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Power Outages Plague Highland Park

Many residents are still without power as of Sunday at 10:30 p.m, and LADWP says to expect another 10 hours for electricity to be restored.

Highland Park residents were frustrated by a series out power outages on Sunday, as many of them were still in the dark as of 10 p.m.

A customer service representative told Patch that the outages was caused by a transformer fire, and that residents should expect electricity back by 3 a.m., at the latest.

However, at 10:30 p.m., LADWP told residents no to expect a full restoration of power for another 10 hours.

"Hang in there. Our crews are working. Current est 10hrs for full restoration," @LADWP tweeted.

According to Twitter reports from Highland Park residents, the power went out at about 3:30 p.m. in the Garvanza area, came back at 8 p.m. for about an hour, and then went out again.

Street lights were non-functional at the corner of Avenue 58 and North Figueroa Street, while only one block west at Avenue 57 lights and traffic signals were functioning as usual.

Xato August 13, 2012 at 07:01 AM
Lights just came on at 11:50 pm. having a "lights out" party with a neighbor. Gotta make the best of it ya know~!
carol van beek August 13, 2012 at 07:15 AM
Woo hoo! Lights are back on, just as I was cursing DWP for keeping on moving the time for restoration back. Mostly, I've been frustrated because I called them at 3:30 and told them a transformer in my neighborhood blew and they said they would send out a crew and I never saw a crew up in their basket working on the transformers. None the less, my street has power again. I'm wondering if they intentionally wait until they figure people go to sleep and the power demand is less before they start it up again.
Ish August 13, 2012 at 08:02 AM
The power has gone out every day for a few days now. I live near the DWP Plant on Ave. 61. I wonder if that has anything to do with it.
ezio giraldo August 13, 2012 at 10:11 AM
cleland was down for about 15 minutes
La vie en rose August 13, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Shameful,we are not a third world country.why can't DWP have this power thing figured out by now.Demand and supply,hello?
Sara August 13, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Highland Park seems to have more than its fair share of power outtages. Every time there is a storm or really hot weather, the power goes out and residents are extremely inconvenienced. In the case of hot weather, lives could even be in danger as elderly or sick HP residents suffer without any means of relief. We should all be calling our councilmen and complaining - loudly - to DPW. Somehow I'm guessing that Beverly Hills and Brentwood don't have this problem ... just sayin'.
Gil August 13, 2012 at 04:13 PM
It drizzles, the power goes out, It gets a little windy, the power goes out, it gets to hot, power goes out. it gets to cold, power goes out. Either LADWP really stink at there jobs or they purposly ignore and neglect are area.. Every year, through out the year power goes out at my home and business in 90042. Last year 8 total days without power. This year 2 days so far.
Punk Attitude August 13, 2012 at 05:06 PM
The power goes out in Highland Park all the time. There's a DWP power station on Avenue 61 and Monte Vista. You have to be kidding they can't figure this out. DWP also did a bunch of work digging up all the streets between York and Figueroa including Monte Vista where the power station is located. In fact there's still work going on at York and Fig!! I think HP is the sacrificial power pig for Downtown skyscrapers, the Staples, and whatever 24 hour power hog goes on nearest to the HP. Total nonsense !!!!!!!!!!!! LADWP employees get bank pay, juicy retirement, and they just raised the rates. Make HP part of the "solar" experiment Villaraigosa keeps plugging - get us off the grid partially so we can be up and running. And, no Beverly Hills did not suffer a power outage.
frank van neutra lautner August 13, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Reliability of LADWP service is pathetic to point being dangerous. Of course you can be sure Reyes will do nothing to apply pressure upon LADWP to better for his constituents. The powers that be in city/local government better start to wake up because people with money who educated, organized and civically engaged are coming and we will not tolerate this shoddy treatment much longer!
Starskull August 13, 2012 at 06:15 PM
FYI when I lived in Bev Hills it wasn't LADWP. We had SoCal Edison. This is the first time we've lived in LADWP territory and it does seem like HP needs a serious re-vamp, not temporary fixes that don't even last the weekend.
frank van neutra lautner August 13, 2012 at 06:50 PM
The problem with the LADWP power distribution is that it's one of the oldest sections in the system and it's much like a dilapidated 94 year old house that has had numerous iffy additions all built with now obsolete components, many of which have not yet been upgraded.
frank van neutra lautner August 13, 2012 at 07:19 PM
I've been on hold now exactly one hour as I've waited to speak to an LADWP representative from the planning department for this area.
frank van neutra lautner August 13, 2012 at 08:16 PM
I've been on hold now exactly TWO HOURS as I've waited to speak to an LADWP representative from the planning department for this area.
Lastradioman August 13, 2012 at 08:54 PM
This latest DWP caper may be of interest to a TV news investigative reporter... "HP and Garvanza Ignored" Perhaps DWP has a bias or prejudice against the demographics of our communities and give preferential treatment to other communities? The (DWP power) infrastructure around here is OLD. One wonders if the power transformers (the big, round black cans mounted on power poles every few blocks) still contain highly toxic transformer (cooling) oil with PCBs! Look around and you see shoddy workmanship- old hardware, dirty/arcing insulators not replaced or cleaned, poles or guying that need replacement. For a simple "transformer", it should have taken only a few hours to replace. (Maybe the DWP employee union won't let their employees near old transformers with PCBs??) This DWP caper took many hours, and affected a wide area. Probably not a transformer, since the pole-mounted ones only serve a handful of homes. I was unimpressed with DWP during the winds last December. True, it was a large-scale problem, but DWP left 4800Volt lines dangling on the sidewalk where pedestrians/vehicles could get killed-injured. LA Fire had to keep responding to our area as DWPs hot wires kept re-igniting a fire in a pine tree. LA Fire respurces were wasted playing safety monitor to the downed wires until some CERT or other volunteers showed up! One of the posts said third-world... I'd agree!
frank van neutra lautner August 13, 2012 at 09:22 PM
The Highland Park case worker from Ed Reyes' district office says that, other than after the big wind storm, they have received many (or any) calls from constituents with concerns about the lack of robust or reliable electric service from LADWP over the years. What do you think about that, folks?
frank van neutra lautner August 13, 2012 at 09:23 PM
CORRECTION: The Highland Park case worker from Ed Reyes' district office says that, other than after the big wind storm, they have NOT received many (or any) calls from constituents with concerns about the lack of robust or reliable electric service from LADWP over the years.
Hank Hill August 13, 2012 at 09:33 PM
DWP and LAPD all dragged their feet yesterday and ignored the situation for hours and hours. Power was off for well over 12 hours and didn't return until after 5am this morning. Calls to both DWP and LAPD throughout the day and night gave no information, help, or even an interest in keeping residents abreast of what was going on. It was shameful. An LAPD patrol car finally arrived to check on a neighbor's 911 complaint of men (possibly DWP) in the their fenced in locked backyard at 3am. The LAPD officers had NO idea that there was even a power outage, even though it had begun 12 hours earlier. Embarrassing and scary to not be informed of whats going on under your jurisdiction. Are we in good hands here?
Steve South of York August 13, 2012 at 10:43 PM
I've worked in the municipal utility field for another local city in the past and am somewhat familiar with such matters. The power infrastructure is indeed very old in Highland Park. In fact, the very first pole set in the ground for the newly established LADWP was in 1916 at Fig and Piedmont in front of the library (http://waterandpower.org/museum/First%20Electricity%20in%20Los%20Angeles.html). The system desperately needs upgrading. DWP customers pay less per kWh than neighboring utilities, including SCE (see slide #23: https://www.ladwp.com/cs/idcplg?IdcService=GET_FILE&dDocName=OPLADWP006232&RevisionSelectionMethod=LatestReleased). Yet, every time the DWP asks for a rate increase to help improve the system, it gets shut down by the LA City Council-members who want to be seen as protecting their constituents from rate increase when they should be protecting their constituents from outages, instead! Maybe you should be asking your councilperson not to grandstand and chastise DWP, but instead ask them to support a rate increase. I, as a DWP customer living in Highland Park, wouldn't mind paying an extra $3 or $4 a month if it was going to fund improvements. The same goes for schools, roads, and other City services. That's part of living in civilized society, folks!
frank van neutra lautner August 13, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Steve, thanks for the info. So that means I was precisely historically accurate regarding date/number of years when I said: "The problem with the LADWP power distribution is that it's one of the oldest sections in the system and it's much like a dilapidated 94 year old house that has had numerous iffy additions all built with now obsolete components, many of which have not yet been upgraded." :-)
Punk Attitude August 14, 2012 at 01:22 AM
AGREED
Punk Attitude August 14, 2012 at 01:25 AM
The LAPD knew about the blackout because I CALLED THEM at 6:30. I also called Ed Reyes office today as well and complained. So if Ed Reyes's office told you NO ONE called to complain that is a lie unless you called BEFORE me.
frank van neutra lautner August 14, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Punk, I called Ed Reyes' office at 1:20 yesterday. I was told I would get a call back from Ed Reyes' office and from someone from LADWP. 24 hours later, I've yet to receive any calls from either.

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