As many of you know, PG&E has begun to implement aspects of its Community Wildfire Safety Program to reduce the risk of fire in high-danger areas such as the San Lorenzo Valley. Our office has received dozens upon dozens of calls and emails from constituents confused about the scope of the program and the rights and responsibilities they have as property owners in responding to PG&E’s requests to conduct enhanced vegetation removal as authorized by the California Public Utilities Commission. We understand the need to clear power lines and poles of vegetation that could contribute fuel to a fire. But we are equally concerned about PG&E replacing and repairing aging infrastructure that makes our area even more vulnerable to fire. That is the topic of a letter to PG&E that we co-signed with Assemblymember Mark Stone, urging the utility to provide information about repairing and replacing its infrastructure. My recent column in the Press Banner also focuses on our concerns about the Wildfire Safety Program. And lastly, at our office’s request, PG&E provided FAQs about their program, which are posted on the County’s website.
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