Dale Kasler, Govtech.com

Dale Kasler


Sacramento, CA, United States

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Past articles by Dale:

California Central Valley Hopes Strike Teams Help with Coronavirus Outbreak

As the Valley’s surging infection rate draws national attention, Gov. Gavin Newsom is dispatching three of his coronavirus “strike teams” to the region to help local officials track COVID clusters, inspect workplaces, quarantine the sick and ramp up testing. → Read More

Counties in Northern California to Cite Health Order Violators

The threat of fining or shutting down recalcitrant businesses is one that most local governments in California have been loathe to take, fearing it would stir anger among constituent businesses who believe their rights are being infringed. → Read More

Hospital Workers Getting Coronavirus on the job as Hospitals Push Back

Advocates for workers say there’s a reason why hospitals are generally reluctant to acknowledge infections are occurring on their properties: money.If workers can’t prove they contracted COVID-19 at work, the hospitals can avoid paying workers’ comp. → Read More

Lead found in CA school drinking water, state says. Is your local campus on the list?

Excessive traces of lead showed up in California schools’ drinking water, state officials said. Environmentalists said problems are widespread; state disagrees. → Read More

Dangerous levels of lead found in drinking water at 4 SLO County schools

Excessive traces of lead showed up in California schools’ drinking water, state officials said. Environmentalists said problems are widespread; state disagrees. → Read More

PG&E says it could pay 2017, 2018 wildfire victims. Here’s why that needs Legislature’s OK

PG&E Corp. floated a plan to the California Legislature to pay Camp Fire and other wildfire victims by issuing bonds through the state. Shareholders would repay the bonds out of future profits. → Read More

Newsom’s wildfire plan for PG&E, other utilities, needs two-thirds vote in Legislature

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s wildfire plan , unveiled in the Legislature as AB 1054, would require a two-thirds vote, according to the legislative counsel. Rolling over energy crisis fees is considered a tax. → Read More

PG&E faces more financial woes over California wildfires in wine country

The California Public Utilities Commission opened a “penalty case” against PG&E Corp. over the 2017 wine country wildfires. PUC fines utility $1.6 billion in San Bruno pipeline case. → Read More

Fire-ravaged Paradise water agency faces state ultimatum: Fix your cracked dam spillway

The Paradise Irrigation District, already in financial trouble after the Camp Fire, has been told by California water officials to fix Magalia Dam. The district is working with U.S. emergency officials on a federal funding plan → Read More

PG&E power line linked to 2,500-acre wildfire in Monterey County, Cal Fire official says

A downed PG&E Corp. power line has been linked to the Lonoak Fire in Monterey County, Cal Fire said Wednesday. → Read More

‘Golden State Power:’ PG&E lenders offer $30 billion and a new name for embattled utility

PG&E Corp. bondholders Tuesday proposed a $30 billion plan to pull the utility out of bankruptcy, including $16 billion for wildfire victims. → Read More

Gavin Newsom unveils $24 billion plan to tackle wildfires, PG&E bankruptcy

California Governor Gavin Newsom released a $24 billion plan Friday to pay for future California wildfires and address the PG&E bankruptcy. Customers’ utility bills won’t go up if lawmakers support it. → Read More

Will utility rates go up under Gavin Newsom’s wildfire plan? It’s complicated.

California Governor Gavin Newsom will keep an extra charge on PG&E customers to pay for some of his $24 billion wildfire plan. Utility companies would also need to contribute, according to the proposal. → Read More

After Camp Fire, PG&E found hundreds of ‘immediate safety risk’ problems on equipment

PG&E Corp. said Wednesday that its inspectors found hundreds of problems on its transmission towers, power poles and substations as it geared up for wildfire season. → Read More

How DNA tech used in Golden State Killer case could help ID last two Camp Fire victims

Scientists might be able to use the same DNA methods to identify victims of the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, that was used to ID the Golden State Killer. There are still two people that are unidentified. → Read More

California seeks 100% clean energy. Why PG&E’s bankruptcy could imperil that plan

A Bankruptcy Court judge ruled the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission can’t block PG&E from exiting contracts to buy solar, wind and other renewable energy. → Read More

California electric grid operators issue ‘flex alert,’ ask for conservation

The California Independent System Operator, which runs the state’s electricity grid, asked Californians to reduce energy and power use from 4 to 10 p.m. Wednesday during a heatwave. → Read More

Update: Yolo wildfire grows slightly, PG&E power outages continue in Northern California

The Sand Fire in Rumsey, Yolo County, grew to 1,800 acres, Cal Fire said Sunday. PG&E’s power outage blackout in parts of the Sacramento Valley in California, including Paradise, remained in effect. → Read More

PG&E starts Northern California power blackouts in 3 counties under wildfire threat

PG&E used deliberate power blackouts Saturday in parts of Yolo, Napa and Solano counties in Northern California as part of its “wildfire prevention” plan. High winds created “red flag” conditions. → Read More

California’s largest wildfire was caused by a hammer, Cal Fire says

Cal Fire said Thursday that the Ranch Fire of the Mendocino Complex was caused by a property owner hammering a stake. It was the largest wildfire in California history. It burned in Lake, Colusa, Glenn counties. → Read More