Press Release

Monday, December 2, 2019

By Evan Symon / California Globe

Both battery and diesel power has been proposed by bill authors

Three new bills requiring cell phone and electric companies to provide emergency backup power to cell towers and hospitals will be introduced in Sacramento next year.

The Three Bills

One of the bills would require cell phone providers to have at least 72 hours of emergency backup power at all of their towers in areas projected to be affected by wildfires, which also includes areas where voluntary shutdowns to reduce the chances of wildfires would be.

Another bill would give emergency backup battery packs or battery-powered chargers to customers who live in areas affected by long-term planned blackouts.

A different bill that would allow hospitals to run diesel generators during a planned blackout is also planned, and would change laws that currently bar such a generator from running due to air pollution concerns.

Monday, December 2, 2019

By Phillipe Djegal / Kron 4

ORINDA (KRON) — The loss of cell phone service during public safety power shutoffs is unacceptable.

That’s the word from East Bay State Senator Steve Glazer.

During a news conference in Orinda Wednesday, Glazer announced proposed legislation to keep cell towers powered up when PG&E pulls the plug.

Depending on your cell phone carrier, in Orinda during last months PG&E public safety power shutoffs, you either got lucky and did not lose reception.

“We did not — but we had Verizon,” said resident Taylor Hurt. 

Others struggled for service.

Andrea Picco works in Orinda and said the loss of service was very frustrating. 

“I had to walk down to the corner to the stop sign and make a call,” she said. 

The Federal Communications Commission says more than three-percent of the state’s cell sites were out of service due to the shutoffs at the end of october.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Pleasanton Weekly

$750,000 in state funds acquired to create one-year pilot program

Top prosecutors and elected officials in Alameda and Contra Costa counties joined together Wednesday to announce new funding and strategies aimed at preventing illegal dumping and waste.

Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley, Pleasanton's representative whose district also includes parts of Oakland that are affected by the problem, said something must be done because illegal dumping is "a plague on our society" and affects residents' quality of life.

Joining Miley and others at a news conference at the Alameda County District Attorney's Office in Oakland, Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (D-Orinda) said she has secured $750,000 in state funds to allow for the creation of a one-year pilot program in Alameda and Contra Costa counties that will focus on increased law enforcement efforts to combat illegal dumping.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

By Amy Hollyfield / ABC 7 

$750,000 in State Funding Secured For Illegal Dumping Pilot Program for Contra Costa and Alameda Counties

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Funding secured by efforts of Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, Alameda District Attorney Nancy O’Malley and Contra Costa District Attorney Diana Becton

(Oakland) Today, Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (D-Orinda) joined Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley, Contra Costa District Attorney Diana Becton, Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley and Contra Costa County Supervisor Burgis to announce funding for a one-year pilot program to combat illegal dumping in the two counties.