California’s wildfire losses and their associated costs could be more than double what’s been reported, according to the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST). In it’s recently-released report, “The Costs of Wildfire in California: An Independent Review of Scientific and Technical Information,” CCST states that the data currently available fails to account for unquantifiable losses, such as public health impacts, resulting in inaccurate costs.
Governor Gavin Newsom announced today that California educational agencies will each receive a portion of $5.3 billion to mitigate losses and provide distance learning support to millions of students across the state. The Governor also signed an executive order charging state agencies with improving and expanding the state's broadband infrastructure to provide high-speed internet access to all Californians.
Some energy-related news stories we've been reading this week ... California PG&E Names 11 New Board Members as Part of Bankruptcy Overhaul The San Francisco parent of Pacific Gas and Electric Co. said six of the new directors are from California, in keeping with the desires of state officials. PG&E agreed to “substantial modifications” to its board in a bankruptcy deal with Gov. Gavin Newsom this year. (San Francisco Chronicle, June 11) PG&E’s Oakland Move Could Break Records with $892 Million Purchase Option PG&E Corp.’s move from San Francisco to Oakland could shatter real estate records as the utility considers [...]