Sacramento is Fortunate to Have SMUD

Real Estate Agent with GreatWest Realty DRE# 00827565
Several friends in other states have texted, emailed, or phoned, to see if I am impacted by California's wildfires and power shutoffs. I want to let everyone who is wondering, know I am fine, as is most of Sacramento. The wildfires are a distance away from our city, and we are very fortunate to not rely on PG&E for electrical power, so the shutoffs are not affecting us here. Thank goodness we have Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), a rate payer owned utility. Here's a link which provides a map of Northern California showing how we are positioned in the midst of all this:

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Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Hi Myrl Jeffcoat  I came back to your ActiveRain site this evening as I was one who also wondered how you were doing in Sacramento.  Here in this far-away state of Florida  it is like we are hearing that all California is on fire.  Guess when Florida is facing all our Hurricanes, others think we are all doomed, also. 

I did go to the maps a couple of hours ago to check out your state and felt
that you were safe.  But Myrl, it was great you telling us yourself.  Saying prayers for you and your state. We did get news today of people in vehicles trapped on a median highway in Sacramento and trying to escape the fire.

Oct 29, 2019 06:09 PM #1
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Jane Chaulklin-Schott - I just finished watching our local news and they didn't report vehicles being trapped on a median highway here.  I need to check that out!  Much of California is on fire, and parts of Wine County is a bit of a mess.  The Kincade Fire has burned over 72,000 acres there, and the last I checked they only had 15% containment.  We are experiencing several days of high winds and very dry conditions.

Oct 29, 2019 06:22 PM #2
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Jane Chaulklin-Schott stay save.... what a nightmare for those who are affected... glad to hear it's not you....

Oct 30, 2019 03:51 AM #3
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Myrl... glad to hear you are fine and safe... but listening daily to the reports from California on the news... all I can say is the situation is horrific and untenable.

Oct 30, 2019 05:22 AM #4
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Barbara Todaro - Yes, it certainly is!  We have gone through the entire month of October, without rain here in Sacramento, and it's been more windy than normal.  We are bone dry, and the winds haven't helped.

Nina Hollander - What we need is a big ole rainstorm to hit the state now.  It would help douse the flames, and assist in getting things under control.  Alas, no rain is forecast!

Oct 30, 2019 06:19 AM #5
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Myrl. I did think about you this morning hearing the fires were in your area. I am grateful you are OK and have a different power company.

Oct 30, 2019 07:00 AM #6
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Myrl this is a scary time for much of California.  These fires have negatively impacted so many lives.

Good to here you are safe and these fires are not near you.

Oct 30, 2019 07:40 AM #7
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Geez, the fires are spread out more than I thought.  I hope they will be put out soon and everyone will be safe.

Oct 30, 2019 10:02 AM #8
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Myrl - we Californians can be quite tough and resilient when necessary.  It's not always about whine and wine.  

Oct 30, 2019 10:04 AM #9
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Myrl Jeffcoat 
It's horrible what is happening in California. Hard to believe for this time of year. Thanks for the update.  I have friends up in Shingletown who have been without power since Saturday. Fortunately, they have a generator. 

Oct 30, 2019 10:04 AM #10
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Myrl- thank you for posting this. My knowledge of California geography is zip so I worry about all of you there!!!! 

Oct 30, 2019 05:41 PM #11
Kris Collis, Associate Broker
Smart Way America Realty - East Stroudsburg, PA
Professional Results you Expect 570-507-7510

Myrl, Thanks for posting with this information, so glad you and Sacto are not affected.  Stay safe.

Oct 31, 2019 04:16 AM #12
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

It is good to see that your area is safe.

Where are the thousands of families going when they have to leave their homes?

Oct 31, 2019 04:46 AM #13
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

The whole wild fire scene is quite upsetting, and I feel bad for the millions of people affected.  Glad to hear your area is still safe.

Nov 01, 2019 07:49 PM #14
Lorrie Semler, REALTOR® in the Dallas area. Call/text 972-416-3417
United Real Estate - Addison, TX
Real Service. Real Results. Real Estate

I don't think I've ever heard of a rate payer owned utility. Does that mean if you're a customer, you are part owner?


Nov 03, 2019 06:58 AM #15
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Sunday morning, Myrl.

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

Nov 03, 2019 09:52 AM #16
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Lorrie Semler, REALTOR® in the Dallas area. Call/text 972-416-3417 - Yes, that's exactly what it means!  Many years ago, before the 1960s, Sacramento's electricity was supplied by PG&E.  Our rates were sky high.  When we established SMUD, or electric bills were almost immediately cut in half.  We still do get our natural gas from PG&E, however.

Nov 05, 2019 08:21 AM #17
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Myrl:

I'm so glad to hear that things have improved, overall, with the fires, and hope that continues. I fear there may be others with how dry it is but at least for now the winds are not a big problem.

SMUD certainly sounds like a smart thing to have done!


Nov 06, 2019 05:16 PM #18
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