San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob opposes power shutoffs during wildfires
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – California is turning to electricity shutoffs to prevent wildfires.
San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob joined us in studio on Good Morning San Diego to discuss public safety and why she believes power shutoffs are not the answer.
She said that among the 10 most destructive fires in California history, four have been caused by the major utility companies. Including the 2018 Camp Fire in Paradise and the SDG&E-caused 2007 Witch Creek Fire in San Diego County.
Jacob explained by shutting off electricity, SDG&E is trying to cover itself for its failure to fully harden their rural power lines and other infrastructure. Jacob then said the fact that SDG&E is still working on hardening their infrastructure, more than a decade after its equipment caused some of our biggest fires, is outrageous.
Jacob is concerned that cutting off power will hurt rural residents and impact public safety. She pointed out that a lot of older residents need power in order to run medical devices, while many families need electricity to operate water wells.