Following this year’s Public Safety Power Shutoffs throughout California by PG&E, San Jose will receive up to $500,000 in state funds to cover the costs of the shutoffs from July through Oct. 31, 2022.
“We’re grateful to Gov. (Gavin) Newsom and our partners at State, such as Sen. (Jim) Beall, who’ve worked to reimburse the City of San Jose for stepping up to protect our community and their public safety from PG&E’s ongoing blackouts,” San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said in a statement Nov. 1.
“These additional State resources will help ensure our scarce City dollars fund critical services upon which all our residents depend,” the statement read.
Costs incurred by the city over the next three years through October 2022 could include the purchase and operation of generators at “essential facilities,” emergency communications equipment, “the development of contingency and emergency plans for electrical disruptions,” “post-event reports,” public education and outreach materials, and one-time costs incurred by opening resource centers.
“We should not accept these actions as the new normal,” Sen. Jim Beall said in a statement. “PG&E’s lack of preparedness has meant increased burdens on the state and local governments. For the near future, the state and local governments must partner together to keep our neighborhoods safe.”
Gov. Gavin Newsom recently announced a $75 million state program in one-time General Fund monies in the 2019 Budget Act to help local governments bounce back from the affects of the shutoffs.
At least $150,000 will go to each of 58 California’s counties, with $500,000 each going to San Jose, Los Angeles, San Diego and Oakland.
An additional $8 million will be available in competitive grant funding to other cities and $1.5 million will go to competitive grants for tribal governments, according to the governor’s office.
The Governor’s Office of Emergency Services will administer the grants.