United Cable Television received tentative Los Angeles City Council approval Wednesday for a third extension--until June 30, 1988--to complete installation of the long-delayed East San Fernando Valley cable system.
The action, approved unanimously and without discussion, was recommended by the city Department of Telecommunications, which regulates cable TV in the city. The department said in a report to the council that, although the extension is unprecedented, it should be granted in order to give residents a "reasonable expectation" of when they can get cable service.
Councilman Ernani Bernardi, who has been critical of the delays in providing cable to his Van Nuys district, supported the extension. "We don't have much choice," he said, noting that it would take longer to reopen bidding on the cable franchise and to award it to another company.
5,000 Homes Have Service
Bernardi said he believes that United Cable is "moving along at a pretty good pace now."
United has installed about 275 miles of the 1,140-mile system and has begun service to about 5,000 of the 176,000 homes in the East Valley. The first homes to receive service are in Pacoima, Mission Hills, Sylmar and Arleta, communities close to the company's transmission facility in San Fernando.