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Governor's Administration Launches $75 Million Program for State and Local Governments to Respond to Impacts of Utility-Initiated Power Shutoffs

Deadline extended: submit a request by Nov. 12

October 28, 2019
Over the past few weeks, cities throughout the state have been affected by wildfires and utility- initiated power shutoffs that have left millions of California residents in the dark.
The League’s thoughts and prayers are with those that have been evacuated or are without power, and we thank the firefighters and first responders who are working around the clock to keep our communities safe.

On behalf of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), the League has been working closely with the Governor’s Office and Cal OES to ensure the most up-to-date information on community resource centers and safety guidelines were reaching cities impacted by the shutoffs. With support from Cal OES, the League also continues to host daily conference calls between the Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas & Electric Company and the cities affected by the power shutoffs. Interested city officials should contact their League Regional Division public affairs manager for call in details. 

Following this increase of extreme fire weather conditions across the state and continued utility-initiated Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS), Gov. Gavin Newsom has launched a $75 million Local Government PSPS Resiliency Program to support state and local government efforts to protect public safety, vulnerable populations and individuals and improve resiliency in response to utility-led PSPS actions.

Half of the funds, $37.5 million, will be allocated to local governments with $26 million set aside for counties, $10 million for cities and $1.5 million for federal recognized tribes. The cities of Los Angeles, San Jose, San Diego and Oakland are entitled to receive $500,000 each based on city population and that region’s experience with wildfires and utility-initiated power shutoffs in the past. All other incorporated cities may apply for funds through a streamlined application process with individual allocations capped at $500,000. The balance of the funding will go to state agencies and departments to ensure continuity of operations and public services statewide.

The Request for Proposal (RFP) to receive a PSPS Resiliency allocation can be found online. The deadline to submit a request is Monday, Nov. 12. 

To help cities access information quickly regarding power shutoff locations and times, the establishment of community resource centers, and potential financial assistance to those affected by the shutoffs, the League has created a webpage of resources tailored to city officials. The materials from the League webinar in June, “Avoiding Total Disaster: The Law & Emergencies, Disaster Preparedness Training for Local Government Legal Advisors” is also included and a good guide for cities’ legal counsel. Please visit www.cacities.org/powershutoffs

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