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May 7, 2001 | NANCY CLEELAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lineman Ernie Lopez has been rousted out of bed on countless cold, rainy nights. He's climbed 100-foot utility poles in heavy winds and grabbed live electrical lines with nothing but a pair of rubber gloves to protect him. But the hardest thing Lopez has done in 20 years at Southern California Edison is walk away from a darkened apartment building while residents pleaded for their heat. It happened in late January.
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February 7, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Utility workers struggled Friday to continue repairing downed power lines, but hundreds of thousands of people remained without electricity two days after a major storm swept through Pennsylvania and Maryland. More than a foot of snow fell in many areas of the Northeast in the second of two snowstorms this week. On Friday, biting cold moved through the mid-Atlantic region, complicating repair work. Utility companies reported more than 325,000 customers without power in Pennsylvania, along with about 50,000 in Maryland.
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December 7, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
To the list of people angry about the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, add many of the emergency workers who helped restore power on Long Island but have yet to receive their full pay and expenses. According to one of the unions representing electrical workers, as many as 17,000 employees -- some of whom worked on Sandy cleanup and some who didn't -- are having trouble getting paid by National Grid, which operates the power system for the Long Island Power Authority, the nonprofit municipal utility.
OPINION
January 28, 2014
Re "9/11 museum's admission fee stirs ire," Jan. 25 I worked in the World Trade Center. I volunteered at nearby St. Paul's Chapel after the 9/11 attacks, tending to those who worked in "the pit" - police officers and firefighters from all over, construction workers, utility workers and anyone else who came to help. I was also one of the many New Yorkers who thought the twin light beams reaching up to heaven were the perfect memorial. All right, they went and built a museum.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 1988
The explosion in the electrical vault beneath a downtown intersection that injured seven Department of Water and Power workers (Metro, July 9) was a sobering reminder of how much we users of public utilities and services take for granted when it comes to having everything in running order. Every day crews such as this ill-fated one fan out across our city to do their assigned tasks below and above our streets. These unsung tenders of our infrastructure assure us of being able to tap into our creature comforts and conveniences, not fully appreciating the toil and toll exacted by their duties.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 1997 | DEBRA CANO
Utility workers called in sick Wednesday in an apparent job action against the city over the absence of a contract. Officials of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 47, which represents about 185 city water and electrical workers, said at least 160 employees failed to show up for work. City officials placed the number at 88 workers in the utilities department, which includes water, electric and customer service employees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2003 | Michael Krikorian, Times Staff Writer
More than two dozen senior citizens in Los Angeles have been victimized in recent weeks by people who pose as utility workers, then steal valuables once they enter their prey's property, Councilwoman Wendy Greuel said Monday. In February, the Los Angeles Police Department reported 28 such cases, with victims' ages ranging from 74 to 91.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 1994 | TRACY WILSON
Three Gas Co. employees were burned Wednesday when the gas line they were replacing in a Camarillo residential neighborhood exploded, fire officials said. Dave Schrader of Newbury Park, and Dan Neubauer and Chris Mallory, both of Simi Valley, suffered first- and second-degree burns as a result of the blast, which occurred about 3:10 p.m. All three were treated and released from Pleasant Valley Hospital, a nursing supervisor said.
NATIONAL
June 4, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Three pit bulls attacked a power company worker in Port St. John, tearing off the woman's ear and part of her scalp. Carol Dennison, a 20-year employee with Florida Power & Light Co., was taken to a hospital for surgery. FPL spokesman Sandy Sanderson said Dennison's injuries were critical but not life-threatening. Dennison, 56, was approaching a fenced-in backyard to read a meter when the dogs jumped the fence and attacked.
NEWS
January 31, 1986 | Associated Press
A steam line at a coal-fired power plant exploded Thursday and at least 14 Detroit Edison Co. employees were injured, officials said. They said no one was seriously hurt, and the cause of the blast had not yet been determined.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Richard Winton
On this stretch of Stone Canyon Road in Bel-Air, Robert Bandler was known as "the color of the neighborhood. " He often wore fatigues and a military hat. He once crashed a wedding across the street. He ended some conversations by saying "over and out" and played historic war speeches late at night, loud enough for neighbors to hear. Los Angeles police officers knew him well from numerous calls to the home for odd behavior. Officers who patrolled the area even gave him a nickname: "Crazy Bob. " "He was the talk of the neighborhood, he was the color of the neighborhood," said 73-year-old Stephen Verona, who lives across the street.
OPINION
May 30, 2013
Re "Greuel team lost control of message, insiders say," May 27 While I agree that Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel's mayoral campaign was wrought with missteps and mixed messages, I think The Times overlooks the fact that Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti ran a pretty good campaign. He not only capitalized on his strengths, he was also able to use Greuel's strengths and endorsements against her very effectively. Greuel did Garcetti a favor by being so negative, enabling him to appear cool as a cucumber.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 2013 | Kate Linthicum and Laura J. Nelson
Mayoral rivals Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti squared off over the role of outside spending in Los Angeles elections during a debate Monday night in Westwood. Speaking before an audience of several hundred at Sinai Temple, Garcetti attacked Greuel for not agreeing to sign a pledge that would have required the candidates to give charities the equivalent of half of the money spent on their behalf by independent groups that can accept unlimited contributions. Garcetti called the $3.5 million spent on Greuel's behalf by the union representing Department of Water and Power workers "a brand-new record to buy this race.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2013 | By Alene Tchekmedyian
After a year in the Burbank Animal Shelter, the Labrador-pit bull mix that taught utility workers how not to get bitten has finally found a new home. Hazel was given up by her owner last March after the dog reportedly didn't allow utility workers in her backyard. But officials said her friendly nature made her the perfect participant for bite prevention training sessions with Burbank Water and Power workers, helping to educate them about how to approach dogs while in the field.
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February 20, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Workers searching through the site of a Kansas City restaurant destroyed in a gas explosion and fire have recovered the remains of one person, officials said Wednesday. It was too soon to know the sex of the person, Mayor Sly James said at a news conference. Earlier, officials had told reporters that they were looking for a missing female worker at JJ's restaurant, but added they couldn't be sure that they had accounted for every other person in the restaurant. At least seven people who were injured in the explosion at JJ's restaurant remained hospitalized Wednesday, including two listed in critical condition.
NATIONAL
December 7, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
To the list of people angry about the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, add many of the emergency workers who helped restore power on Long Island but have yet to receive their full pay and expenses. According to one of the unions representing electrical workers, as many as 17,000 employees -- some of whom worked on Sandy cleanup and some who didn't -- are having trouble getting paid by National Grid, which operates the power system for the Long Island Power Authority, the nonprofit municipal utility.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 1998
Two men who posed as utility workers shot and killed one person Sunday morning during a home invasion robbery in Baldwin Hills, police said. The men, dressed in orange uniforms, entered a home in the 3400 block of South Cochran Avenue about 8:40 a.m. by telling the residents they were utility repairmen. After tying up one resident and fatally shooting the other, the men stole a 1998 silver Lexus and fled, police said. The car was later recovered.
NEWS
September 14, 1988 | From Times Wire Services
Six of this town's 10 remaining public utility workers have been fired after testing positive for illegal drugs, city officials said Tuesday. Another employee, senior utility worker Gary Della Vecchia, 29, was fired two weeks ago after he was arrested for allegedly possessing methamphetamines for sale, authorities said. City Personnel Director Dave Milheim did not identify the six fired workers or the drugs reportedly involved.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 2011 | By Abby Sewell and Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
Utility repair crews took advantage of Sunday's relatively mild weather to restore power to many customers as weather forecasters warned of another blast of high winds expected early Monday. Meanwhile, thousands of residents who had remained without power after more than three days hunkered down for another chilly night without electricity to power their TVs and computers. Southern California Edison reported Sunday that about 38,445 customers remained without power, down from more than 200,000 on Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 2011 | By Mike Anton, Louis Sahagun and Richard Marosi, Los Angeles Times
A utility worker doing maintenance near Yuma, Ariz., triggered a massive blackout that jammed roads, closed schools and businesses, grounded planes and left more than 4 million people across a large swath of Southern California and Mexico without power. The blackout Thursday brought routine life to a halt. Many offices closed, but workers endured gridlock getting home because traffic lights were out. Officials said they noticed an increase in fender-benders in some areas as drivers tried to navigate the roads.
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