Currently in Los Angeles — November 18th, 2022

The weather, currently.

If you're in the valley, fierce Santa Ana winds. But it'll be calm in Downtown LA.

For those of us in Downtown LA, this weekend’s weather is quite pleasant. The highs will be in the 70s, and low humidity will keep the air crisp and fragrant. But if you’re in the mountains, there’s a red flag warning through Sunday. That means that powerful Santa Ana winds are coming, blowing fiercely — I heard on the radio today as powerful as 60 miles per hour — and that greatly elevates fire danger. Hopefully we will avoid any blazes, but you’ll need to consider power outages from aged infrastructure. I’m not planning to leave the LA basin this weekend, so I’ll just enjoy the breeze.

As for the evening, anticipate temperatures in the 50s and late night lows in the 40s. I’m pushing my curtains wide open so I can use the sunlight to warm my apartment in preparation of nighttime shivers.

—Renée Reizman

What you need to know, currently.

The less-publicized runoff election for a seat on Louisiana’s Public Service Commission has massive climate implications; the state is one of the nation’s top oil and gas producers.

Davante Lewis, an activist from Baton Rouge, seeks to unseat fellow Democrat Lambert Boissiere III, who comes from a prominent political family in New Orleans. Both men want to shift away from fossil fuels, and toward renewables, in an effort to meet climate goals and protect Louisiana’s vulnerable electric grid. However, Lewis is pushing for the state to adopt a renewable portfolio standard that requires utilities to reach net-zero emissions by 2035.

The Public Service Commission is a five-member body that is responsible for regulating electric utilities. Recently, it has been embroiled with controversy, as customers’ electrical bills continue to skyrocket.

Lewis’ campaign states that only two of the five members favor clean energy over fossil fuels, but if he wins the election, he promises a pro-climate majority.

Lewis has also criticized Boissiere for accepting donations from industries that he’s made to regulate, including the utility Entergy and its executives, many of which have ties to companies regulated by the PSC.

The runoff election is scheduled for Dec. 10.

—Aarohi Sheth

What you can do, currently.

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