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Posted 08 November 2019 - 07:45 AM

Blackouts, Fires, High Gas Prices: Who Wants to Live in California Today?
By Ian Lovett
Nov. 8, 2019 5:30 am ET
WSJ

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UKIAH, Calif.—On the fourth morning without power, Carolyn Summers lay as still as possible in bed, trying to delay the moment when she ran out of oxygen. Her power generator, which she had hoped would run her oxygen compressor, wouldn't start. The local hospital said it couldn't give her an extra tank. "I guess if you run out, you just die?" Ms. Summers wrote on Facebook. Then the 62-year old lay still again, conserving energy and hoping for a miracle.

Rampant wildfires—and the precautionary blackouts that utilities including PG&E Corp. have instituted to try to prevent them—are reshaping life across the Golden State and transforming the state's reputation. Some residents are questioning whether they should leave as a result.

Long known as the home of easy living, with its beaches and year-round sunshine, California is increasingly seen as a perilous and unlivable place where the government and corporate institutions can't reliably offer basic services. California has the highest gas prices in the country. Housing prices are the second-highest in the nation, triggering a statewide lack of affordable housing. Homelessness is surging in the state's major cities, despite billions spent by state and local governments to combat the problem. A drought, which gripped the state for more than seven years, left some towns without clean water. Now, more than two million people have lost their power in Northern and Southern California in the past month and hundreds of thousands have evacuated their homes to avoid fire danger, a number likely to grow before the year ends.

Many of those hardest hit live in poorer rural and exurban areas like Ukiah that haven't benefited as much from the economic boom as cities like San Francisco that, due to denser housing, are also safer from wildfires. Ukiah's median household income is about $43,000 a year. "It's like living in a third-world country," said Marilyn Dalton, 78, a resident of Potter Valley, near Ukiah. A city of 16,000 located two hours north of San Francisco, Ukiah exemplifies the new reality facing millions of Californians this autumn's fire season and, experts predict, for many to come.

Although Ukiah escaped the first of PG&E's intentional blackouts, the second and third ones rolled into each other here, with no break in between. Wildfires have come dangerously close, forcing residents just outside town to evacuate. Cell signals have faded; gas lines have been hours long; and heat has cut out on freezing nights.

Two years ago, Ms. Dalton and thousands of others were forced to flee as a wildfire swept through Mendocino County, killing nine people. Last year, school was closed here for a week because of smoke from a fire 150 miles away. During the blackout last week, Ms. Dalton's toilet, which runs on electricity, stopped flushing.

"If I wasn't as old as I am, I would pack up and get the hell out," she said.

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Posted 08 November 2019 - 04:24 PM

NOT me... And I don't anymore!!!

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Posted 08 November 2019 - 04:28 PM

View PostTicked@TinselTown, on 08 November 2019 - 04:24 PM, said:

NOT me... And I don't anymore!!!

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Posted 08 November 2019 - 06:46 PM

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Some residents are questioning whether they should leave as a result.


They don't have to leave (and infect other states with their pinko policies). Californians need to stop voting for regressives and communists. If voting is not enough to right the ship, there are other options.
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Posted 09 November 2019 - 02:28 AM

View Postgravelrash, on 08 November 2019 - 06:46 PM, said:

They don't have to leave (and infect other states with their pinko policies). Californians need to stop voting for regressives and communists. If voting is not enough to right the ship, there are other options.


HEY! I am NOT a communicable disease, buddy!!!! <_<
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