3:15 PM UPDATE: Taped the KNBC-TV LA News Conference show earlier this afternoon with Angelides chief strategist Bill Carrick, Schwarzenegger campaign manager Steve Schmidt, and host Conan Nolan, with each of us in a different location. It airs Sunday in LA. I got to be outdoors guy, standing next to a sunny river, sans shades, naturally. Carrick was dismissive of this week’s polls, insistent that his Democratic candidate will win in a Democratic state over a candidate close to Bush who’s broken all his promises. Schmidt was coolly confident and upbeat and relentlessly attacking of the governor’s opponent. It was an interesting snapshot. I was just glad it was only 95 degrees.
** 12:10 PM UPDATE: At the noon hour, California’s peak electric power demand in the ISO area is just over 40,000 megawatts, a little under the forecast for the hour. The peak load today was forecast at a little over 43,000 megawatts, well under the high 40s and low 50s that marked the extreme weather event just past.
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** Continuous coverage of the Israel-Hezbollah War from Pajamas Media. Hezbollah resistance has been stronger than anticipated, their technological capabilities greater than expected, and their ability to hold out is presenting a psychological and political challenge throughout the Middle East region to Israel, where support for the war remains overwhelming, and the U.S.
** Follow California’s peak electric power demand throughout the day in near real time from Cal ISO. After 12 days of record heat, the extreme weather event has subsided and the electric power crisis is over, but we’ll monitor the power situation for another day.