A power outage in Sacramento on Thursday that left much of the city’s downtown area in the dark delayed the start of California’s Legislature.
Utility crews worked to replace a transformer and the outage delayed legislators from starting work for about half an hour.
The Sacramento Municipal Utilities District reported 650 customers were without power during the morning, a figure that likely represented thousands of people because multiple high-rise office buildings and the state Capitol were impacted. Many downtown traffic lights went dark.
The state Legislature had been scheduled to meet at 9 am The outage delayed the start of the state Assembly until 9:30 am The state Senate planned to meet in a legislative committee room in another building. The power was restored by late morning.