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Power Outages Plague Highland Park

Many residents are still without power as of Sunday at 10:30 p.m, and LADWP says to expect another 10 hours for electricity to be restored.

Highland Park residents were frustrated by a series out power outages on Sunday, as many of them were still in the dark as of 10 p.m.

A customer service representative told Patch that the outages was caused by a transformer fire, and that residents should expect electricity back by 3 a.m., at the latest.

However, at 10:30 p.m., LADWP told residents no to expect a full restoration of power for another 10 hours.

"Hang in there. Our crews are working. Current est 10hrs for full restoration," @LADWP tweeted.

According to Twitter reports from Highland Park residents, the power went out at about 3:30 p.m. in the Garvanza area, came back at 8 p.m. for about an hour, and then went out again.

Street lights were non-functional at the corner of Avenue 58 and North Figueroa Street, while only one block west at Avenue 57 lights and traffic signals were functioning as usual.

Steve South of York August 13, 2012 at 10:43 PM
I've worked in the municipal utility field for another local city in the past and am somewhat familiar with such matters. The power infrastructure is indeed very old in Highland Park. In fact, the very first pole set in the ground for the newly established LADWP was in 1916 at Fig and Piedmont in front of the library (http://waterandpower.org/museum/First%20Electricity%20in%20Los%20Angeles.html). The system desperately needs upgrading. DWP customers pay less per kWh than neighboring utilities, including SCE (see slide #23: https://www.ladwp.com/cs/idcplg?IdcService=GET_FILE&dDocName=OPLADWP006232&RevisionSelectionMethod=LatestReleased). Yet, every time the DWP asks for a rate increase to help improve the system, it gets shut down by the LA City Council-members who want to be seen as protecting their constituents from rate increase when they should be protecting their constituents from outages, instead! Maybe you should be asking your councilperson not to grandstand and chastise DWP, but instead ask them to support a rate increase. I, as a DWP customer living in Highland Park, wouldn't mind paying an extra $3 or $4 a month if it was going to fund improvements. The same goes for schools, roads, and other City services. That's part of living in civilized society, folks!
frank van neutra lautner August 13, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Steve, thanks for the info. So that means I was precisely historically accurate regarding date/number of years when I said: "The problem with the LADWP power distribution is that it's one of the oldest sections in the system and it's much like a dilapidated 94 year old house that has had numerous iffy additions all built with now obsolete components, many of which have not yet been upgraded." :-)
Punk Attitude August 14, 2012 at 01:22 AM
AGREED
Punk Attitude August 14, 2012 at 01:25 AM
The LAPD knew about the blackout because I CALLED THEM at 6:30. I also called Ed Reyes office today as well and complained. So if Ed Reyes's office told you NO ONE called to complain that is a lie unless you called BEFORE me.
frank van neutra lautner August 14, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Punk, I called Ed Reyes' office at 1:20 yesterday. I was told I would get a call back from Ed Reyes' office and from someone from LADWP. 24 hours later, I've yet to receive any calls from either.

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