PARADISE>> Paradise leaders were mostly left in the dark when a group of officials from Pacific Gas & Electric Co. visited the town to see the devastation from the Camp Fire firsthand in a courtordered visit Friday.
The federal judge overseeing the company’s criminal probation, U.S. District Judge William Alsup, organized the visit because PG&E’s high-voltage power lines sparked the fire that burned most of the town down. The judge’s order said the goal of the visit would be to meet with Paradise community members, including firefighters and/or town officials, and tour some key sites to see the damage from the fire. Alsup, PG&E Chief Executive Bill Johnson, and other officials were part of the visit.
But the day was shrouded in secrecy as government officials tried to keep the event from becoming a public spectacle. Neither PG&E nor the U.S. Probation Office would share information about the people attending or the agenda for the tour with the media or with town officials.
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