LAKE COUNTY, Calif. (November 20, 2019) – Beginning at 6pm this evening, the Middletown Senior Center will serve as an Overnight Warming Center. District 1 Supervisor, Moke Simon, who also serves as Chairman of Middletown Rancheria of Pomo Indians of California, is a leading voice in statewide efforts to responsibly mitigate wildfire risk and hold PG&E accountable for the disastrous consequences of repeated Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) Events. The availability of this Warming Center in Middletown tonight is a sign the voices of Lake County’s residents and leaders are being heard.
“People and businesses in Middletown have been hit really hard by PG&E’s decisions to turn off our power again and again, and it is totally unacceptable,” says Simon. “The Middletown Library and Senior Center is a critical gathering place, and I am grateful County staff were able to partner with PG&E to install a generator at this important facility. A lot of people contributed to making that possible, and it really is a positive step.”
Middletown Senior Center has been open all day as a place for local seniors and others to come together. This evening and overnight, County residents affected by the 11/20 PG&E PSPS Event will have a place to go to find community and escape the cold.
The Overnight Warming Center will be open from 6pm, 11/20, to 8am, 11/21, and staffed throughout the night by the County of Lake’s Care and Shelter Team.
Cots, blankets and snacks will be provided.
“We still have a lot more work to do,” notes Simon, “but it is a great thing that those without power who really need a place to go tonight will have an option. I am proud to work with the many people who are making sacrifices to provide this important service.”
The Middletown Senior Center is located at 21256 Washington Street, Middletown, CA 95461.