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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 1988
I am furious! How could Supervisor Thomas Riley approve thousands and thousands of new homes "mushroomed" into Laguna Niguel with no regard to the existing utilities (namely San Diego Gas & Electric Co.). We experience a power failure whenever the temperature exceeds 80 or 85 degrees. On Sept. 3, we had a power failure for 8 1/2 hours, and on Sept. 4 another failure from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m. There are many elderly and retired people living in this wonderful community, but with temperatures approaching 100 degrees, it could be extremely dangerous to their health, and possibly fatal.
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OPINION
March 27, 2014
Re “Going once ...” March 26 Regarding the upcoming auction at the shuttered San Onofre nuclear plant and your line about the “the auction is generating interest”: That is the first thing being generated there since January of 2012. Rick Goward Mission Viejo More letters to the editor ...
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 2013 | By James Rainey
A powerful thunderstorm blasted through Las Vegas and nearby communities Friday evening, flooding streets, toppling trees and trapping tourists inside casinos. Torrential rains and 70-mph winds also knocked out power in more than a dozen  locations, including Primm, the town that sits on Interstate 15 at the California-Nevada border. About 50 people had to evacuate from one condominium complex because of fallen trees, gas leaks and a loss of electricity. They took shelter at Desert Pines High School, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal . The National Weather Service declared a flash flood warning for Las Vegas and surrounding areas for Sunday afternoon through Monday evening.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez, This post had been updated. See note below for details.
A metallic balloon is believed to have sparked a power outage Monday night across Pasadena, officials said. The Pasadena Water and Power utility said on its Twitter account shortly before 8:45 p.m that electricity was expected to be restored within an hour. The outage affected neighborhoods across the city. No other details were immediately available. [Updated 9:03 p.m: Power has been restored, the utility said. ] ALSO: Woman freed after serving 32 years in 1981 killing Washington mudslide: California firefighters respond to disaster Southern California freeways smoother than 2 years ago, study says Twitter: @LAJourno robert.lopez@latimes.com
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is warning customers to prepare for possible power outages due to Santa Ana winds that are expected to blow in Friday. “During high wind events, reports of power outages may increase due to downed lines from tree branches and other flying debris,” the utility said in a statement. The Santa Ana winds expected to begin gusting Friday will blow across a Southland experiencing one of its driest years in more than a century.  The  National Weather Service  has issued red flag warnings across Southern California, and firefighting agencies have already started positioning more resources in key areas.
NATIONAL
February 8, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
With snow flurries and subfreezing temperatures in the weekend forecast, about 150,000 homes and businesses in the Philadelphia region on Saturday were still waiting for power to be restored. On Twitter, residents griped about downed power lines that were still sparking outside their homes days after they fell. People spoke of having to bundle up in layers and layers and drive to charging stations to keep their cellphones working. Some expressed frustration that some areas had power restored before their own. More than 5,700 workers from across the eastern U.S. and Canada were working to restore electricity to people, some who have been without it for five days, according to PECO , the main utility company in the area.
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December 28, 2013 | By Saba Hamedy
Flo Baerren of Lansing, Mich., was planning on giving her granddaughter a hand-knit quilt for Christmas when she went to Chicago to see family for the holidays. Instead, the 68-year-old found herself renting a room at a Hampton Inn in Jackson, 38 miles away, and eating Christmas dinner at Denny's. Baerren is among tens of thousands of people who were left in the dark, some for up to a week, in areas of Michigan and New England after ice storms felled power lines. “I understand it was a major storm.
NATIONAL
December 25, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
All that tens of thousands of people really wanted for Christmas was to have their electricity back after fierce ice storms brought down power lines in a wide swath from Michigan through parts of upstate New York to frigid New England and Canada. More than half a million customers have lost power since the ice storms, coupled with fierce winds, toppled the power lines, beginning Saturday. Repair crews from utilities across the region, helped by out-of-state workers, toiled to repair the damaged lines, but by Wednesday morning, several hundred thousand customers were still without power.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
Evacuations, road closures and power outages remain in effect in Northern California's Shasta County, where the wind-whipped Clover fire has been destroying homes and burning through brush since Monday. Officials requested that the power be turned off to keep firefighters safe, Cal Fire spokesman David Ballard told The Times. The fire, he said, had burned power poles, and downed power lines stretched across roads. Containment for the fire -- which so far has destroyed 30 homes -- remained at 40% Wednesday.
NATIONAL
February 6, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Hundreds of thousands of electricity customers in parts of Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania waited for power to be turned back on as states fought to clean up Thursday from the second major storm this week. Up to a foot of snow fell in parts of the Northeast on Wednesday, still reeling from the first storm at the beginning of the week. Schools have been closed in many areas, as have businesses and government offices. The cold coated many power lines with heavy ice that brought them down.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 2014 | By Robert Faturechi
Amid the first major rainstorm of the year, 3,200 people in Los Angeles and others across the area are without power, officials said. Palm fronds and other debris are falling on power lines. Among those affected are 1,900 people in the Fairfax area, 600 in Reseda, 250 in Sylmar and others in Hancock Park and Valley Glen, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power spokeswoman Gale Harris said. Many, she said, have been without power since early Saturday morning. The power went out for more than 21,000 people in Riverside on Saturday because of lightning strikes, according to a release on the city's website.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2014 | By Scott Gold, Ruben Vives and Hailey Branson-Potts
A potent storm gave Southern California a more thorough soaking on Friday than it has seen in more than three years, bringing both cheers in a drought-stricken state and anxiety as it sent mud billowing through hillside neighborhoods and clogged roads. Downtown Los Angeles saw more rain by Friday afternoon - 1.7 inches - than it had seen during the entire rest of the "rain year," starting last July. For some, it was a harrowing day - for two drivers who were rescued after getting trapped by a rock slide near Malibu; for two men rescued from a downed tree in the suddenly roiling Los Angeles River; for hundreds who lost electricity when a power pole toppled over near a Long Beach police station.
NATIONAL
February 8, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
With snow flurries and subfreezing temperatures in the weekend forecast, about 150,000 homes and businesses in the Philadelphia region on Saturday were still waiting for power to be restored. On Twitter, residents griped about downed power lines that were still sparking outside their homes days after they fell. People spoke of having to bundle up in layers and layers and drive to charging stations to keep their cellphones working. Some expressed frustration that some areas had power restored before their own. More than 5,700 workers from across the eastern U.S. and Canada were working to restore electricity to people, some who have been without it for five days, according to PECO , the main utility company in the area.
NATIONAL
February 6, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Hundreds of thousands of electricity customers in parts of Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania waited for power to be turned back on as states fought to clean up Thursday from the second major storm this week. Up to a foot of snow fell in parts of the Northeast on Wednesday, still reeling from the first storm at the beginning of the week. Schools have been closed in many areas, as have businesses and government offices. The cold coated many power lines with heavy ice that brought them down.
NATIONAL
February 5, 2014 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- Roads were closed, transit was thrown into turmoil, a store awning collapsed and thousands of people were without power Wednesday as the second storm this week dumped heavy snow across the Northeast and left streets coated with ice. “Nobody likes days like today,” New York Mayor Bill De Blasio said at a news briefing, where he repeated what has begun to sound like a mantra during the Northeast's bitter winter : “If you don't...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 2014 | By Jean Merl
A power failure in Sherman Oaks is affecting about 1,000 homes and knocked out traffic signals,  Los Angeles Department of Water and Power officials said Saturday. The outage occurred at 7:22 a.m., according to DWP spokesman Albert Rodriguez.  He could not say when the power will be restored, but at about 8:30 a.m., the DWP tweeted: "Power outage Sherman Oaks: all power to be restored within the hour. Thank you for your patience. " A City News Service reporter in the area said traffic signals on Van Nuys Boulevard near Ventura Boulevard were not working.
NATIONAL
July 3, 2012 | By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times
Residents from the Midwest to the East Coast endured a fourth straight day of scorching heat Monday, as power crews worked furiously to restore service - including air conditioning - to the remaining 2 million customers without power after weekend storms. Morning commutes were clogged because of nonfunctioning traffic signals and roads blocked by trees, and some utilities in areas where outages were widespread warned that it could be several days before power is fully restored.
NEWS
March 4, 1993
Plagued by a spate of power outages, the largest commercial landlord in the downtown area is demanding prompt action from top city officials. "There's no excuse for so many outages within a 60-day period," Bill West, vice president and general manager for H. B. Drollinger Co., said in a prepared statement. "There are no big users on the system. It seems preventive maintenance needs to take a higher priority."
OPINION
January 10, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
The announcement Thursday that the general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will resign at the end of the month throws the nation's largest publicly owned utility into yet another period of turmoil. Ron Nichols brought industry expertise and an aversion to political showmanship to an agency that has gone through eight general managers since 2000 and cycled through one controversy after another. Why so much turnover? Because the general manager has a nearly impossible job - essentially to serve as CEO of a $4.3-billion enterprise, which he or she is expected to operate with private-sector efficiency while beholden to the shifting political demands of City Hall.
NATIONAL
December 28, 2013 | By Saba Hamedy
Flo Baerren of Lansing, Mich., was planning on giving her granddaughter a hand-knit quilt for Christmas when she went to Chicago to see family for the holidays. Instead, the 68-year-old found herself renting a room at a Hampton Inn in Jackson, 38 miles away, and eating Christmas dinner at Denny's. Baerren is among tens of thousands of people who were left in the dark, some for up to a week, in areas of Michigan and New England after ice storms felled power lines. “I understand it was a major storm.
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