It Was a Year of Living Hesitantly

First published in the Dec. 30 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

The year 2021 is coming to a close much like it did in 2020: with a rise in COVID-19 cases due to families throughout the nation gathering for the holidays amid the discovery of a more transmissible Omicron variant — which has supplanted Delta as the dominant strain.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported nearly 12,000 new coronavirus cases on Christmas, a stern reminder that the pandemic is still very much present and will likely remain in our lives in 2022. The disease has claimed more than 815,000 lives in the United States alone and continues to affect municipalities, businesses and everyday life across the world.
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Edison Warns of Potential Outages

First published in the Nov. 25 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

With strong and gusty winds expected Thursday through midday Friday, Southern California Edison is advising its La Cañada Flintridge customers to have a power outage plan in place should their electricity shut off.
Edison has activated its incident management team to monitor weather and ground conditions and because La Cañada Flintridge is a high-fire-risk area, the team may consider a public safety power shutoff if the conditions warrant it.
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Wind Leaves LCF Residents Without Power

First published in the Oct. 14 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

Gusty winds early this week left thousands of Californians temporarily without power, and some of them were La Cañada Flintridge residents.
A wind advisory that went into effect Monday afternoon lasted through Tuesday morning amid gusts surpassing 20 mph in the area, according to the National Weather Service.
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Edison Believes It Has Solved Outage Problem

First published in the Sept. 9 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

Six days removed from performing emergency work to address frequent power outages in La Cañada Flintridge, Southern California Edison has reported no further unplanned electrical interruptions as of Wednesday afternoon.
Edison upped its presence with as many as 40 employees throughout the city from Aug. 24-Sept. 3 to investigate the issue and repair and replace aging equipment on the Haskell circuit, where recent outages have affected more than 1,000 local residents. The circuit is one of 22 in the city. Continue reading “Edison Believes It Has Solved Outage Problem”

Power Outages: City Seeks State Help

First published in the Sept. 2 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

Despite Southern California Edison’s efforts to remedy a recent surge in unplanned power outages that has affected more than 1,000 local residents, the La Cañada Flintridge City Council has decided to file a complaint with the state and is requesting a formal review of the electricity provider’s practices regarding the maintenance of its infrastructure.

During a virtual special meeting on Monday, the panel was unanimous in approving the city staff’s recommendation to formally complain to the California Public Utilities Commission — which regulates and oversees utility companies — and expressed its disappointment over the way Edison has handled the 16 unplanned power outages reported in LCF since June 21. Nine of the outages occurred on the Haskell circuit, one of the longest lines in the city. Continue reading “Power Outages: City Seeks State Help”

Edison Says It’s ‘Mobilized’ to Remedy Power Outages

After weeks of fielding phone calls from frustrated La Cañada Flintridge customers, Southern California Edison representatives visited the City Council in a special meeting Tuesday to address the recent surge in power outages.
Residents and business owners on the portion of the Haskell circuit south of the 210 Freeway have experienced nine outages since June 21, six of which have occurred in August, prompting some of Edison’s top officials to provide an update to a panel disappointed with the situation. The circuit is one of 22 in the city.

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City Hears of ‘Big Dig’ Resuming Amid Pandemic Concerns

Trucks are expected to begin hauling dirt and debris from the Devil’s Gate Dam once again Tuesday, with the controversial “Big Dig” project entering its second year of sediment removal, La Cañada Flintridge City Council members were informed this week.
La Cañada Flintridge 4 Healthy Air co-founder Elizabeth Krider gave the update and applauded councilmembers for their attentiveness to residents’ concerns about how diesel exhaust and dust from the trucks would affect air quality, though she cautioned that work is still needed to be done to ensure standards are enforced and followed.
The project, which aims to remove 1.7 million cubic yards of dirt from behind the dam at Hahamongna Watershed Park in phases across four years to increase flood protection and restore the habitat, sparked concerns from local residents after the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved it in November 2017.
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Edison Outlines Plan to Brush Back Chance of Wildfires

Southern California Edison officials outlined a plan to mitigate the potential for wildfires in and around La Cañada Flintridge and responded to calls to move power lines underground during a recent community meeting.
Officials also focused on vegetation management at the meeting Monday night at the Lanterman Auditorium. A priority of Edison’s 2019 Wildfire Mitigation Plan, filed on Feb. 6 with the California Public Utilities Commission, is to address and reduce fires caused by utility infrastructure, according to Edison officials quoted on the company’s website. Continue reading “Edison Outlines Plan to Brush Back Chance of Wildfires”

Commission Is Briefed on City’s Efforts to Extinguish Wildfire Danger

Measures that are being taken by La Cañada Flintridge and a regional utility company to prevent wildfires were outlined during a city Public Safety Commission meeting this week.
Chris Carey, LCF’s emergency services coordinator, explained Monday how the city plans to prevent power lines from creating fires. Questions from Commissioner Thomas Schafer had prompted the meeting at City Hall. Continue reading “Commission Is Briefed on City’s Efforts to Extinguish Wildfire Danger”

1,500 in LCF Lose Power in Last Week’s Storm

The three-day rainstorm that brought much-needed water to California last week caused a several-hourlong power outage but otherwise spared La Cañada Flintridge from major damage, according to Jesús Armas, the city’s interim director of public works.
On Thursday, March 22, 1,517 Southern California Edison customers in LCF lost power after a fallen tree downed power lines in the 4800 block of Gould Avenue, Southern California Edison spokeswoman Sally Jeun said. The outage affected residents between Angeles Crest Highway, Berkshire Drive and Encinas Drive from 4:43 p.m. until 7:20 a.m. Friday, March 23, she said. Continue reading “1,500 in LCF Lose Power in Last Week’s Storm”