 80's. Most of the electrical, sewage, water is older than that. The phone system might be 50 years old in the area you're at. Back before the 1990's shit varied wildly from area to area. Hell, from lineman to lineman.
Where I live lots of pole lines and ROW's predate electrification. They where put in for the bell system or for telegraph. Lots of PITA "backyard" feeds on poles form the 1940s. Polelines that seem to just cut randomly though the middle of the woods. They are run like that because back in the 1930s it was all open farm land. You aint getting a bucket in there. If you can't gaff you can't work here.

For fuck's sake, on the east coast, some of the water piper is still goddamn WOOD pipes according to the class I took learning to ID different pipes.
Thats called orangeburg pipe. Water could be that, soft lead, or cast iron. Sewer could be wood box or clay. Goodfuckingluck using a locator on any of that.
There is also tons of old F1 telephone feeder underground and forgotten about telco vaults.
811 can only kinda locate what is active. Sometimes.
When you have cities that date back to the 1600's you never know what what you will find when you start digging.
Oh look we found some old pipe&pitch cable. Now is this an old abandoned DC trolley line? Or an active 7.2kV feeder? 🤔
 

Spicy Tacos

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Most of the cable system is from the 80's. Most of the electrical, sewage, water is older than that. The phone system might be 50 years old in the area you're at. Back before the 1990's shit varied wildly from area to area. Hell, from lineman to lineman.

I got tasked by my boss to find out what was with signal drop in a 16 square block area. Meter testing showed MASSIVE drops only fifty feet from the main repeater box. In the center I was getting signal strength that was basically passive pass-by magnetic force induction. Inspecting the area showed me that there was a MASSIVE amount of wire in the alleys and on the backs of people's houses. That was just the cable lines for the company I worked for. Dish Network and Direct TV lines were just as bad and had just made the problem worse.

See, cable companies can't touch sat-TV lines due to law or regulation or some shit. I disremember because it was like 10 years ago. But they can touch cable lines. Which means linemen from the sat-TV companies would cut our lines, not bother to cap them (causing massive EM spectrum leakage), and wire their own in. So your average house had: Dish Network cable lines. Direct-TV cable lines. The old cable lines from the local cable station. The new lines from the company I worked for. Ma-Bell telephone wiring. AT&T wiring. Fucking Sprint lines from when Sprint tried to do their own system. It was a goddamn cluster fuck.

It took three weeks to figure out who's lines were who's, which lines were dead with no signal, and have everyone who worked for companies that still existed (including the local government, who had tried to run their own internet lines and phone lines back in the day) tag their shit.

Then the work began. In order to not interrupt customer's service I had to lay out my lines first. The Direct-TV and Dish Network companies set a team each, and they went to work while I was still laying my lines. I had to add in repeaters and boosters along the lines. Wire up whole fucking apartment buildings with external lines.

That project took about a month, and I pulled out over twenty dumpsters of bad or unused cable. They put me on hourly wage instead of "by job" during this, luckily for me. Now, I couldn't bury lines because the city wasn't about to let me tear up alleys, sidewalks, people's yards, the street. Instead I had to run everything on pole-drop since the cable company I worked for wasn't about to ask property owners if they could put the repeater on their property and possibly have to rent the land. So the repeaters went on poles. I used up entire SPOOLS of cable.

And that was just to bring a 4x4 area up to "modern" standards where they were getting good enough signal strength to get the upper channels, clear phone service, and internet speeds in excess of a one-legged troll carrying the binary numbers through an underground tunnel.

And people STILL bitched about losing service for an hour or so, STILL bitched about the fact I had to go in and redo the lines inside the house, or under the house, or both.

More than once I hit live power lines that were getting power from an old tap that had been forgotten, which meant calling out the power company, which they often said "There's no tap here" until I showed it to them, then they discovered it was an old line from like 1955 that for some reason was still tied into the grid two blocks away and used to provide power to the clapboard houses that had all been replaced.

Now do that on a massive scale. Every city, every town, every gas station. Across the US. In suburbs and housing tracts that were laid down in the 80's or before. Not the houses, the original infrastructure construction.

Even with newer construction, it never failed that people would move in and have shitty service. I'd get a call, run my meters and shit, find out they've got the kind of signal you get with a nicked cable. I'd backtrack, find the line, have to fucking trace it, then just shake my head when I saw some fucking exceptional individual was putting in a lawn sprinkler system and I just *knew* he'd nicked the fucking line, because the wetbacks doing the work gave zero-fucks about not hitting lines or pipes. Or you spend two days trying to track down why a weird pattern of new houses have no internet, only to find the junction box was never wired up completely.

Another genius one was some dwonk from the power company for some reason known only to God, Jesus, and that dumb slut Eve, attached his power cabling to the TV cabling and then pulled the tv cabling through the piping to drag his power cable through PVC channel only rated for fucking tv cable, then threw all the cable in the creek, which made the county call up the company I worked for screaming about pollution, which made the company call my boss, which led to my boss screaming at me.

Which led to me getting a digital camera so I could photograph my work.

Just laying TV cable in the best of times is a pain in the ass in what's basically rural areas with jumped up villages calling themselves towns or cities that seem to be entirely comprised of village idiots.

Don't even get me started on trying to figure out how I'm going to get the old damaged cable out of the tree that has grown 20 feet since some drunken exceptional individual threw the wire through the branches in 1967, and every dipshit since then has just run more cable through the branches when the old cable snapped, because the home-owner refuses to do something about the goddamn tree or the city/county refuses to touch the poor precious tree that's been eating power and cable lines for the last 20 years because otherwise some poor Darfur war orphan will suddenly suffocate due to a lack of oxygen that would have been produced by that very tree.

Now add in the fucking eco-fags that want high speed internet and stable power and good cable and steady phone, but shit themselves whenever they see a lineman out digging something up or running pole-lines, and you've got the entire reason the goddamn infrastructure is getting worse and worse as time goes by.

For fuck's sake, on the east coast, some of the water piper is still goddamn WOOD pipes according to the class I took learning to ID different pipes.

Adding new cable that could support modern high speed internet is a nightmare.

Now...

Do it with high voltage.
I’ve seen some of the messes left behind with cables and lines. I can’t imagine the nightmares that exist in California.

What has been so odd to me since this was announced was that there were a number of people that were saying they should have turned off the power last year during the high winds that caused the Camp Fire.

Now that they actually do it, people are upset.
 

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https://www.ktvu.com/news/pge-worker-reportedly-shot-at-in-colusa-county

PG&E worker reportedly shot at in Colusa County


OAKLAND, Calif. - A PG&E worker was reportedly shot at Tuesday evening in the Colusa County, according to California Highway Patrol.

The incident was reported around 7:48 p.m. by a PG&E employee who told officers he traveling in a marked company vehicle along Interstate 5, just north of the Maxwell Rest Area, when a white pickup truck pulled up next to him.


https://twitter.com/CKaftonKTVU/status/1182020445622530049


He told officers he then heard what sounded like a gunshot and his passenger window was shattered.

The employee said he feels he was targeted for being in a PG&E vehicle. CHP says it's investigating whether a bullet or projectile shattered the window.

PG&E issued a statement regarding the incident saying the safety of its customers and employees is paramount:


No injuries were reported.
Tell people they can't have power for a goddamn week because you can't get your shit together, and you better believe they're going to be that fucking pissed off. I'm not surprised at all.
 

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People go apeshit if they lose power to a hurricane. But they can handle it, even for a month or so (not well, but not full on riot mode).

If people lost power for a week because the power company is fucking incompetent, yeah, people are going to get fucking shot.
 

Kiwi Lime Pie

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It seems to me as though they take that excess money and roll it into solar panels in various configurations which make generating electricity cheaper for them.

Yet my bill never decreases...
There's a certain irony in utility companies that encourage people to conserve water, electricity, gas, etc. and then turn around and raise their rates because "people are using less, and we can't cover our fixed costs without a rate increase." 🤔

For those affected by the power outages, one hopes things return to normal again as quickly as reasonably possible.
 
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