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Power outages caused some Ravenswood schools to close this week, frustrating board members

Original post made on Feb 25, 2023

Students are back in classrooms Friday, Feb. 24, following several school closures across the Ravenswood City School District schools closed due to weather-related power outages.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, February 24, 2023, 3:41 PM

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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 25, 2023 at 12:01 pm

Jerry is a registered user.

'Latu called the treatment "crimes against our kids."'

Wow, that's a bit of an over the top statement, I think. Yet another example of the hyperbolic-speak world we live in.

'Eger said solar panels are now installed at each school and should help in case of power grid disruptions, but there are no plans to install generators at schools.'

Wrong answer. Generators are relatively reliable and don't depend on sunny days to recharge them. Despite their perceived lack of eco-friendliness, I'd take a generator over a battery wall any day of the week.

The takeaway here is that the school district has spent absolutely zero time considering disaster planning. Hope that gets addressed soon.

Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 25, 2023 at 1:50 pm

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I do agree that schools have no disaster planning, but for this one I don't blame the schools as here we do not expect to be without power for days at a time.

The real problem is that whether we are talking about PG&E or Palo Alto Utilities, they are completely inefficient, unreliable, and very antisocial. They think that a few hours of being in the dark is not a problem. They are wrong. This is much more inconvenient than a few hours in the dark. When businesses have to close, food has to be thrown out, people are unable to shower, sleep in a warm house, do laundry, and as in this case when schools have to close, this is serious bad management.

We are not in the remote foothills of the Sierra. We are in a flat area of Silicon Valley with a population of millions. We deserve better service than we are getting.

Get all residential areas' powerlines underground. Don't blame the weather, the trees, helium balloons or the wildlife. Reduce the potential for outages by having them out of harms' way. Get with it. Give us efficient and reliable electricity.

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