Category Archives: PG&E

Pete Cake & El Granada Power Outtage: Story by Jim Elliot

Story and photos by Jim Elliot   Hi June, Pete Douglas’ party was particularly notable, not just for the presence of the Coastside Curmudgeon himself (Photo: Pete Douglas’s image atop a festive cake)   and a few hundred fans of … Continue reading

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99 Residents Affected by Power Outtage in El Granada: ETA 9:30PM

PG&E is replacing a 12000 volt switch–down the street from my house in El Granada. Power went out early this morning and the PG&E guys (all of them very handsome) had to dig a giant hole to pull the old … Continue reading

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The Race To Electrify the South Coastside

In an email, Bruce Hayden writes: I was reading your article [click here] on the battle to electrify Half Moon Bay. I find it interesting as I am retired from PG&E and at one time worked in Berkeley and Richmond … Continue reading

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Race To Electrify The South Coast: Conclusion

As the official victor in the race to bring light to Pescadero in 1925–Great Western again petitioned the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors for a new franchise. Great Western was then working at Colma, where, according to the Half … Continue reading

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The Race To Electrify The South Coast: Part III

Photo: The old HMB Review office. Is that a power pole in front? …In the late summer of 1925 the Half Moon Bay Review devoted plenty of space to the race between Great Western and Pacific Gas & Electric Co.– … Continue reading

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The Race To Electrify The South Coast: Part II

THUS FAR: In the summer of 1925 a most unusual “race” took place on the Coastside between the arch-rivals Great Western and Pacific Gas (GWPG) and Electric (PG&E). The two power companies agreed to compete to see who could get … Continue reading

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It Took A Long Time For The South Coast To Get Electricity: Part I

(Photo: Great Western building on Main St, Half Moon Bay, at right. In the foreground, a parade.) By 1925 much of the Bay Area had been electrified–but there was no electricity to light the darkness south of Half Moon Bay. … Continue reading

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