CALIFORNIA, USA — California's governor says residents should be outraged and infuriated by news of a widespread power shut-off to prevent deadly wildfires but that the utility had no choice.
Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday that Pacific Gas & Electric had to make the decision to cut off electricity as forecasts call for hot, dry winds that could spark wildfires.
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But he said the company must upgrade and fix its technology so customers do not face anything like this again.
Newsom, a Democrat, received more than $200,000 during the 2018 election from PG&E, which is serving a sentence for multiple felony convictions. The Republican and Democratic parties of California also each took more than $500,000. It's not illegal for a convicted felon — whether person or corporation — to donate campaign money. And it's not illegal for the politician to accept it.
PG&E’s felony convictions were related to the 2010 San Bruno gas line explosion, which killed eight people. A jury found PG&E guilty of five counts of willfully breaking federal gas pipeline safety laws and one count of obstructing the federal investigation into the disaster.
PG&E is shutting off power to 800,000 customers in 34 counties in northern and central California starting Wednesday.
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