From Assemblymember Phil Ting

Holiday Flex Alert

It's hard to believe Labor Day weekend is here. This year, it comes with an excessive heat warning from the National Weather Service, prompting a Flex Alert to be in effect starting Saturday through Monday.

That means from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm on each of those days, Californians are urged to conserve energy to prevent the need for rolling blackouts, even though it won't get as hot in our district. Turning off unnecessary lights and major appliances will help ease the demand on the state's electric grid.

The heatwave may not affect the coast as much as the inland areas, but temperatures may still be hotter than normal. Many of us in the Bay Area do not have air conditioning, so you can help keep your home cool if you:

  • Open windows in the evening and at night, when safe.
  • Close windows and draw the shades or cover your windows before the day heats up - this will prevent cool air from escaping and help keep warm air out.

When it gets too hot, some counties may open cooling centers. For the most up-to-date information on locations, you can check out the list here. If you opt for "natural air conditioning" at the beach, note that some of them have been closed to prevent overcrowding and the spread of COVID-19. Please continue to wear masks when leaving your home. Not only are they for your protection, some jurisdictions may fine you for not wearing them.

I miss connecting with all of you in person at district events. I'll be in touch soon about our annual Autumn Moon Festival and town halls - virtually, of course! Hope you can join me online then. 

Have a safe holiday


Phil Ting
Assemblymember, 19th District

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