Sep 17, 2020
Greek police begin moving asylum-seekers into new camp
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KARA TEPE, Greece (AP) — A Greek police operation is underway on the island of Lesbos to move thousands of migrants and refugees left homeless after a fire destroyed their overcrowded camp into a new facility on the island.
Police said Thursday morning’s operation included 70 female police officers who were approaching asylum-seekers with the aim of persuading them to move to the new camp in the island’s Kara Tepe area.No violence was reported as the operation began.
The notoriously squalid Moria camp burned down last week in fires that Greek authorities said were deliberately set by a small group of the camp’s inhabitants angered by lockdown restrictions imposed after a coronavirus outbreak.
The blazes have left more than 1,200 people in need of emergency shelter. The vast majority have been sleeping rough by the side of a road leading from Moria to the island capital of Mytilene, erecting makeshift shelters made of sheets, blankets, reeds and cardboard.
The new camp consists of large family tents erected in a field by the sea. By Wednesday night, it had a capacity of around 8,000 people, according to the UN refugee agency, but only around 1,100 mostly vulnerable people had entered.
New arrivals are tested for the coronavirus, registered and assigned a tent.
“This is an operation for the protection of public health and with a clear humanitarian content,” the police said in a statement.
Six Afghans, including two minors, were arrested on suspicion of causing last week’s fires at Moria. The blazes broke out after isolation orders were issued during a generalized camp lockdown, when 35 people tested positive for the coronavirus.
Moria had a capacity of just over 2,700 people, but more than 12,500 people had been living in and around it when it burned down. The camp and its squalid conditions were held up by critics as a symbol of Europe’s failed migration policies.
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El Dorado County To Start Process of Moving From PG&E To Pioneer Community Energy
EL DORADO COUNTY (CBS13) — El Dorado County is no stranger to dealing with Public Safety Power Shutoffs from Pacific Gas and Electric Company; the most recent one wrapped up on Monday night.
“Nobody likes having their power shut off,” Johanna Kay from Cameron Park, said.
“For my girlfriend, she takes care of her grandpa,” Nikayah Cunningham from Cameron Park, said. “He always needs to have power because he’s hooked up to machines.”
But, the county may not be dealing with PG&E directly in the future.
“We looked at does it make sense to join another agency that is up and operating? And that’s where our connection with Pioneer Community Energy started,” John Hidahl, Vice-Chair of the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors, said.
The county Board of Supervisors is now starting the formal process to join a community choice aggregation program with Pioneer Community Energy. It voted Tuesday to start the gathering of essential data and information for this process. This would include the unincorporated areas of the county’s west slope but not Placerville or South Lake Tahoe.
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The nonprofit governmental program would buy energy from PG&E, but it would still be transmitted through the lines owned by PG&E, which means shutoffs can still happen. So why is El Dorado County wanting to do this when it means nothing will change when it comes to the shutoff?
Hidahl says aside from cost savings, there’s potential for more local control if any changes made at the state level when it comes to PG&E’s infrastructure.
“That if the state and the CPUC decides that they want to change what’s going on in Northern California with respect to PG&E service, there may be an opportunity for CCAs to consider buyouts of certain portions of infrastructure that PG&E owns,” Hidahl said.
Some are supportive of making the shift away from the utility giant.
“On one hand, it’d be nice to have other options. Everybody’s always looking for cheaper electricity,” Jim Edmiston from Pollock Pines said.
Others aren’t charged up about it.
“I think it’s going to be mostly futile or mostly symbolic,” Randal Smith from Pollock Pines said. “But, it’s kind of the obvious beginning place.”
Hidahl tells CBS13 they hope to have this process finished by the end of the year. Customers are still able to stay with PG&E if they wish to after the potential move is finalized.