It's like a scene from out of India in the 1970s and present-day Venezuela and North Korea - homelessness and deliberate power outages. Only it's somewhere near to home...or maybe it's your home!
Welcome to the Socialist Republic of California! Where Edison International will cut off electric power deliberately on Thanksgiving, away from South California homes.
Thanksgiving is an American tradition that's so important to Californians that deliberately causing a power outage on the day itself is like grabbing something comforting to celebrate in a season wherein there is not much to celebrate.
The first bad news that came out is California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) himself announcing that gatherings on Thanksgiving will be prohibited. This announced power outage is like finishing off the kill.
Strong winds are forecast to prevail on Thanksgiving and would likely extend up to Friday evening, said Taelor Bakewell, spokeswoman for Southern California Edison. This is to prevent electrical wires from touching off deadly blazes that have plagued the state in recent years.
Edison International could cut power to some Southern California homes and businesses on Thanksgiving as strong winds are forecast to return to the rain-deprived region.
The utility owner hasn’t determined how many customers could be affected by the outages, intended to prevent power lines from sparking wildfires during the gusts. Power would likely be out until Friday evening, Southern California Edison spokeswoman Taelor Bakewell said. The state’s utilities have resorted to preemptively cutting power after electrical lines touched off a series of deadly blazes in recent years.
But why on Thanksgiving? Cutting off power on other days would be forgivable, but not on the actual day itself. But this plea just can't be heard in Newsom's California wherein rotting fish, spotty internet and closed business would pervade the gloomy landscape on Thanksgiving.