Jonathan J. Cooper, The Associated Press

Jonathan J. Cooper

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Sacramento, CA, United States

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Recent articles by Jonathan J.:

California's wildfire, blackout crisis: Who's to blame?

The utility that serves more than 5 million electrical customers in one of the world's most technologically advanced areas is now faced again and again with a no-win decision: risk starting catastrophic deadly wildfires, or turn off the lights and immiserate millions of paying customers. → Read More

California faces fraught path out of wildfire, power crisis

The utility that serves more than 5 million electrical customers in one of the world’s most technologically advanced areas is now faced again and again wit → Read More

California faces fraught path out of wildfire, power crisis

The utility that serves more than 5 million electrical customers in one of the world’s most technologically advanced areas is now faced again and again wit → Read More

California faces fraught path out of wildfire, power crisis

KOMO 4 TV provides news, sports, weather and local event coverage in the Seattle, Washington area including Bellevue, Redmond, Renton, Kent, Tacoma, Bremerton, SeaTac, Auburn, Mercer Island, Bothell, Shoreline, Lynnwood, Mill Creek and Everett. → Read More

California crisis of fires, blackouts decades in the making

California’s Pacific Gas & Electric is faced regularly with a no-win choice between risking the start of a deadly wildfire or immiserating millions of paying customers by shutting of the power → Read More

California crisis of fires, blackouts decades in the making

The utility that serves more than 5 million electrical customers in one of the world's most technologically advanced areas is now faced again and again with a no-win decision: risk starting catastrophic deadly wildfires, or turn off the lights and immiserate millions of paying customers. → Read More

California crisis of fires, blackouts decades in the making

The utility that serves more than 5 million electrical customers in one of the world’s most technologically advanced areas is now faced again and again with a no-win decision: risk starting... → Read More

California crisis of fires, blackouts decades in the making

The utility that serves more than 5 million electrical customers in one of the world’s most technologically advanced areas is now faced again and again with a no-win decision: risk starting catastrophic deadly wildfires, or turn off the lights and immiserate millions of paying customers. Pacific Gas → Read More

Sanctuary city initiative divides liberal Tucson, Arizona

Tucson is widely credited as the birthplace of the 1980s Sanctuary Movement, an effort by churches to help refugees from Central America and shield them from deportation. Now, as President Donald Trump's immigration policies put renewed focus on the treatment of people who come to the United States without authorization, the progressive southern Arizona city is again grappling with what it means… → Read More

Utility Says Power Lines May Have Set Two California Fires

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. power lines may have started two wildfires over the weekend in the San Francisco Bay Area, the utility said → Read More

Utility says power lines may have started 2 California fires

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said Monday its power lines may have started two wildfires over the weekend in the San Francisco Bay Area. The fires described in PG&E reports to state regulators match blazes that destroyed a tennis club and forced urgent evacuations in the town of Lafayette, about 22 miles east of San Francisco. PG&E told the California Public Utilities… → Read More

Bigger, longer blackouts could lie ahead in California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A wildfire in California wine country that may have been caused by a high-voltage transmission line called into question Pacific Gas & Electric's strategy of selectively... → Read More

Bigger, longer blackouts could lie ahead in California

California's biggest utility admitted its electrical equipment may have ignited a destructive wildfire spreading through the state's wine country Friday, despite blackouts imposed across the region to prevent blazes. → Read More

Suspension sought for politician in human trafficking case

PHOENIX (AP) - The governing board in Arizona's most populous county took the first step Wednesday toward suspending an elected official accused of running a human smuggling scheme involving pregnant women from the Marshall Islands who were brought to the U.S. to give birth for adoptions. The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to notify Assessor Paul Petersen that it plans a… → Read More

Suspension sought for politician in human trafficking case

PHOENIX (AP) - The governing board in Arizona's most populous county took the first step Wednesday toward suspending an elected official accused of running a human smuggling scheme involving pregnant women from the Marshall Islands who were brought to the U.S. to give birth for adoptions. The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to notify Assessor Paul Petersen that it plans a… → Read More

Arizona quietly suspends Medicaid work requirement

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona quietly suspended plans to require about 120,000 people to work, volunteer or go to school to receive Medicaid benefits, as courts have taken a dim view of similar mandates in other states. The decision is another setback to efforts by President Donald Trump and his allies in many Republican-led states to put conditions on low-income people seeking taxpayer funded… → Read More

Marshallese president applauds arrest in adoptions case

PHOENIX (AP) - The president of the Republic of the Marshall Islands on Thursday applauded U.S. authorities for arresting an Arizona elected official accused of running an illegal adoption scheme involving pregnant Marshallese women. → Read More

Lawyer says Arizona official miscast as human smuggler

A lawyer for an Arizona elected official charged in three states with facilitating an illegal international adoption scheme said Tuesday prosecutors have miscast his client as a human smuggler. Attorney Matt Long said Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen cares deeply for the mothers from the Marshall Islands whom he connected with adoptive parents in the United States. → Read More

Do California power shutoffs work? Hard to know, experts say

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Millions of Californians spent part of the week in the dark in an unprecedented effort by the state's large electrical utilities to prevent another devastating wildfire. It... → Read More

Do California power shutoffs work? Hard to know, experts say

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Millions of Californians spent part of the week in the dark in an unprecedented effort by the state's large electrical utilities to prevent another devastating wildfire. It was the fifth time Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has pre-emptively cut the power but by far the largest to date in the utility's effort to prevent a deadly wildfire sparked by its power lines. → Read More