Santa Clara County declares emergency over PG&E power shutoff

Mountain View outside of shutoff zone; PG&E delays shutoff in Santa Clara County to 8 p.m. Wednesday

The highlighted portions in the above map indicate which sections of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties will be impacted by a planned power outage by PG&E at noon on Oct. 9. Photo courtesy city of Palo Alto.

Santa Clara County workers who have been striking since last week are postponing the work stoppage until further notice because of PG&E's Public Safety Power Shutoff affecting the area.

County employees with Service Employees International Union Local 521 had been striking since Oct. 2 but are back to work Thursday amid the shutoff affecting much of the Bay Area and beyond.

"Our decision to postpone all strike activities was taken out of our concern for public safety and our desire to fully support the needs of the residents who our members serve every single day," SEIU Local 521 chapter president Janet Diaz said in a statement.

The union has accused the county of an unfair labor practice charge, saying the Department of Family and Children's Services was restructured without bargaining with employees.

"Our decision to postpone work stoppage activities does not cancel our unfair labor practices strike," Diaz said. "Our members will remain ready to return to the picket lines at moment's notice."

Santa Clara County Executive Jeffrey Smith says the county remains open to negotiations as union workers postponed their strike Thursday morning due to PG&E's power shutoff.

"This emergency is a reminder of the vital role the county serves in our community," Smith said in a statement. "This suspension of strike activity today was in keeping with this mission of public service."

He added that the county "continues to be hopeful for a resolution that results in a fair, equitable and sustainable contract. We are ready to meet for the next round of negotiations as soon as SEIU leadership is ready and willing to meet with us."

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by Total scam
a resident of another community
on Oct 9, 2019 at 9:02 pm

I just pulled up the wind speed map on and there are only a few small spots in the entire Bay Area with anything over 10mph as far out as that forecast goes (3am). What’s the deal with this shutdown?

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Posted by Windy
a resident of Shoreline West
on Oct 10, 2019 at 6:43 am

The high winds are at altitude, where they hit the tall high voltage power lines and the distribution systems going through the hills.

Check out and use the slider on the right to see the difference between the forecasts higher up versus at the ground that show up on the usual weather sites

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Posted by mike
a resident of Monta Loma
on Oct 10, 2019 at 12:09 pm

Be advised that your cell phone's tower may not be equipped with "standby" power alternators.

3 people like this
Posted by From Here
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 10, 2019 at 9:19 pm

Oh my. No power what are we going to do! Idiots won’t be able to charge their Tesla’s and may not be able to use their precious phone. What a joke this town is now.

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