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”

New Power Pole Flown to Commonwealth Destination

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A helicopter delivers a new power pole on Tuesday in La Cañada Flintridge.

A helicopter carried a new power pole above a La Cañada Flintridge neighborhood before setting down in the 4400 block of Commonwealth Avenue on Tuesday. The aerial maneuvering was part of a Southern California Edison pole replacement project, in which an old pole was replaced, according to spokeswoman Sally Jeun. Continue reading “New Power Pole Flown to Commonwealth Destination”

City Council Examines Pressuring SCE for More Upgrades

A pair of consultants encouraged the city of La Cañada Flintridge to pressure Southern California Edison to focus on improving the worst five of their 24 citywide circuits — including one that SCE already is in the process of removing — in order to maintain reliable service.
SCE spokesman Adrian Garcia told the City Council at its meeting Tuesday that the agency is currently doing such monitoring, but that it would review the report compiled by independent consultant PMCM and “take those recommendations into account.” Continue reading “City Council Examines Pressuring SCE for More Upgrades”

SCE Upgrades Mean More Power, Less View for Some in LCF

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK Southern California Edison is replacing power poles like the one in Dave Nydam’s front yard with even larger poles to better support new equipment aimed at increased reliabilty.
Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
Southern California Edison is replacing power poles like the one in Dave Nydam’s front yard with even larger poles to better support new equipment aimed at increased reliabilty.

Dave Nydam wants to warn fellow La Cañada Flintridge residents who might also have their front yard encroached upon by upgraded Southern California Edison equipment: It could happen to you.
If it does, a SCE representative said, an impeded view is something of a symbol of improved electrical reliability in the neighborhood, which will be safer for it.
On Thursday, June 8, Nydam was surprised to find a crew at work in his front yard along Hillard Avenue, replacing a pole — 15 inches in diameter — that was planted in the public right-of-way two years ago, with one that measured 18 inches in diameter. Continue reading “SCE Upgrades Mean More Power, Less View for Some in LCF”

LCF Optometrist Sees Through Scam Attempt

Scammers attempted to coerce a La Cañada Flintridge optometrist’s office into sending money their way this week.
Different callers rang La Cañada Eye Care on Tuesday and claimed falsely to be Southern California Edison, stating that the business was delinquent in paying its electric bill and that the power would be cut off shortly.
“They did it with a certain amount of force, with pressure, with a timed [deadline],” said Dr. Tony Chahine. “And, oh, the irony of it all.”
Chahine’s office is solar powered.

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