Wildfire safety blackouts in California by PG&E could leave homes without power till Friday

A return of bone-dry humidity and gusty winds Wednesday in Northern Calfornia during the peak of wildfire season is expected to result in power outages for tens of thousands of customers that could last until Friday.

The nation’s largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), warned it may begin power shutoffs by Wednesday evening to as many as 54,000 customers in 24 counties.

“We really view it as a last resort option,” Mark Quinlan, the company’s incident commander, said at a briefing on Tuesday.

POWER OUTAGES IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA MAY IMPACT 50,000 PG&E CUSTOMERS IN SAFETY SHUTOFFS

Wind gusts possibly hitting 55 mph have spurred the National Weather Service (NWS) to issue a red-flag warning from 5 a.m. Wednesday through Friday morning.

While PG&E said it will make a final decision sometime on Wednesday

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$1,325,000 Homes for Sale in Connecticut, California and South Carolina

One might have thought the most interesting thing about this house in southeastern Connecticut was that it belongs to Chris Elliott, the actor, comedian and writer, and his wife, Paula Niedert. But just as compelling is the identity of a previous owner: a local celebrity named Elizabeth Tashjian, better known as the Nut Lady. In 1972, Ms. Tashjian, an artist who inherited the property from her father, turned it into a cult attraction called the Nut Museum, ultimately charging three dollars and one nut as an entrance fee.

The Elliotts bought the house from a subsequent owner in 2008. Although it had been fixed up and endowed with central air-conditioning, they polished it, bringing in vintage and period-style fixtures, moldings and glass, and recreating a Victorian

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Potential blackouts could leave California homes without power until Friday

A dangerous combination of fast winds and low humidity at the height of fire season is expected to prompt power outages for tens of thousands of Northern California homes and businesses starting Wednesday and lasting potentially into Friday.



a tree with a mountain in the background: PG&E apprentice Oscar Rodulfo works to restore power along Los Alamos Road in Santa Rosa, where shut-offs are possible.


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PG&E apprentice Oscar Rodulfo works to restore power along Los Alamos Road in Santa Rosa, where shut-offs are possible.


Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has warned that about 54,000 customers in portions of 24 counties, including most Bay Area counties, will likely face preemptive electricity cuts intended to prevent wildfires caused by wind-damaged power lines.

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Generators and other measures deployed by PG&E should keep the lights on for about 12,000 customers that would have otherwise lost power, according to Mark Quinlan, the company’s incident commander.

PG&E officials did not expect to make a final call about shutting off power lines until Wednesday

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Potential PG&E blackouts could leave California homes without power until Friday

A dangerous combination of fast winds and low humidity at the height of fire season is expected to prompt power outages for tens of thousands of Northern California homes and businesses starting Wednesday and lasting potentially into Friday.



a tree with a mountain in the background: PG&E apprentice Oscar Rodulfo works to restore power along Los Alamos Rd. in Santa Rosa, Calif., on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. Customers throughout the region could face power shutoffs later this week as red flag fire warnings take effect.


© Noah Berger / Special To The Chronicle

PG&E apprentice Oscar Rodulfo works to restore power along Los Alamos Rd. in Santa Rosa, Calif., on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. Customers throughout the region could face power shutoffs later this week as red flag fire warnings take effect.


Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has warned that about 54,000 customers in portions of 24 counties, including most Bay Area counties, will likely face preemptive electricity cuts intended to prevent wildfires caused by wind-damaged power lines.

Generators and other measures deployed by PG&E should keep the lights on for about 12,000 customers that would have otherwise lost power, according to Mark Quinlan, the company’s incident

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California home prices to grow more slowly next year, Realtors forecast, but sales may be stronger

Ultra-low mortgage rates and pent-up demand for single-family homes will offset continued economic uncertainty and a supply shortage in 2021, with the net result being a 3.3% increase in California home sales and a modest 1.3% increase in the median price next year versus 2020, according to a California Association of Realtors forecast published Tuesday.

With only a few months left to go, sales this year are expected to be

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California Home Prices Expected To Stagnate As Sales Slow In 2021

LOS ANGELES , CA — California home price increases and sales are expected to slow in 2021, but the Los Angeles-based California Association of Realtors doesn’t forecast widespread price drops.

Despite the economic uncertainty caused by the pandemic, California home sales are expected to climb a modest 3.3% next years, and home prices will edge up 1.3%, the California Association of Realtors forecasted Tuesday. Low mortgages rates and pent-up demand are credited with propping up the market despite the pandemic slow-down. CAR leaders expect interest rates to continue to fall.

“An extremely favorable lending environment and a strong interest in homeownership will continue to motivate financially eligible buyers to enter the market,” said CAR President Jeanne Radsick, a Realtor in Bakersfield. “While the economy is expected to improve and interest rates will stay near historical lows, housing supply constraints will continue to be an issue next year and may put

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Big Real Estate’s No on Prop. 21 Campaign Keeps Trying to Trick and Confuse California Voters

Yes on 21 campaign files a cease & desist letter with several broadcast television stations over a “False and misleading No on Proposition 21 TV spot featuring Gov. Gavin Newsom entitled `Go Backward'”

Once again, the Yes on Prop. 21 campaign is fighting back against Big Real Estate’s constant lies and deceit in its multi-million-dollar effort to kill Proposition 21, a November ballot measure that will allow cities to enact or expand rent control policies that limit rent increases and help keep families in their homes. Wall Street landlords Blackstone Group, Essex Property Trust, and Equity Residential, among other publicly traded real estate investment trusts, are the leading contributors and decision makers behind the No on Prop 21 campaign.

“The real estate industry has long been known for doing whatever it takes to make bigger profits. So, we’re not surprised that Wall Street landlords are up to their dirty tricks

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How Have the California Wildfires Impacted The Local Real Estate Market?

With over 4 million acres burned, this year’s California wildfires have been the largest the state has ever seen. One fire alone, the August Complex, has burned over 1 million acres, cutting a destructive swath across the northern part of the state. The California fires are in various stages of containment, so these numbers could go up before year’s end.

California also happens to have some of the most expensive real estate in the country and many of the country’s most active real estate markets. Many areas currently battling fires have been threatened by wildfires before.

CoreLogic‘s (NYSE: CLGX) 2020 Wildfire Risk Report shows 1,975,116 homes in the United States are at risk of being destroyed by wildfires. These homes carry an associated reconstruction cost of over $638 billion. Of the areas most at risk, 76% of them are located in California, with the Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego,

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Two California Homes Owned by Late Kleiner Perkins Co-founder Hit The Market

Two California properties owned by the late venture capitalist Frank J. Caufield are separately coming on the market for $39.75 million and $19.5 million.

Mr. Caufield, who died last year at 80, co-founded Silicon Valley powerhouse Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, which made investments in some of tech’s best-known companies including Amazon. Mr. Caufield stepped away from his daily role at the firm, now known as Kleiner Perkins, in 2000.

The pricier of the two properties is a nearly 12-acre estate in celebrity-studded Montecito, Calif. The roughly 18,500-square-foot, nine-bedroom Italian Renaissance-inspired villa was designed around 1927 by George Washington Smith, a prominent Santa Barbara architect, according to research by Sotheby’s International Realty, which is listing both homes.


An Italian Renaissance-Inspired Montecito mansion

The villa was designed around 1927 by George Washington Smith, a prominent California architect

A Montecito, Calif., mansion dating to the 1920s is coming on the market for

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California wildfire destroys over 550 homes as fire crews increase containment, ‘turned the corner’

A wildfire burning in Northern California’s famed wine country has now destroyed over 550 homes, but officials said Monday they were hopeful as containment of the blaze increased overall.

Cal Fire said as of Tuesday morning the Glass Fire that’s burning in Napa and Sonoma counties has scorched some 66,840 acres and is now 50% contained.

“We have turned the corner on the fire as a whole,” Cal Fire division chief Ben Nicholls said during a briefing in Sonoma County.

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE SURPASSES 1 MILLION ACRES AS AUGUST COMPLEX DUBBED ‘MEGAFIRE’

Over 2,700 fire personnel are involved in the battle against the blaze, with some 408 fire engines deployed in the fight against the two-county blaze, according to the agency.

“We are the priority for the state here,” Nicholls said Monday.

In this Sept. 28, 2020, file photo, houses leveled by the Glass Fire are viewed on a street in the Skyhawk neighborhood of Santa Rosa, Calif.

In this Sept. 28, 2020, file photo, houses leveled by the Glass Fire are viewed on a street in

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