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PG&E grants reprieve to Oakland's gnomes

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

PG&E grants reprieve to Oakland's gnomes
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. officials have changed their minds and will not evict thousands of gnomes nestling on their utility poles. The reprieve came shortly after the utility announced it would remove the diminutive, hand-painted creatures that have been proliferating around Lake Merritt for six months on the grounds they were "compromising" utility equipment. Gift to communityThe gnome paintings, which have been screwed to the base of utility poles in Haddon Hill, Adams Point and other neighborhoods, have invoked much love in a beleaguered city that's been struggling with the state's worst violent crime problem. After The Chronicle reported Sunday that PG&E had threatened to remove the gnome paintings, the gnomes' creator begged the utility for clemency. Peace talksThe artist also called City Hall, hoping officials could grant political asylum.
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Source: The Oakland Press - on January 24, 2013

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