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BERKELEY'S NEWS • JANUARY 17, 2023

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As of the beginning of fall 2021, Berkeley Unified School District, or BUSD, has begun utilizing electric school buses in lieu of more traditional options.
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As of the beginning of fall 2021, Berkeley Unified School District, or BUSD, has begun utilizing electric school buses in lieu of more traditional options.
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On June 30, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed SB 350, a bill that will hold PG&E to higher safety standards.
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On June 30, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed SB 350, a bill that will hold PG&E to higher safety standards.
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But blaming PG&E for the disruption wildfire season brings to California each year with increasing regularity and strength is, at best, unproductive. Fixing electrical infrastructure is putting a Band-Aid on the much bigger problems of climate change.
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But blaming PG&E for the disruption wildfire season brings to California each year with increasing regularity and strength is, at best, unproductive. Fixing electrical infrastructure is putting a Band-Aid on the much bigger problems of climate change.
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There was supposed to be a blackout today. And yesterday. For all I know, there was one. But living in the Unit 2 residence halls, three blocks from campus and the faint murmurs of the powerless residence halls on Durant Avenue, no utility faults have crossed my radar.
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There was supposed to be a blackout today. And yesterday. For all I know, there was one. But living in the Unit 2 residence halls, three blocks from campus and the faint murmurs of the powerless residence halls on Durant Avenue, no utility faults have crossed my radar.
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To promote public health and safety, the CPUC is working to drive down ignition risks from utility infrastructure, power loss and disruption to communities.
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To promote public health and safety, the CPUC is working to drive down ignition risks from utility infrastructure, power loss and disruption to communities.
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Many UC Berkeley residence halls will be without power and student services will be closed due to the PG&E power shutdown, according to a campus-wide email sent this morning. 
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Many UC Berkeley residence halls will be without power and student services will be closed due to the PG&E power shutdown, according to a campus-wide email sent this morning. 
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Wildfires are a major threat in California, fueled in part by the worsening climate crisis. The National Interagency Fire Center is expecting another above-average season this year, with the upcoming months being the most severe. Five of the 10 most destructive fires in California’s history took place in the last two years.
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Wildfires are a major threat in California, fueled in part by the worsening climate crisis. The National Interagency Fire Center is expecting another above-average season this year, with the upcoming months being the most severe. Five of the 10 most destructive fires in California’s history took place in the last two years.
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Downed power lines led to the partial closure of Tunnel Road in South Berkeley on Tuesday morning, according to a Nixle alert released by Berkeley Police Department.
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Downed power lines led to the partial closure of Tunnel Road in South Berkeley on Tuesday morning, according to a Nixle alert released by Berkeley Police Department.
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Homes around Panoramic Way lost gas service Thursday morning after a gas leak occurred at Panoramic Way and Orchard Lane.
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Homes around Panoramic Way lost gas service Thursday morning after a gas leak occurred at Panoramic Way and Orchard Lane.
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A power outage occurred Friday in North Berkeley that affected 1,127 Pacific, Gas and Electric customers.
A power outage occurred Friday in North Berkeley that affected 1,127 Pacific, Gas and Electric customers.