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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010 7B PG&E offering compensation for extended outages If you are a residential cus- tomer and have gone without power for at least 48 hours due to severe storm conditions, you may qualify for a pay- ment under PG&E's Safety Net Program. This program provides for the automatic payment of $25-$100, which is paid about 60 days fol- lowing the storm outage. While crews and emergency response teams at PG&E do everything they can to keep the lights on, there are rare occasions when Mother Na- ture impacts their ability to keep power flowing to every customer. PG&E understands how in- convenient it is for customers who go without power for 48 hours or longer due to severe events, such as a storm. That is why PG&E created the fol- lowing: Call the outage hotline at 1- 888-PGE-4PGE or 1-888-743- 4743 to speak with someone about your particular outage. PG&E will provide pay- ments to residential customers it determines were without power for more than 48 hours due to a severe storm. The payments will range from $25 up to $100, depending on the length of the outage. PG&E is working to mini- mize the potential for outage problems in the future. The Storm Inconvenience Payment provision of the Safety Net Program applies to residential customers only (rate schedules E-l, E-6, E-7, E- 8, E-9, CA-7, EM, ES, ESR, and ET); customers also may be enrolled in programs such as CARE and medical baseline. Businesses, agricultural ac- counts, multi-family building common areas, streetlights and all other customers other than residential customers are ineligible for Storm Incon- venience Payments. Storm Inconvenience Pay- ments will not be issued to customers in areas where ac- cess to PG&E's electric facili- ties was blocked (mud slides, road closures or other access issues). The outage must have oc- curred during a major weath- er-related event that caused significant damage to PG&E's electric distribution system. (Customers who experience an extended outage of 24 hours or longer not related to a storm or severe event, may be eligible for a payment un- der the Service Guarantee Program.) The outage must have last- ed more that 48 hours. Storm Inconvenience Pay- ments are in increments of $25 ($100 maximum per event). Payment levels are based on the length of the customer's outage: 48 to 72 hours $25 72 to 96 hours $50 96 to 120 hours $75 120 hours or more $100 Both bundled-service and direct-access residential cus- tomers qualify for Storm In- convenience Payments. Storm Inconvenience Pay- ments will be issued to the customer of record. A customer with multiple residential services such as a primary residence and a vaca- tion home is eligible for Storm Inconvenience Payments at each location where there was a storm.related outage of more than 48 hours. Customers must have an open account (service agreement) in good standing at the time of the outage and at the time payment is issued (generally 45 to 60 days after the event). For master-metered ac- counts such as mobile home parks, the customer of record will receive the Storm Incon- venience Payment. Partisan vote kills Logue's global warming suspension bill Sam Williams Staff Writer swilliams@lassennews.com California Assemblyman Dan Logue plans to continue his fight to improve the busi- ness climate in the Golden State despite a vote along party lines last week that killed a bill that would have suspended implementation of the California Global Warm- ing Act, Assembly Bill 32, un- til the state's unemployment rate drops to 5.5 percent. Logue's legislation, Assem- bly Bill 118, was rejected Jan. 11 by a 6-3 vote in the Assem- bly Natural Resources Com- mittee. Three Republican as- semblymen voted for the bill and six Demo.cratic assem- blymen voted against it. Chandra Brown, a spokesperson in Logue's of- rice, said even though the bill failed, there was a great turnout at the committee hearing from those who sup- port the bill, job creation in California and improving the state's economy. Despite the bill's failure, Brown said Logue plans to sponsor a referendum to sus- pend AB 32 in an effort to "help the economy get on its feet again." "Economic reality is being completely disregarded," Logue said, "and AB 32 im- plementation is already hav- ing a devastating effect on California businesses and the state economy. Many in busi- ness see no way to comply with its draconian require- ments and as a consequence are leaving California, taking valuable jobs with them." According to a press re- lease from Logue's office, the estimated costs of imple- menting AB 32 could range from tens of billions of dol- lars tO several hundred bil- lion dollars between 2012 and 2020--at a time when Califor- nia suffers an economic cri- sis and state residents face record high unemployment rates. When AB 32 was Signed in- to law in 2006, the state's un- employment rate was 4.8 per- cent. Three years later, as the state drafts and implements the associated regulations of AB 32, the unemployment rate is well over 12 percent according to Logue's release. lJ/ky do we continue to fall for fad diets to lose weight? HERE'S TO YOUR HEALTH AURA WHITTAKER Fad diets are easy for just about anyone to fall for. When we make up our minds to lose weight, sometimes we are tempted to take drastic mea- sures. But beware, quick weight loss usually does not have lasting results. Fad diets have many defini- tions and some red flags to watch for include: Recommendations that promise a quick fix Dire warnings of dangers from a single product or regimen Claims that sound too good to be true Simplistic conclusions drawn from a complex study Recommendations based on a single study Dramatic statements that are refuted by a reputable sci- entific organization Recommendations made to help sell a product Recommendations based on studies published without re- view by other researchers Recommendations from HIG HW~rom :page 6B "~' FREE ESTIMATES Free Advice The contract will be a HUB (historically underutilized business) zone set-aside. This type of contract helps federal agencies provide work for com- panies in economically dis- tressed areas. Mannle said the companies bidding on the con- tract would not be very large. The project is expected to be advertised by mid-February. The supervisors could not, however, approve the third piece of the puzzle the weight restriction suspen- sion because it involves ,Cou~W,~code. ..... : ~ , : "Can we do that--just sus~ pend county code?" asked Simpson. "I'm not going to wing it," said County Counsel James Reichle. "I don't have an an- swer today. But you can OK the intent today." Which the supervisors promptly did. Simpson expressed her hope the construction would be "a tiny boost for the economy." "You will be surprised, even shocked, at the amount of roadwork in Plumas County next summer," Mannle replied. Are You Possible tax professionals help you possiblededuction & credit. First Time Homebuyer Credit ... Sales Tax on New Vehicles Energy Credits 3n Credits & yment Income Exemptioni, Personal & Business Taxes. Available All Year! Free Efiling & Fast Refunds Webcam & Phone Interviews Available , Theobald & Auman, Offices: Susanville ~~ :~:y%. 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Quick weight loss has been shown to last only as long as the diet that helped you lose the weight in the first place. Once the diet is stopped, the'lost weight usually comes back fast. Another big problem with fad diets is they tend not to en- courage exercise. Developing a physically active lifestyle along with a healthy eating plan helps you maintain your weight loss over a time. You will never be very healthy if you do not exercise in sonie way or another. That's the bottom line., The best way to lose weight is to eata healthy diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy and lean meats, combined with car- diovascular and muscle/bone- strengthening exercises. A diet, by definition, is a cer- tain way of eating, not neces- sarily for weight loss, but most likely for better overall health. For better health, make perma- nent lifestyle changes and avoid temporary fixes. 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