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power lines underground but that's about it. >> do you think they will? >> not unless someone kicks them in the butt. it's going to take a lot of money to change the actual problem. >> do you think they will? >> not any time soon. >> this is not the new normal. this cannot take ten years to resolve. hold them accountable. >> the new normal. it's something many are talking about and it's a conversation we want to continue as part of our commitment to building a better bay area. good evening and thank you for joining us, i'm dan ashley. >> and i'm ama daetz. year-round fire seasons, planned blackouts, evacuations in the middle of the night. it's enough to make people scared and frustrated and wonder what is happening to our quality of life. >> a lot of people asking that question. it's enough to make people think about moving out and wonder how we fix the problems in one of the most beautiful places on earth. fire, power, wind, what now? we have a special program to dig into all of this for you tonight. es pg&e how we tpoin news contr
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mattier is here to discuss the real solutions to this classic california crisis. michael finney investigates how consumers who lost money can get reimbursed and meteorologist drew tuma looks at the science and history of our weather patterns. it's all coming up. >> but first, a little perspective. in the last three years california has endured more than 23,500 wildfires and still counting. they have burned more than 3.5 million acres and cost taxpayers and homeowners more than $600 billion. abc 7 news reporter wayne freedman can talk about that and more for us tonight. >> wayne, you live in the north bay and have been reporting on the fires and the fallout for decade. >> reporter: i have. i'm afraid to admit it. since 1981 here in the north bay and all my life in california. as a kid i grew up with these fires, but these are new. we have new levels of frequency and ferociousness.
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it is the time of year when the leaves turn and we should be taking comfort. but in the fall in california, it's not what it used to be. tina chandler of sonoma county can tell you all about it. >> i used to love fall. i used to love seeing the leaves roll down the street. you don't see any leaves because we don't have any trees to create leaves. it is not the same. >> reporter: not in this land where wildfires now burn, not even close. >> walk away. walk away. can't do this again. >> reporter: in the last three years, california has endured more than 23,500 wildfires and still counting. they have burned more than 3.5 million acres and cost taxpayers and homeowners more than $600 billion. >> i'm going to call this more like a tsunami that a tidal wave of fire. >> reporter: as for the pain and suffering -- >> i would have never guessed that something like this could
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happen here. >> it was something you couldn't even put into words. >> reporter: if the phrase "new normal" has become a cliche, that wouldn't count for some of the names that have made it that way. they are forever etched into our l lexicon. >> paradise. tubbs. last week we inducted kincade into the group. the town of geyserville evacuated first and it was a first for debbie mattis. >> have you ever done this before? no, no. >> what's it like first time? >> i cried a lot and scary. you feel like you're going to lose everything. >> reporter: it is the moment when so many of us have crossed that line between hearing about the ordeal and living it. >> what are you worried about? >> not having a house when i come back. >> what's the difference between you and them? >> i haven't lost it all yet and they did. >> reporter: joe and his brother, dean, own a grocery store in sonoma county.
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when the kincade fire burned south into windsor and vine crest road, their homes stood directly in that path. >> i would say it's a matter of wind, with the wind at our backs. >> we are not going to give up. we are going to take a stand. >> there was no way it was going to be safe and they saved it. >> reporter: in a region of accumulating and compiled trauma, they still paid a price. after losing half a million dollars of food in 2017, they evacuated for six days again in 2019. when their parents opened this store 60 years ago, they never imagined their sons dealing with the california we have now. >> what would your parents say about all of this? >> they'd be shocked. as we are. it was shocking the first time. then to have it happen again, it's just unreal. >> reporter: and it is happening in multiple layers. four times this year alone, pg&e has intentionally cut power to hundreds of thousands of us, all to keep the electrical grid from
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sparking more fires. >> no chicken? >> reporter: and they're just one business among thousands facing a loss. >> if it just gets shut off by pg&e, then insurance doesn't take care of you. if a fire happens, you get taken care of by insurance. but if you lose everything, how do you start over again? >> reporter: in past years, how many of us kept a mask close at hand? it's standard issue now. >> it's the smell. the smell of smoke. it makes me nauseous. >> that's a mental thing. >> it's mental. it's posttraumatic stress. so many of our neighbors, our friends, our family have it. it's a real thing. >> reporter: it certainly is. >> it was upsetting and horrific to think that my house would burn down twice. >> reporter: if anyone understands ptsd, how about dr.
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diane malnikoff. she evacuated last weekend just five days after moving in. time for the therapist to appraise her own case of hyperanxiety. >> wanting to know, wanting to have information, wanting to get specific information, not getting the specific information and being anxious about that. so i can analyze and i know what i'm going through and i know what i'm going through and feeling and experiencing is normal, but it still doesn't stop it from happening. >> reporter: it happened from watching this. it happens from living this. even if fire has not touched us, we're all part of california's figurative new tent city. >> i don't really know what to think, you know. i just know my home's gone. >> reporter: and our state challen challenged, if not changed. so all of that a continuing portrait of california's seasonal pain. what we saw this week, what we endured, just the latest breast
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strokes. >> wayne, a lot of people really do feel like this is the new normal. you could hear the emotion as you were talking to people. anyone talking about seriously making a move to leave the area because of the fires and the outages? >> reporter: you know, i think a lot of people talk about it. i'm not sure how many people will act on it. but it was interesting. the mulsbees told meold meold coming in saying they were moving somewhere else. the people most affected are those that already lost a home and rebuilt. we asked several of those people would you come back and rebuild again if you lost your home again. to a person, they said no, they would just go somewhere else. another person just said i want it to be normal again. and we said that gets into the word normal, doesn't it? and he rolled his eyes and said, yeah, whatever normal might be. >> wayne freedman, thank you, wayne. >> hard to tell what normal is
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these days. well, the magnitude of what pg&e calls public safety power shutoffs, those deliberate power blackouts is unprecedented. we had four in three weeks' time. this past week more than a million people went days without power in an effort to keep people safe. >> we need to talk about how we got here. dan noyes is here with that part of the story. >> pg&e has been consumed with the outages over the past few years but it's been a rough year since they declared bankruptcy. over the past 25 years they have been hit again and again with lawsuits after their equipment exploded and started fires. they have struggled to keep the lights on in northern california. the latest rounds of planned power outages come after decades of problems for pacific gas and electric. the htruggled sce state lawmakers deregulated energy producers in 1996. four years later utilities faced the perfect energy storm. power producers manipulated the markets causing a power supply
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issue. rolling blackouts left 100,000 bay area customers without power. june 2000, pg&e experienced rolling blackouts caused by that deregulation that left 97,000 customers without power in the bay area. >> this task will not be easy. >> reporter: january 2001, governor gray davis declared a state of emergency when blackouts left several hundred thousand customers without power. governor davis spoke with me from his los angeles office about those rolling blackouts. >> i had two republican leaders and two democratic leaders, they all insisted that we raise rates because utilities were going bankrupt. the reason utilities were going bankrupt was those same energy companies were charging like $1,000 for a mega watt hour rather than $15 a mega watt hour. we all said no. >> reporter: march 2001 another blackout turned out the lights on 1.5 million customers. two months later in may, another 167,000 had the lights go out.
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the blackouts ultimately led to the ouster of governor davis. >> well, i understood the problem at the time, dan. i couldn't convince people, ratepayers, that enron, duke and the others, southern, were ripping them off. >> reporter: but it was just the start of pg&e's woes, as the company's aging infrastructure led to a major catastrophe. on september 9th, 2010, a 30-inch natural gas pipeline exploded in the crestmoor neighborhood of san brunbruno. it took them 60 to 90 minutes to shut off the gas. the utility was found guilty safety violations and obstructing justice and a judge ordered pg&e to pay $90 million and spend $32 million more for safety and governance improvements. pg&e's maintenance of power lines came under fire again in 2017 when the utility's power
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lines were blamed for starting fires in the north bay. when the flames were finally doused, more than 8,000 structures were destroyed, 44 people were dead and at least 192 people were injured. next year an even more deadly fire. the campfire erupted near paradise, ignited by a faulty electric transmission line. it killed 88 people and destroyed 18,000 structures. anticipating the massive number of claims resulting from the fire, the utility filed for bankruptcy and began to lay out their plan to prevent future wildfires, turning off the power in high danger areas. they have now shut off power six times since they enacted their public safety power shutoffs. pg&e now says their equipment may have been responsible for five bay area fires this month. >> to what extent is deregulation in 1996 to blame for where we are? >> deregulation was entirely responsible for the problem in
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2001. >> reporter: i asked former governor davis if we learned anything from the early outages. what can be done now to make things better. >> this problem is totally different. climate change, worsening fires, more heat, far more casualties, much more property damage. but this problem can be solved by having a summit and the application of world class technology. we will figure this out. >> now, one other note davis is giving gavin newsom kudos for his handling of the crisis which includes his announcement of a new energy czar. >> dan, you've been covering these daily briefings. >> it's been a long run. >> power blackouts. >> it's been daily. >> you've asked a lot of good questions in there. >> thanks. >> what's been the mood in that room? it seems awkward and tense at times. >> definitely tense as times. as the days go on, they seem to be more and more tired. but i have to give them credit to a certain extent that they would answer every single question. they would stay there until the reporters were all worn out. but for this special report i
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have to say i wanted to do a one-on-one with bill johnson, ceo. he dlieneclined. so i headed back last night for another chance to question him in person. >> you say that climate change played a major role in making these blackouts necessary. but can you admit that it was also a lack of maintenance and a failure to upgrade the system properly? >> i really don't think the items you've mentioned are a cause of these psps events. i think it's the climate. if you were here yesterday, you saw how the wind speeds have increased over the years, the number of dead trees, the amount of fuel on the ground, the humidity. i think that's the cause. >> the argument is being made by the lawmakers and others that you diverted moneyment for maintenance into shareholder profits. that's the line that's been used again and again and again for years and years. is that accurate in your minding that that happened? >> so as i said, i got here may the 2nd. i haven't gone backwards and looked at that.
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when i get a free moment after fire season, i'll study up on that question. at the moment i don't have a view on that. i hear it. all i know is since i've been here, we've been inspecting, we've been repairing and we have been preventing catastrophic wildfires. >> now, moving forward, you've talked about how you have basically a 10-year time frame where a lot of work has to be done to make these blackouts not necessary. widespread reaction was that's too long. what can we do now? how can we get this done now so these aren't necessary? >> yeah, and when i talked about a 10-year period, i meant a 10-year period where pspss would get less every year and after ten years we'd be in a spot where we don't need them. >> right. >> we all understand we are not going to do what we had to do this october. so we are going to continue to inspect, harden the system, cover the wire, microgrids,
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resiliency zones, there's a number of things. i think if we focus on those things harder, we can bring that time frame in and will do so. >> there are a lot of families who are right on the edge in terms of their finances. people are having a hard time affording putting food on the plate, yet here they are having to clear out their refrigerators. what do you say to people who just can't afford to restock their fridges and are losing all this food they have had in their households after these shutoffs. >> so these events can be hard on people, really hard on people, particularly people who have struggles anyways. you know, there are community-based things you can do, food banks, these kind of things. but for us, the main thing is we didn't cause any fires for these people, we didn't burn down any houses. the kincade fire is still under investigation, i got that. but one of the things we did was give them the opportunity to actually refill their refrigerator because their house is still there.
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>> well, that talk about food banks and not burning down houses is getting a lot of reaction. what do you think? i'd like to hear from you on my twitter or facebook pages. dan. >> thanks, dan. abc 7 news i-team reporter dan noyes with tough questions for pg&e. he'll keep asking them too. thanks, dan. residents across the bay area definitely have opinions on these outages. >> they need to do the right thing to stop a fire from happening. a fires a million dollars worse than a power outage so i'm glad they're doing it. >> fires keep happening and the power keeps getting cut, it doesn't seem like the power being cult is actually doing anything. >> all right. let's bring into the conversation abc 7 news contributor phil mattier. always great to have you with us. the governor talked about this and announced a new plan forward. if this is the new normal, let's talk about what the governor has in mind. >> what he has it minding is for it not being the new normal and for a good reason.
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former governor gray davis lost his job because of the rolling blackouts in 2001. part of the reason was he didn't react fast enough. >> i remember asking him directly if it was his fault. he did seem to drag his feet a little dealing with it. >> gavin newsom watched that and is thought going to repeat it so he rolled out an idea or at least a big concept of where he wants pg&e to go or else. let's have a listen to what gavin said. >> pg&e as we know it cannot persist and continue. it has to be completely transformed, culturally transformed, operationally transformed with a safety culture first and foremost. >> let's talk about what that means, transformed. it's big, lofty language, what does that mean? >> well, i read through his plan. i think you read through it too. what was your impression? >> well, like i said, it's a lot of lofty language. there's some general ideas. >> exactly.
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>> of course not any hard specifics, which i get. >> the fact is he doesn't have hard specifics. he's going to be convening pg&e and representatives from the state and bankruptcy court. remember, pg&e is going through bankruptcy, all up to sacramento to talk about how can they change sacramento's culture, plus its priorities and get it some money to fix the lines so we don't have a replay of it next year. that's going to take probably some public dollars. as a matter of fact, there is a fund set aside for it right now. if pg&e can get through its bankruptcy and possibly agree to the changes the governor wants, he says they'll get the money. in some ways he's playing poker. you've got this in the pot but what are the cards? are you willing to do this? are you willing to spend more on lines? are you willing to green energy as well? and also at the same time convince the public that you should be getting help. right now there is no mood in sacramento for a pg&e bailout. the flip side is that the governor knows you need the pg&e power, so he's got to work something out.
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>> it's a little bit of that too big to fail problem with pg&e. >> well, they are the only major utility in northern california, and they are -- they may not be too big to fail because they could fail. they are in bankruptcy. one of the governor's cards is to say if you can't run it, maybe we have a public takeover. that's expensive. we're talking about $40 billion plus. >> it's complicated work. >> it's complicated work and would take time. that's what gavin newsom does not have is time. because next year there's going to be a fire season. next year there are going to be fires. the question is how many and how big? and next year those same lines are going to be out there. so the clock is ticking on the governor too, because he only has so much time to fix it before the public starts blaming him. >> and next year there's going to be something else, phil, as you know, more of these pg&e blackouts because we will not have had time to fix ts problem. >> but in the interim can we get the commitments and get a change in the course on this huge battleship called the single utility, because if we break it up, it's going to be like trying
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to change a tire on a car while it's still moving because you've got to keep the power going. can you make enough changes, can you get them up there, can we see some changes so that the public would be willing to invest both money and their patience for another couple years. if you can't solve it, at least try to shrink it down in the next 24 months to where i hate to say manageable because it's not manageable if it's your house. >> that's a good point. to your point, governor newsom does not want to get caught in the same spot gray davis did, not being prepared and not reacting. >> he's got a lot of building to do. >> thanks very much, phil. the insider with columns running every wednesday and sunday in "san francisco chronicle." thanks, phil. your food spoiled, your business was shut down. can you get reimbursed from pg&e? 7 on your side's michael finney has some answers. this is kristen sze. you may have seen a piece in "the new york times" declaring it's the ending of california as we know it. coming up we'll talk live with
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the writer about whether california really is over. and is it time to bail on the golden state? well, some have already made their decision. >> i may leave california. it's just entirely different. it's got so expensive and going through all this. >> probably wouldn't leave but i understand people that would want to. want to. >> i'm moving to ...6, 7, 8 want to. >> i'm moving to ♪ ♪ ♪ big dreams start with small steps... ...but dedication can get you there. so just start small... start saving. easily set, track and control your goals right from the chase mobile® app. ♪ ♪ chase. make more of what's yours®. shouldn't they go to prison for as long as the law allows? chesa boudin said he wouldn't seek maximum sentences
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customers. >> the governor is not pulling punches when it comes to pg&e certainly. almost daily he is hammering the company about how they run the company. >> michael finney takes a look at pg&e's pledge to give customers a one-time billing adjustment if they were part of the october 9th power shutdown, just that one. so who qualifies and could that change? >> there is a lot of lingo here. pg&e says it's making customer satisfaction adjustment because of the information problem surrounding the october 9th public safety power shutoff. what does all that mean? the october 9th public power safety shutoff sent thousands scrambling. some leaving the area, others buying generators or just waiting in the dark with flashlights. so some are asking is it fair for pg&e customers to bear the cost of a shutdown, especially that first one with all the confusion and lack of communication flowing from the utility to its customers. governor gavin newsom called on pg&e to reimburse customers and
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the utility agreed to pay residential customers $100 and business customers $250. here's the governor two days ago. >> while we are pleased that pg&e recognized their responsibility to the community by at least providing a baseline of support, and i recognize it's a modest step with these credits/rebates, we have an enormous amount of work to do to hold pacific gas and electric accountable. >> the consumer group says this is just barely a start. >> the state should actually demand that pg&e reimburse customers for all of their damages. that's not likely to happen. >> still, they are telling pg&e customers to keep track of out-of-pocket costs and file damage claims with pg&e. >> customers should not be suffering in silence. they should speak out, they should file claims. we can't ignore the enormous
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costs of these shutoffs. >> reporter: but pg&e says it plans no future power shutdown payments, saying the state approved the shutoffs. so why the payment for october 9th? well, pg&e says it is willing to make that payment because of issues with its information website and call center so customers went without communication and information. the utility leaving its customers literally and figuratively in the dark. those that have the money coming will get it automatically on their bill over the next couple of billing cycles, so if you are not reimbursed, what should you do? well, this is fluid. pg&e may never pay another dime for any shutdown, or it might. so keep receipts and notes so if payments or offered or ordered, you'll be ready to go. >> good advice. thank you, michael. shifting winds and the changing shape of our fires. cl
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>> being in the eye of a california firestorm is terrifying on its own. but understanding the changing weather forces that are driving that intensity could spark a longer lasting fear. >> the difference between a livable planet and an unlivable planet is not that many degrees increase in temperature. >> peter glick has been tracking the effects of climate change in california and around the world for decades. the patterns that have emerged can be measured in months of increased danger. looking back at the past 100 years, you can see the average temperature in california has risen 2.3 degrees fahrenheit during the five-month stretch between may and september. the summer fire season. and while temperatures alone aren't responsible for the devastating fire patterns in california, experts believe they're part of a dangerous and combustible mix of factors, now influencing the state's environment. >> over time, it's going to
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continue to get hotter and hotter as we've already seen happen. we know that means soils are going to get dryer. we know dry season is going to extend longer and longer. and that's bad news for fire frequency and fire intensity. >> and that evolution is now playing out on a staggering scale. watch what happened in the last decade alone. four of the top five largest wildfires in california had occurred in these ten years. >> these fires burn extremely hot with much vengeance and they go very quickly. >> the stress of fighting these mega infernos is taking a toll on manpower and resources, along with their frequency. scott mclean remembers starting an era when california's fire season lasts for several months. and now some consider it closer to year round. >> there are studies out there from the university of merced that shows that the fire season has extended over the last several decades from 60 to 70
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days longer now. >> there was nothing they can do with the wind. >> changes in the jetstream have also increased the frequency of high wind events, driving flames and embers, higher and farther. the cost is mounting. in the past two years alone, six of the ten most destructive wildfires in california occurred. the camp fire last year destroyed more than 18,000 structures and killed 85 people. more than any other wildfire in recorded history. so what lies ahead for the state? some argue that certain rural areas may become essentially unlivable, but experts like peter glick believe the future has as much to do with changing human behavior as it does with changing fire patterns. >> so it's partly a question of understanding what these risks are and thinking about how to adapt to them. california is not going to disappear, but we have to figure out how to deal with these more
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dangerous, more frequent events. >> and whether that means massive investment in the state's electrical grid and firefighting capability or changing our thinking of where and how we live, it's clear that one constant in california's future is change. i'm drew tuma, abc 7 news. well, what's happening with our weather and the power shutoffs is generating a lot of conversation. you're going to hear stwoounude poignant comments about it next. plus is this the end of california as we know it? we'll talk to a "new york times" columnist who posed that
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discuss counts and symptoms with your doctor. visit as we take a live look outside, the sun setting on the bay area, we want to talk about a letter win by a mountain view teenager. >> kay wrote a letter to the editor of "the new york times" about her future in relation to the power outages and the new normal. >> he is kate in her own words. >> i live less than two hours south of the kincade fire. the air is heavy with smoke and we were told not to go outside.
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countless people from the high school i attend have lost power and i know many others who have been evacuated from their owns. is this normal? there seems to always be a fire burning in california. last year during the camp fire my school cancelled classes, which was unheard of at the time. we were given the impression there would never be a fire of that severity again, and yet here we are. nothing has changed. i'm 16. i should not have to worry about the air quality or whether my power will be shut off and no one should fear that his or her home might burn down. more preventative measures must be taken to prevent future fires so that we never have to experience this again. >> thank you, kate. coincidentally, another mountain view resident appeared in "the new york times" almost on the same day. >> kristen sze has more on how it's striking a nerve. >> the mountain view resident is an opinion columnist for "the new york times." his piece is one of several twe apocalyptic picture of the
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golden state. he joins us now from his home. thanks for joining us. >> hey, good to be here. >> you've been in california for a long time. i know you were born elsewhere but you moved here. you're an immigrant like me, spent a lot of your life in southern california and 19 years here in the bay area. so you love this place, yet right now you are saying it's the end of california as we know it and i don't feel fine, those of us old enough to remember rem, have special meaning to that one. but you say i'm starting to feel we are over. why do you say that? >> i mean just look around us, right? like it's the fires, it's the fact to put the fires out we have to put the power out. the housing affordability, homelessness, traffic. traffic has gotten so bad. it's sort of all of the problems. the thing about all of these problems, they're all connected. they're all connected to this larger problem which is we have a lot of people here and we're not very sustainable in how we
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arrange those people either through like urban planning or transportation infrastructure. it's all very kind of haphazard and that leads to all of these breakdowns in how livable this place is. >> so you say we have these problems that are man made. yet to solve it you say that's hard because we've got the wrong design, wrong tech, wrong incentives and the wrong culture. that surprised me, right, because here we are thinking we are the heart of innovation. we've got the tech and we have this inclusive culture. so how could that all be wrong? >> yeah, i mean in some ways california is very inclusive and progressive. we passed forward-leaning environmental laws. we're trying to do our bit for climate change. in other ways we're not very progressive. it's very difficult to get a lot of housing built here, it's difficult to get more transportation infrastructure built here. when we do try to tackle problems, we tackle them for the rich and not everyone else. we spent a lot ofub and lyft in
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they have clogged up traffic and been good for people who have money to use uber and lyft but we haven't spent money on public transportation or as much. those are the kinds of fixes where they don't serve everyone or, you know, the one thing we've done for housing affordability is more and more people have to move further and further away from cities. that causes traffic and puts people in the area where they may be more prone to fire. all of our problems are connected in this way. i think if we were more inclusive, we would think about building more, think about transportation, public transportation, but those kind of things are much more difficult for this region, for this state to kind of do through public policy. >> that is certainly not easy, but i have to say with your article, you really hit a nerve. people either think you're spot on and totally agree, or they think you're one of the many doom sayers out there who are painting this unreal picture of california, because after all some of these problems that we struggle with other regions do
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too and your critics point out, look, we've done more to try to solve them and tackle these problems than other places. so what gives? >> yeah, i mean california has always been kind of like on the edge, right, and people have always said maybe it's over this time. we've just proven to be more and more attractive. so it's true, we have solved problems before, but i think that some of the problems that we have, things like traffic, things like sprawl, are problems that we in california kind of began and exported elsewhere. and then we should be -- you know, we were the leader in causing these problems and i think we should be the leader in solving them, especially through urban design, through planning, through infrastructure. those are the big things we lag behind other places. seattle is passing huge transportation bills, efforts to build more housing and we in california are sort of lagging behind those. >> yes, but as you said we should be leaders in solving these places. that suggests to me that you're not going anywhere. you're not packing up, moving
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out, you're going to stay and try to be part of the solution. am i right? >> that's right. i mean i'm staying. i feel like it's gotten more and more unlivable, but i'm staying. >> all right. thank you so much. dan and ama. >> great conversation with him. >> glad he's staying too. there's a lot of work to be done and he can help. we've talked a lot about the new normal in terms of fire, power, wind and what now, the mayor of healdsburg knows all about that. >> his city has been in the middle of it all, but he says the expression the new normal is more powerful than the catch phrase its become. >> new normal is something that's been tossed around quite a bit. but the new normal also includes the resiliency factor of the commities tt thents. the ability to bounce back. convert a community center where there's kids activities and soccer events, within a few hours welcoming people being evacuated from our neighboring
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communities. that's the part that i think really shines through when you talk about new normal and preparedness and ready to jump into action. >> it's amazing how people come together. we want to hear from you to continue this conversation. join our building a better bay area facebook page and let us know your thoughts. >> we love hearing from you. and i'll have some thoughts on what really matters at the
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a deadly halloween party snoo shooting in orinda have left people shocked and saddened. >> the victims are 22-year-old tiyon farley, omar taylor, ramon hill jr. and javon county all from the bay area. >> another four people were wounded at a party being held at a home on lucille way that had been rented through airbnb. >> nearly 100 people were packed into the home when the bullets started flying just before 11:00 p.m. police haven't released any information on the suspect. let's move on. cooler temperatures overnight but warmer days. >> look at this great outside. >> look at this great outside. spencer christian has the jill jill has entresto, and a na heart failure pill
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persist into mid-november. overnight look for low temperatures in the inland valleys dropping to the 30s in many spots. as a matter of fact, we have a frost advisory in effect from 2:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. the north bay may see lows in the upper 20s to low 30s. highs tomorrow will bounce back big-time. we'll have low 70s on the coast, mid-70s around the bay and upper 70s to near 80 in the mildest inland locations. here's the accuweather seven-day forecast. don't forget to fall back to standard time sunday morning or saturday night. saturday, sunday and monday we'll see inland high temperatures near 80 degrees, mid to upper 70s around the bay, upper 60s on the coast. there will be just a slight cooldown by a couple of degrees going into the middle of next week. >> thanks, spencer. let's talk about the warriors and steph curry and that injury. >> larry has the latest. >> get ready for life without steph for an extended period of time. the warriors star had surgery on his injured hand and he may need another procedure down the road. that's
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games. warriors are hosting the spurs tonight at chase center. coach steve kerr on the loss of the two-time mvp. >> i feel terrible for steph just like i feel awful for lun and jacob and klay. it's been kind of a crazy run, especially if you just lump it back together with the last couple of games of last season and the first four in this one over that six-game span. it's just insane what's happened. but we've had a lot of good fortune here too over the years. >> it could be a very long season, given what we've been used to with all the success. more injury news, by the way, 49ers lose line booker kwon alexander, torn pectoral muscle, out for the rest of the season. >> that's unfortunate. be sure to join us tonight at 11:00. trucks filled with donations. the effort in the south bay to help kincade fire victims in the north bay.
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go to to find out ways you can help people affected. together we can build a better bay area. well, finally tonight, to conclude this special hour from abc 7 news on the fires and the power outages, a few thoughts about what really matters. we've heard the phrase the new normal in connection with california's ever intensifying wildfires a lot in the past couple of years. in the past couple of weeks, we've added under the umbrella of those three words the new normal pg&e's power blackouts. that phrase implies in some sense that it's just the way it is, nothing we can really do and we have to accept it. but of course we don't. we don't have to accept that huge swaths of the state will burn every year or that our electricity will be cut off when it gets windy. yes, we cannot stop all wildfires, but we can lessen their frequency and intensity with more effective force management efforts and wiser decisions about where to build. and by making sure pg&e
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maintains and upgrades its system to reduce fires sparked by its lines. that alone will reduce the need for deliberate power shutoffs. the last couple of weeks are a new wake-up call. what really matters is we hear that alarm, find solutions together and act. i always love to hear from you. let me know what you think. follow me on twitter and facebook @danashleyabcev7. an >> that's going to do it. thanks for joining us. i'm ama daetz. >> and i'm dan ashley. for spencer christian, larry beil and the entire abc 7 news team, good night. >> what a difference a couple of days can make. this was the heart of the fire a couple of days ago. behind me you have members of e fire dus and congratulations from residents here. they saved their homes. >> thanks very much.
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