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By Mercury News & East Bay Times Editorial Boards |

PUBLISHED: April 16, 2022 at 5:30 a.m. | UPDATED: April 18, 2022 at 3:17 a.m.

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s decision last week to require Californians to wear face coverings in indoor public places — and outside when they can’t physically distance — was a smart move that will save lives and help reopen the economy safely.

State Sen. Steve Glazer and Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan proposed legislation Wednesday that would require cellphone companies to provide at least 72 hours of backup power at cell towers.

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East Bay State Senator Steve Glazer wants to keep cell towers powered up when PG&E shuts off the power.

Currently, there are no medical exemptions for the so-called Public Safety Power Shutoffs.

It’s something that state legislators are hoping to change.

Sen. Steve Glazer recently proposed new legislation requiring utilities, like PG&E, to do more to help medically vulnerable people survive a power outage.

"Our most urgent priority is to force the utilities to do everything possible to end these outages," Glazer said in a statement.

Tri-Valley State Sen. Steve Glazer said Wednesday he plans to introduce legislation in January designed to help medical equipment and cellphone towers stay in operation longer in emergencies such as fires and earthquakes.