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November 1, 1994 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County residents will have an opportunity Wednesday to learn firsthand about a controversial proposal by the California Public Utilities Commission to deregulate the state's electric industry. The plan would allow consumers to select their own electricity suppliers in the same way they now choose their providers of long-distance phone service. The issue will be discussed at a public hearing scheduled by the commission at 7 p.m.
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October 1, 2001 | EVAN HALPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With more than 700 sanitation workers set to strike over wages at 4:30 a.m. today, residential trash collection was expected to halt in much of Orange County. Trash company representatives would not speculate on how long the strike might last, but issued a statement Sunday saying residential collection would be "postponed indefinitely for most cities and county areas."
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 2001 | MATTHEW EBNET, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nearly 100 Orange County mobile home residents on Thursday told state lawmakers their utility service and bills are at the mercy of unregulated and sometimes unscrupulous property managers. The testimony came during a state Senate hearing held in Garden Grove as legislators consider taking action to address a flood of complaints about shoddy utility service and overcharging at mobile home parks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 2001 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A growing number of utilities in Southern California and nationwide are turning to a decidedly low-tech way of pushing energy conservation: trees. Customers in Anaheim, Riverside and soon in Los Angeles can get shade trees, meant to cool houses naturally, through utility programs that offer free trees or rebates. This year, as California's summer heats up with an energy crisis, the number of requests for free shade trees in Anaheim is up 51%, to 565, from 375 last May and June.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 1995 | J.R. MOEHRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
About 500 people packed a raucous meeting Monday night and passionately debated an unusual bid from a private firm to buy the Santa Margarita Water District. The meeting of the Local Agency Formation Commission, which oversees takeovers and consolidations of special districts, continued late into the night, as supporters and opponents haggled over the ultimate costs of a $300-million purchase bid from the California-American Water Co.
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November 25, 1997 | VANESSA HUA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In preparation for deregulation of the state's power industry, Southern California Edison on Monday said it sold 10 of its gas-fired power plants, including its Huntington Beach units, for $1.1 billion in one of the largest asset sales by a utility. The Southland-area plants, which can produce a total of 7,532 megawatts, were bought by five companies from around the United States. The plants attracted 40 bidders to an auction that began a year ago.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 1998 | ESTHER SCHRADER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the two years since California mandated that water districts fluoridate tap water if they can afford it, no city in Orange County or the rest of the state has added the tooth decay-preventing substance to the water supply. California continues to lag far behind the rest of the country in fluoridating its water. Sixty-two percent of people nationwide consume fluoridated tap water, compared with 17% of Californians, according to the California Department of Health Services.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2001 | JEAN O. PASCO and DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Southern California Edison, a company that meticulously crafted itself over the past decade into one of Orange County's most visible corporate citizens, has retreated overnight from its starring role in the wake of California's energy crisis. Gone are the hotel ballrooms filled with tables of Edison executives and guests. Corporate sponsorships evaporated. Fund-raisers crossed Edison off prospect lists.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 1997 | JOHN CANALIS
Despite a lawsuit seeking an injunction to block the deal, the Irvine Ranch Water District and the Santa Ana Heights Water Co. completed their merger Friday. "At last, the will of the majority has prevailed," Art Cencel, Santa Ana Heights board president, said in a statement. "This merger is clearly the best long-term solution for ensuring a reliable water supply for the [Santa Ana Heights Water] customers at the best possible cost."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2001 | EVAN HALPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With more than 700 sanitation workers set to strike over wages at 4:30 a.m. today, residential trash collection was expected to halt in much of Orange County. Trash company representatives would not speculate on how long the strike might last, but issued a statement Sunday saying residential collection would be "postponed indefinitely for most cities and county areas."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2001 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A proposed initiative to stop out-of-county trash from being imported into Orange County has been filed, but its backers remain anonymous for now. The county counsel forwarded a ballot title and summary of the initiative to the registrar of voters Monday, but political consultant Eileen Padberg, hired to promote the initiative, said that so far none of the initiative's backers "wants to be the first to sign on as a sponsor."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 2001 | JASON SONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mesa Consolidated Water District officials are proud of their colored-water treatment plant, the only one in Orange County. There's just one problem: Nine months after it was supposed to come on-line, it has yet to deliver even a glass of water to its customers. For a variety of reasons, the $13.1-million plant in Costa Mesa for cleaning off-color well water has failed to pass the mandatory test of operating for seven days straight.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 2001 | MATTHEW EBNET, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nearly 100 Orange County mobile home residents on Thursday told state lawmakers their utility service and bills are at the mercy of unregulated and sometimes unscrupulous property managers. The testimony came during a state Senate hearing held in Garden Grove as legislators consider taking action to address a flood of complaints about shoddy utility service and overcharging at mobile home parks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2001 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Faced with increasing uncertainty about the state's energy supply, county supervisors Tuesday instructed public-works staff to explore whether the county should join Los Angeles and Anaheim in having its own power utility. The energy crisis and corresponding rate hikes have forced the county to increase its energy budget to more than $18 million a year, an increase of 40%.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2001 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With Orange County government's power bill expected to increase 40% or more, officials have been urged to look for ways to slash costs, including alternative work schedules for the county's 15,000 workers and generating its own energy. As a major energy user, the county paid $12 million over the last year for lights, air conditioning and heating at more than 220 buildings. With power costs rising, the $13.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2001 | JEAN O. PASCO and DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Southern California Edison, a company that meticulously crafted itself over the past decade into one of Orange County's most visible corporate citizens, has retreated overnight from its starring role in the wake of California's energy crisis. Gone are the hotel ballrooms filled with tables of Edison executives and guests. Corporate sponsorships evaporated. Fund-raisers crossed Edison off prospect lists.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 1989 | GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
City Atty. John Witt on Wednesday recommended that the City Council oppose San Diego Gas & Electric's proposed merger with Southern California Edison because the deal "is not in the best interests" of San Diegans. The merger would also have an impact on several South Orange County communities. In a memorandum circulated Wednesday, Witt suggested that the merger would eliminate local utility jobs, damage San Diego's civic pride and hurt the environment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 2000 | TONY PERRY and MATTHEW EBNET, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
For Carol Vanderwende and her husband, who live on a budget as they try to pay for the care of their 24-year-old mentally disabled son, electric bills already run high. The Vanderwendes installed air conditioning two years ago in their Laguna Hills home to make their son, who is deaf and has a heart disorder, more comfortable. Last month, the electric bill was $220. This month, the bill jumped to a whopping $466. "I'm literally cooking on the outdoor grill tonight," Vanderwende said.
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December 24, 2000 | MIKE ANTON and MATEA GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
As California's energy crisis threatens to boil over, Orange County consumers facing the likely prospect of higher electricity bills are steaming. About 11 million customers in Southern California and millions more around the state could be hit with rate hikes of at least 10% next year. That would happen if the state Public Utilities Commission lifted the freeze on electricity prices to bail out utilities that are struggling to cover rising power costs.
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December 21, 2000 | TONY PERRY and HECTOR BECERRA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
California's electricity crisis has prompted desperate cities and counties to consider cutting decades-old ties to private utility companies and form their own municipal power agencies. But although the rhetoric may be easy, the reality is tough. "We tell communities: It will take a long time, cost money and you're up against a formidable adversary: the investor-owned utilities that do not want to lose customers," said Madalyn Cafruny, of the Washington-based American Public Power Assn.
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