Roundtable: Blackouts Return To California Fire Zones
Friday, October 25, 2019
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Preemptive power outages return to California for the second time this month; Governor Gavin Newsom asks for an investigation into high gas prices; and critics accuse the San Diego City Council of election shopping in its move to place the hotel tax vote on the March primary ballot.
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Shalina Chatlani, reporter, KPBS News
Robert Krier, reporter, The San Diego Union-Tribune
Rob Nikolewski, reporter, The San Diego Union-Tribune
Lori Weisberg, reporter, San Diego Union-Tribune
Sweltering Week Leads To Preemptive Blackouts
San Diego saw some of its hottest days of the year this week. The extreme conditions culminated with a red flag warning for much of the county, prompting San Diego Gas & Electric to enact preemptive blackouts to reduce the risk of wildfires. It's the second time this month the utility has taken such action. Similar blackouts affected hundreds of people in Northern California this week.
California's Elevated Gas Prices
While gas prices have eased in recent weeks, you don't have to drive very far to find stations still charging $4 or more per gallon. California's average fuel price is more than a dollar higher than the national average. Governor Gavin Newsom is calling on the state to investigate whether major brands are fixing prices.
Picking A Date For The Convention Center Vote
The San Diego city council indicated this week that it plans to place the Yes For A Better San Diego initiative on the 2020 primary election ballot. Critics of the move say the decision amounts to election shopping and violates the spirit of Measure L. Voters approved the measure in 2016, which calls for citizen initiatives to be decided during general elections. However, Measure L also grants the city discretion on election placement.
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