Magazine October 5, 2020, Issue

The Heart of California’s Darkness

Power lines and towers in L.A. (Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images)
Policy, not just fire, has contributed to the blackouts

California is in agony: Riots have raged uncontrolled, and so have fires — some of them wildfires consuming the woods in places such as Plumas and Butte Counties, some of them arson consuming shops in Hollywood and the courthouse in Oakland. In 2018 and 2019, nearly 800 businesses left the state, according to the Hoover Institution — last November, Charles Schwab announced that it is moving its headquarters from San Francisco to a Dallas suburb. As a heat wave rolled over the Bay Area, where many homes do not have air-conditioning, residents were forced to stay inside with their windows

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