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September 25, 2007
An underground transformer on South Coast Highway failed at 11:04 a.m. Tuesday, dousing the lights for some 2,000 Southern California Edison customers in the area of downtown Laguna Beach. Most of the area was restored to power by noon, but about 40 customers between Mermaid and Cleo Streets on South Coast Highway will be without power indefinitely while the transformer is repaired or replaced, said Steve Conroy, spokesman for Southern California Edison. "This will be an extended outage [for the 40 customers]
NEWS
June 7, 2002
Mary A. Castillo The children at the Even Start Preschool program were thrown a birthday bash by Katherine Del Rio and Sharon Coleman of Southern California Edison Saddleback Service Center.Every year the preschool celebrates the children's birthdays in Bluebird Park. But last Wednesday, 20 preschoolers were treated to balloons, gifts, hand-painting and a giant cake, said Terry Anne Barman, director of the program. "The kids had a great time," she said.
NEWS
May 6, 2013
City officials accepted a $63,403 check from Southern California Edison for costs associated with the September fire above Ruby's Diner, according to the city of Laguna Beach's website. The money also covers costs the city incurred while replanting the hillside, the website said. The reimbursement means the city will not need to charge area property owners to recover money used for repairing the site. Laguna Terrace is seeking its own reimbursement from Edison, according to the city.
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By Joanna Clay | November 19, 2012
Laguna Beach residents should plan for lane closures and power outages until January, according to the city. Southern California Edison will begin to replace three miles of power transmission lines and poles on Laguna Canyon Road, stretching from the 73 toll road to the Sawdust Art Festival grounds. The upgrade is necessary for the city and its electrical energy needs, the city said, adding that the work was expected to begin by the end of this month. The majority of work is planned to occur at night in an effort to not affect traffic congestion.
NEWS
February 24, 2014
Southern California Edison is urging residents and business owners to be aware of a wire fraud scam. Callers are misrepresenting themselves as utility employees and threatening to turn off electric and gas service to the customer if an immediate payment is not made, according to a Laguna Beach news release. Customers are instructed to purchase a pre-pay credit card and directed to another phone number where information is then obtained from the card and the cash value removed.
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January 23, 2004
Andrew Edwards After years of effort, Arch Beach Heights residents' views will soon be free of utility poles. Utility workers with Southern California Edison had planned to remove the last telephone pole from its former spot in the 700 block of Gainsborough Drive on Wednesday morning. However, Southern California Edison employees had to abandon Wednesday's plans to attend to problems resulting from the previous night's rainfall. The company now hopes to finish the removal today.
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By Bryce Alderton | April 5, 2013
Laguna Beach police are investigating an alleged scam involving a male caller who claimed to be from Southern California Edison and tried to extort money from a local business, according to police. Police said the owner of Coast Highway Laundromat & Dry Cleaners was told he needed to pay $898 via a prepaid card to cover an outstanding bill. The owner was not behind on any electric bills, Laguna Beach Police Sgt. Louise Callus wrote in an email. Police have not made any arrests. Impostors have been calling Edison customers, both residential and commercial, claiming they must make immediate payment for alleged past due bills or the electricity will be turned off, according to an Edison news release.
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From the Los Angeles Times | November 1, 2012
The costs of the outage at the San Onofre nuclear plant continue to soar, but it remains unclear who will ultimately foot the bill. Edison International, the parent company of plant operator and majority owner Southern California Edison, reported its third quarter earnings Thursday, including new details on the costs of the troubles at the plant. The company reported that inspection and repair costs relating to the outage totaled $96 million as of Sept. 30, and the costs of replacing its power had risen to $221 million.
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton and By Bryce Alderton | November 25, 2013
Laguna Beach police sent an alert last week to area businesses warning of an apparent telephone scam that demands immediate payment for allegedly past-due electricity bills, according to a police news release. Impostors have been calling Southern California Edison customers stating they must make immediate payment on past due bills or their electric service will be disconnected, the release said. The callers also demand payment be made through a prepaid cash card, such as a PayPal or Green Dot card.
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By Billy Fried | May 16, 2013
Amid a spate of promising economic news, home values are climbing. Now for the bad news. For the first time in human history, the concentration of climate-warming carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is nearing the milestone level of 400 parts per million. We continue to ingest the hazardous waste known as processed and genetically modified foods. And if that's not enough to kill ya, there's talk of opening San Onofre again. The Nuclear Regulatory Committee, a notoriously fractured committee composed of industry insiders, is about to rubber stamp a "no significant hazard" certification, allowing San Onofre to reopen its failed reactors as early as June.
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February 24, 2014
Southern California Edison is urging residents and business owners to be aware of a wire fraud scam. Callers are misrepresenting themselves as utility employees and threatening to turn off electric and gas service to the customer if an immediate payment is not made, according to a Laguna Beach news release. Customers are instructed to purchase a pre-pay credit card and directed to another phone number where information is then obtained from the card and the cash value removed.
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By Beau Nicolette | January 13, 2014
The Laguna Beach City Council voted unanimously to enter an agreement with Southern California Edison to waive the need for a coastal development permit for replacing utility poles. "We feel like this was a win for [the city]," Mayor Pro Tem Bob Whalen said. He said Edison has been replacing poles with little communication or agreement with the city. Public Works Director Steve May said Edison was not required to get a permit to replace a pole with one of the same size and location but should have for replacements that were taller or in a new spot.
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By Bryce Alderton | December 31, 2013
Residents of Laguna Beach and other California cities must wait until at least mid-January to find out if they will receive refunds from two utility companies because of decisions made related to the failed San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, including the purchase of replacement power. The California Public Utilities Commission, which oversees the state's utility companies, pushed back a public hearing and vote to Jan. 16, commission spokesman Christopher Chow wrote in an email.
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By Bryce Alderton and By Bryce Alderton | November 25, 2013
Laguna Beach police sent an alert last week to area businesses warning of an apparent telephone scam that demands immediate payment for allegedly past-due electricity bills, according to a police news release. Impostors have been calling Southern California Edison customers stating they must make immediate payment on past due bills or their electric service will be disconnected, the release said. The callers also demand payment be made through a prepaid cash card, such as a PayPal or Green Dot card.
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By Barbara Diamond | September 12, 2013
City officials are looking for ways to make utility undergrounding and street lighting in Laguna Beach more efficient and less expensive. The City Council voted unanimously Sept. 5 to request proposals from consultants to evaluate the advantages in time and money of a citywide rather than piecemeal undergrounding project, with or without Laguna Canyon Road. "This is economy of scale," said Arnold Hano, who has lobbied for citywide undergrounding. "The project is going to cost a phenomenal amount of money.
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By Bryce Alderton | August 8, 2013
Laguna Beach residents will probably have to wait several months to find out whether their electricity rates will change as a result of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station's closure. Southern California Edison has already raised rates and San Diego Gas & Electric plans to raise rates, as both do periodically, but the increase for Edison customers may change and the amount of the SDG&E increase will depend on whether the companies get approval to reduce costs that previously went to operate and maintain the San Onofre station.
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By Billy Fried | May 16, 2013
Amid a spate of promising economic news, home values are climbing. Now for the bad news. For the first time in human history, the concentration of climate-warming carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is nearing the milestone level of 400 parts per million. We continue to ingest the hazardous waste known as processed and genetically modified foods. And if that's not enough to kill ya, there's talk of opening San Onofre again. The Nuclear Regulatory Committee, a notoriously fractured committee composed of industry insiders, is about to rubber stamp a "no significant hazard" certification, allowing San Onofre to reopen its failed reactors as early as June.
NEWS
May 15, 2013
The following is from the May 7 City Council meeting. All council members were present. * PUBLIC COMMUNICATIONS The public is allowed to speak on any subject not on the agenda. Speakers generally are limited to three minutes, but the time can be adjusted by the council. •Kendra Ulrich of Washington, D.C., thanked the council on behalf of Friends of the Earth for showing leadership and passing a resolution expressing concern about the San Onofre nuclear reactors.
NEWS
May 6, 2013
City officials accepted a $63,403 check from Southern California Edison for costs associated with the September fire above Ruby's Diner, according to the city of Laguna Beach's website. The money also covers costs the city incurred while replanting the hillside, the website said. The reimbursement means the city will not need to charge area property owners to recover money used for repairing the site. Laguna Terrace is seeking its own reimbursement from Edison, according to the city.
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | April 5, 2013
Laguna Beach police are investigating an alleged scam involving a male caller who claimed to be from Southern California Edison and tried to extort money from a local business, according to police. Police said the owner of Coast Highway Laundromat & Dry Cleaners was told he needed to pay $898 via a prepaid card to cover an outstanding bill. The owner was not behind on any electric bills, Laguna Beach Police Sgt. Louise Callus wrote in an email. Police have not made any arrests. Impostors have been calling Edison customers, both residential and commercial, claiming they must make immediate payment for alleged past due bills or the electricity will be turned off, according to an Edison news release.
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