The City of San Leandro has received notification from PG&E that the Public Safety Power Shut-Off power has concluded, and power has been or is being restored to affected areas. At this time, almost all residences and businesses in San Leandro have had power restored.
Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter issued the following message to the San Leandro community:
“We want to thank our community for their flexibility and support in navigating this event with us and for being prepared. As you know, PG&E’s power shut-off around the state was due to fire danger from high winds and low humidity, which posed a danger if PG&E’s electrical infrastructure were to set off a fire. Thank you for your patience as we worked to get residents timely updates on what was happening in San Leandro as we assessed the unfolding event. We understand that it was sometimes frustrating to access PG&E websites and get information.
Throughout the power shut-off, San Leandro City Hall and the Police Department operated on a generator or back-up power to keep all public buildings open. Our libraries and community centers also remained open to the public, offering community members access to air conditioning and power.
I can’t thank our City staff enough for their time, dedication, and commitment in responding to this incident. They literally worked around the clock to ensure the wellbeing of all residents. Both the San Leandro Police Department and the Alameda County Fire Department provided increased staffing to ensure that public safety services were not impacted.
In the coming days, PG&E crews will be active in the community, performing checks on their electrical infrastructure. Although we recognize that there is some frustration regarding the shut-off, we urge the community to treat these workers with respect as they perform this important work. I am certain that PG&E will also learn from this experience.
This incident provided us with a valuable lesson in how we as a City prepare, respond, and communicate in cases of emergencies. In the coming weeks, we will devote significant time to reviewing our response, with the goal of fine-tuning procedures and coordination with PG&E and other agencies so we can be even more effective in responding to future events. Residents with feedback or any remaining questions about this incident are encouraged to contact us at email@example.com. We welcome your input.”