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November 27, 2011 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
A towering steel utility pole, as tall as a giant sequoia, spirals upward just behind Cris Garcia's backyard in Chino Hills, close enough to cast a shadow on his kids' swing set and, he fears, to hear the hum of the 500-kilovolt power lines that may soon go up. The towers popped up along the gentle rolling hills of this upscale San Bernardino County community earlier this year, sending the simmering local opposition into a full boil and drawing more...
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May 21, 2013 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
Southern California Edison Co. agreed Monday to pay $37 million to resolve concerns about three overloaded utility poles that sparked the 2007 Malibu Canyon fire, a settlement that would bring the total for the destructive fire to more than $60 million. Under the agreement, the utility giant would admit that it violated the law by not taking prompt action to prevent a telecommunications company from attaching fiber-optic cable to jointly owned poles in Malibu Canyon. Edison also would acknowledge that a letter it sent to the Public Utilities Commission after the fire did not identify pole overloading and termite damage as possible contributing factors in the pole failures.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 1997
Dozens of utility poles with power lines that fell onto the gymnasium of South Pasadena Middle School in a windstorm last winter will be replaced by underground wires in the next few years. The South Pasadena City Council on Wednesday night unanimously approved a plan to establish an underground utility district. The plans call for the Edison Co. to place the power lines below ground in a right-of-way behind the school.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 2013 | By Joe Piasecki, Los Angeles Times
A state probe into the widespread power outages caused by a furious 2011 windstorm was unable to determine whether toppled utility poles met safety standards because Southern California Edison destroyed most of them before they could be inspected. The winds that roared through the San Gabriel Valley knocked down hundreds of utility poles, snapped cables and uprooted scores of trees, leaving nearly a quarter of a million Edison customers without power, some for a full week. In a report released Monday, the California Public Utilities Commission found that at least 21 poles were unstable because of termite destruction, dry rot or other damage before tumbling over in wind gusts of up to 120 mph on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 2011.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 1990 | TERRY SPENCER
The last utility poles along a 5-mile stretch of Coast Highway will be removed within a month, completing a 10-year project to convert the area to underground utility lines, San Diego Gas & Electric officials said Friday. Spokesman Tom Larimore said SDG&E and the local telephone company, GTE California Inc., are removing their lines from the remaining poles, which line a quarter-mile stretch of the highway between West Street and 5th Avenue.
REAL ESTATE
May 31, 1998
Thanks for your insights on hiding utility poles ("In the Garden," May 24). I find your columns practical and generally enjoyable reading. As I am a full-time technician for a local telephone company, the subject was amusing. Part of the fulfillment of our job comes from working in people's yards and among their trees and gardens. Proper placement and maintenance of trees near utility poles can mean the difference between enjoyable surroundings or annoying, dangerous obstacles. The poles are not, unfortunately, put in place to set and forget.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 1994 | DEBRA CANO
Unsightly overhead wiring and utility poles along La Palma Avenue and portions of Stanton Avenue and Dale Street will soon vanish to enhance the appearance of the city's major shopping area. Wiring will be placed underground and the poles will be removed in the area next to Buena Park Mall as well as nearby eateries and retailers. Eliminating overhead utilities will make "our community appear more attractive," said City Manager Kevin O'Rourke, and it will also make streets safer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 1989 | BOB POOL, Times Staff Writer
Giant-sized movie posters that have popped up on utility poles in the San Fernando Valley have triggered a giant-sized dispute between two film makers. Producer James S. Green has accused producer John Daly of illegally littering Studio City with 6-foot-tall posters advertising Daly's new movie "Miracle Mile." The posters, printed in eye-searing Day-Glo colors, are "professional graffiti and in poor taste and judgment," said Green, of Green-Epstein Productions of Studio City.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 1993 | MARK LANDSBAUM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Firefighters worked for two hours to control a deliberately set fire that burned a large stack of telephone poles in an unincorporated area near the Bolsa Chica Wetlands on Sunday, sending up billowing black clouds of smoke that could be seen for 20 miles. Within six hours, arson investigators had arrested a 15-year-old Huntington Beach youth on felony arson charges, said Orange County Fire Department Capt. Dan Young.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 1991 | AARON CURTISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Brian Welch came to Los Angeles from England to be a hairstylist. Although that aspiration dissolved several years ago, he is still pretty handy with the clippers. Like the movie mutant Edward Scissorhands, whose hands were a jumble of razor-sharp metal, Welch has carved himself a reputation in his Sepulveda neighborhood as the guy who pruned and preened a shapeless tangle of ivy into a 12-foot dog topiary.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 2012 | By Kate Mather, Louis Sahagun and Mike Anton, Los Angeles Times
The shuttle Endeavour dodged plenty of space junk zipping around Earth. The question Saturday, though, was would its wing avoid an apartment building on narrow Crenshaw Drive? Could it gingerly pivot around tall pines planted in honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.? Would the streets of Inglewood and Los Angeles buckle under the weight of the 170,000-pound orbiter and its massive transport vehicle? After months of meticulous planning, those were among the myriad challenges confronting hundreds of workers who escorted Endeavour on the last leg of its 12-mile journey to the California Science Center, where it will be displayed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 2012 | By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
Cellphone providers would have to apply for a permit to place wireless transmitters atop utility poles on sidewalks, roadways and other locations in the public right of way under language adopted Tuesday by the Los Angeles City Council. Under federal law, cities have limited authority to regulate where a transmitter is located as long as it's in a public right of way. In the past, Los Angeles officials have interpreted this to mean that wireless providers don't need a permit to place their structures atop utility and light poles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 2011 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
A towering steel utility pole, as tall as a giant sequoia, spirals upward just behind Cris Garcia's backyard in Chino Hills, close enough to cast a shadow on his kids' swing set and, he fears, to hear the hum of the 500-kilovolt power lines that may soon go up. The towers popped up along the gentle rolling hills of this upscale San Bernardino County community earlier this year, sending the simmering local opposition into a full boil and drawing more...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 2011 | By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
A coastal bluff in San Pedro is slowly buckling and sliding toward the ocean, splitting open a coastal highway with sinkholes, cracks and deep crevices that are widening day by day. Crews are hurrying to move sewer and water lines and utility poles and to reroute two major storm drains that join under Paseo Del Mar. Los Angeles city engineers have been monitoring the slide's movement on the 100-foot-high bluff next to White Point Nature Preserve since...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 2011 | By Ching-Ching Ni, Los Angeles Times
The first time the Chinese biochemist performed stand-up at an open mike was at a sports bar in Somerville, Mass., where he struggled to be heard over the noise of bowling, pool and football games on the big-screen TVs. It was a lonely five-minute set. At most, eight people watched. At the end, he remembers, one guy came up to him and said, "You were probably funny, but we couldn't understand you. " He could have hung it up right then and resigned himself to his day job, doing cancer research in a lab. But Joe Wong was determined to become an American stand-up comic.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 2011 | By Ann Simmons, Los Angeles Times
Lawyers for an Acton property owner accused of building code violations will seek to defend his elaborate home expansion project as a work of art in a trial in Lancaster slated to wrap up this week. Alan Kimble Fahey, 59, spent almost three decades constructing the 20,000-square-foot labyrinth of interconnected buildings — including a 70-foot tower — he calls Phonehenge West. In 2008, Los Angeles County code enforcement officials ordered him to stop. They have demanded that he tear the structure down.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 2006 | Bob Pool, Times Staff Writer
Maybe it's purely coincidental, 93-year-old Sylvia Jacobson admits. But her heart's pacemaker started malfunctioning within days of the abrupt installation last month of a 50-foot wireless phone "micro-cell" site on a pole in front of her Hollywood Hills home. The new T-Mobile transmitter and antenna hang from a Canyon Drive telephone pole just steps from the front door of the house where she has lived for more than 65 years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 1998 | MICHAEL BAKER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
City officials, bolstered by support from neighborhood activists, have stepped up enforcement of a little-known but long-standing law that makes it illegal to post signs and handbills on trees, utility poles and government-owned structures. Some culprits want to advertise a band's weekend club appearance. Many want to promote the latest hot music CD. And still others are animal lovers looking for lost pets. But many neighborhood groups, now backed by an increasing willingness by the city attorney's office to prosecute violators, are pushing hard to stop the practice.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 2010 | By Hector Becerra
With forecasters saying tornadoes are a possibility Thursday, some are wondering how unusual such weather conditions are. Less rare than one might think, according to Bill Patzert, a climatologist for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge. Since 1950, there have been an average of about five a year in California. Some years there are none, but in 1992 there were 20, Patzert said. By the standards of the massive tornadoes that destroy small towns in places like Oklahoma and Texas, California's tornadoes are small, but they can still be destructive within a smaller scale.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 2009 | Martha Groves and Tony Perry
In the gusty predawn hours of Oct. 21, 2007, portions of three wooden utility poles in Malibu Canyon snapped and fell to the ground. Sparks from live electrical wires ignited dry brush, creating an inferno that raced down the canyon into the Civic Center area, destroying 14 structures and 36 vehicles.
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