Small Businesses in Bay Area Struggles Because of Power Outages

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The second morning of waking up without power in the Bay Area makes it hard for thousands of people living in the area. No lights and no coffee, things are hard as people continue to struggle because of a power outage.

Residents have already suffered from the coronavirus pandemic, yet they have another problem they need to face. For a small business in the Bay Area, the power outage makes them suffer more, and it is hard seeing what kind of impact the situation is going to give them at the moment.

Oakland Fire Department reports that according to PG&E, 11,339 consumers in Oakland are currently affected by the Public Safety Power Shutoff. Utility workers and other staff are doing their investigation as the power restoration is now scheduled for Tuesday. For the latest update of the power restoration schedule, you can visit the page of PG&E or on this link: https://pgealerts.alerts.pge.com/updates/.

Rob Lam, chef and co-owner of Perle Wine Bar in Montclair says, “If it’s not one thing, it’s another.” He also added, “Who would have thought that PG&E would set us out for literally seven days in a year’s time? For me, that’s $40,000 to $50,000 in profit loss.” It has clearly seen that the impact of having a power outage for many days makes a small business suffer more.

However, Rob Lam considers that every day he opens his store is a gift as many restaurants today are going under due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“At least I can say my restaurant hasn’t burned down, my home hasn’t burned down, Rob Lam said. “So we are the lucky ones. Just got to keep staying positive and being smart as a businessman.”

Robert Lam has seen the positivity despite the current situation they have. Being able to cope up with everyday life challenges is what people need to do right now. Keep the positivity to face every challenge.

The implementation of PSPS in California State affects more than 380,000 customers beginning on Sunday. PG&E then issued a Red Flag Warning across different counties because of disastrous wildfire events. The crews and other members hope that the situation will go back to normal soon and power restoration to consumers will begin by Tuesday night.

Thomas Lake

Resident tech nerd for the SF Times.