Re: Blackouts in Hell-A?

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Posted by mrsjiggy at on January 20, 2001 at 21:08:24:

In Reply to: Blackouts in Hell-A? posted by Chuz Boy on January 20, 2001 at 15:27:09:

Now, I can't say for certain that L.A. has not been troubled by the
annoying blackouts nor can I say for certain that filming of the movie
hasn't been affected. However, I CAN say that all reports indicate that is
highly unlikely. Here are a few key indicators. On the first day of these
"rolling blackouts" it was reported where they hit. Those who paid
attention to the entire story would know that the blackouts were primarily
affecting people in Northern Califonia. That includes the Bay Area and the
Central Valley. I grabbed this from a news site so you can read it for

"Earlier Wednesday, the blackouts were ordered shortly before noon local
time in areas of northern and central California and affected between
200,000 to 500,000 Pacific Gas and Electric Co. customers in the San
Francisco area, and thousands more in Sacramento, Modesto and Turlock."

That same new source reported this the following day:

"Utilities refused to disclose which areas were blacked out, but the
effects were obvious: Traffic lights went out for a second day across the
San Francisco Bay area, causing fender-benders in Palo Alto. Computer
screens went dark, heaters and bank machines were silent and lights went
out in classrooms."

So, basically to sum up, I'd like to say a couple of things as a resident
of the northern part of the state. Regardless of common myths to the
contrary, California is not three miles wide and ten miles high. We don't
all live near the beach nor do we all live just outside of Los Angeles. The
Northern part of the state is completely different than the Southern part.
Once you get to Fresno or a little farther north....things are different.
Attitudes, scenery, mentality and SO much more! PG&E has been the
electricity provider primarily affected and they don't even exist in the
immediate Los Angeles area.

In the last couple of weeks I have heard people on NPR say that California
has no dairy industry (HA! They ought to step outside my house and take a
deep breath) and others that have generally made it sound as if they do not
understand just how vast California is. So, I'm venting.

To go back to at least attempting to make this somewhat on topic, I will
remind you that I will not pretend to be 100% certain that Los Angeles and
the filming of the movie has not been afected, but from where I stand, I
doubt it. Especially since Kevin seemed to keep us all up to date by
posting each evening after filming and didn't mention anything of the sort.

Now, pop quiz, how many people can actually say they know where Modesto and
Turlock are located? (see the first reference in the first news clipping I
posted above).

Sorry for venting. I guess the time was bound to come.

: Kevin, has shooting been affected by the blackouts in California, and if
not, is it luck, or is God making sure he gets to see your movie on time?
Just curious.

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