Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, the city’s Democrat who also has national ambitions, was mocked on Twitter late Sunday after urging residents to turn off large appliances to conserve energy during a historic heatwave.
“It’s almost 3pm,” read Garcetti’s tweet. “Time to turn off large appliances, set the thermostat to 78 degrees (or use a fan instead), turn off excess light, and unplug unused appliances. We need every Californian to save energy. Please do your part. “
Fox 11 reported that thousands of Los Angeles County residents were without power, and a California independent system operator declared a level 2 emergency, which means the city “is taking all steps to protect the network, manage losses and outages to avoid”
Garcetti’s tweet caught the attention of Eric Trump, one of President Trump’s sons, who tweeted, “It’s hard to believe that this tweet from the mayor of LA is real. That’s what the Democrats are going to do to this country … #Blackouts. “
Another commenter wrote, “What are our extremely high taxes paying for? The police were defused. Public schools are not in session. Where are the money and resources going? “
Garcetti’s office did not immediately respond to an email requesting comment from Fox News.
Eric Schmitt, vice president of operations for the California Independent System Operator, who operates the power grid for much of the state according to the Los Angeles Times, told the newspaper that up to 3 million customers in the state could experience power outages.
“I think it’s fair to say that without really significant maintenance and help from customers, we’re going to have to have some rolling failures today,” he told the newspaper. “This is really an appeal to people to help us get through a very, very difficult day.”
Downtown Los Angeles reached 111 degrees and nearby Woodland Hills in the San Fernando Valley recorded a record high of 121 degrees.
According to the National Weather Service, it was the highest temperature ever recorded in Los Angeles County. The brand competed with high in California’s Death Valley, typically the hottest place in the country.
Around 7 p.m., the California Independent System Operator declared an emergency and said power outages were imminent because a transmission line carrying power from Oregon to California and another state power plant unexpectedly went down. The agency said the cause of the failures is currently unknown. At around 8:30 pm, the agency tweeted the emergency “Thanks to the conservation of the Californians!”
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The network operators had not ordered any blackouts.
The Associated Press contributed to this report