SoCal Edison cuts power to more than 5,000 homes

More than 8,000 Southern California Edison customers were without power on Thanksgiving evening, with 100,000 more at risk of having the lights turned out as high winds led to elevated wildfire risk, officials said.

Homes in Los Angeles, Orange, Kern and San Bernardino counties were affected by outages as part of the utility company’s public safety power shutoff program, which is intended to reduce the risk that electrical systems become an ignition point for wildfires.

As of 9:30 p.m., 3,015 customers were without power in Ventura County, while 2,679 customers lost service in Orange County, according to an outage map managed by the utility company. Roughly 1,200 residences in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties were also affected by the shutdowns by late Thursday night, the company said.

An additional 102,440 customers were in line to have their power shut off in Ventura, L.A., Kern, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino

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SoCal Edison cuts power to more than 5,000 homes on Thanksgiving amid wildfire concerns

More than 5,000 Southern California Edison customers in Ventura and Los Angeles counties were without power on Thanksgiving evening, with 100,000 more at risk of having the lights turned out as high winds led to elevated wildfire risk, officials said.



a traffic light hanging from a pole: A Southern California Edison lineman grounds a power line in La Habra. (Los Angeles Times)


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A Southern California Edison lineman grounds a power line in La Habra. (Los Angeles Times)

Homes in areas including Simi Valley, Moorpark and Santa Clarita were affected by outages as part of the utility company’s public safety power shutoff program, which is intended to reduce the risk that electrical systems become an ignition point for wildfires.

As of 5 p.m., 3,015 customers were without power in Ventura County and 2,127 in L.A. County, according to an outage map managed by the utility company. An additional 106,461 customers could see their power shut off in Ventura, L.A., Kern, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, depending

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Medicare cuts to seniors in nursing homes during COVID-19 is unfathomable

Americans living in nursing homes during the last several months face the greatest health challenges residents of these facilities have ever experienced.



Medicare cuts to seniors in nursing homes during COVID-19 is unfathomable


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Medicare cuts to seniors in nursing homes during COVID-19 is unfathomable

COVID-19 has changed everything. It has caused heartache for families who have lost a loved one or have not been able to visit a parent or grandparent. For residents who are recovering from the disease, there can be months or years of rehabilitation in front of them.

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Yet the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is cutting funding for care to nursing facility residents, even though CMS was taking unprecedented action to protect the health and safety of our nation’s patients and the providers of their care in the wake of the initial coronavirus outbreak.

There could be no worse time to slash services. People living in nursing homes are among the

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Shaq cuts $3 million off asking price for Florida home

Maybe the price was too Shaq-sized?

NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal has cut $3 million off the asking price of his Windermere, Florida, mansion, from $19.5 million to $16.5 million.

O’Neal bought the home in 1993 for a little under $4 million after being drafted by the Orlando Magic, and he’s owned it since, even as his career took him around the country.

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The 31,000-square-foot home includes 12 bedrooms, according to the listing. It’s also packed with amenities like a cigar bar with a walk-in humidor, a theater, an aquarium and a full-size, 6,000-square-foot indoor basketball court. There’s also a showroom garage with room for at

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Metro Trains cuts off cleaning contractor

Metro Trains has terminated its contract with the cleaning contractor accused of paying secret kickbacks to one of its managers.

Chief Executive of Metro Trains Raymond O’Flaherty said on Friday he had given notice to Transclean that its agreement was being terminated and a new cleaner sought.

The move comes after the last day of public hearings for the Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission’s Operation Esperance about alleged misconduct relating to Melbourne’s trains.

The investigation has revealed carriages were not cleaned properly during the city’s first wave of coronavirus, an issue Mr O’Flaherty said would be rectified with a new cleaner.

Transclean managing director George Haritos was questioned for a second time on Friday at IBAC and repeatedly denied all wrongdoing, even after listening to damning tapped phone calls with Metro Trains manager Peter Bollas and V/Line chief James Pinder.

Counsel assisting the commission Paul Lawrie put to Mr Haritos that

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Repeated price cuts for Vancouver condo finally flush out a buyer

1233 Cordova St., No. 1204, Vancouver

Asking price: $2.298 million

Selling price: $2.165 million

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Previous selling price: $1,240,000 (2009); $425,000 (2003)

Days on market: 150

Taxes: $6,252.33 (2020)

Monthly maintenance fee: $719.23

Buyer’s agent: Nicolas Blachette, Re/Max Crest Realty

The action

The building stands over Harbour Green Park in Coal Harbour.

Re/Max Crest Realty

The unit was relisted several times and went through a few price drops. A year ago it was listed at $2.4-million. The seller had moved out after living in the condo for a few years.

Nicolas Blachette’s buyers had been looking for a waterfront home in the neighbourhood near Stanley Park and inventory was limited. They plan on renovating and living in the unit. The deal completed at the end of August.

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What they got

The balcony offers splended vistas of the North Shore.

Re/Max Crest Realty

This

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Fifield Cuts Height of Proposed Near North Side Condo Tower

125 W. Maple Street; the Gold Coast Galleria at 111 W. Maple St. in Chicago (Credit:: Google Maps)

125 W. Maple Street; the Gold Coast Galleria at 111 W. Maple St. in Chicago (Credit:: Google Maps)

Fifield Companies will chop 14 stories and 137 units off its proposed condominium tower on the Near North Side following complaints from the neighboring condo building.

The developer’s new plan calls for a 29-story tower instead of the 43-story building at 125 West Maple Street, Block Club reported. The new project makes it shorter than the Gold Coast Galleria condo building next door, at 111 West Maple Street.

But that has not appeased Galleria condo owners, who had wanted the Fifield project set back 60 to 80 feet from their building, according to the report. That did not happen, and the setback remains at just 20 feet.

Fifield’s revised proposal eliminates a third of its condo units and half the parking spaces, leaving 269 residences and 98 parking spots, according to the

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