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August 28, 2012
A windstorm-driven measure requiring power companies to update emergency plans and coordinate better with local governments has passed both houses of the state legislature and is awaiting consideration by the governor, according to Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D- La Cañada Flintridge.) The bill would require the California Public Utilities Commission to set preparedness standards for utilities and compel utilities to meet with local agencies every two years. Portantino introduced the bill after strong windstorms in the fall of 2011 knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of San Gabriel Valley residents, with some in the dark for a week.
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November 27, 2013
This Saturday, Nov. 30, marks the two-year anniversary that my family's home, and hundreds of other La Cañada Flintridge homes, lost their power for six to seven days following a windstorm. Thousands of additional LCF homes also lost their power during the same windstorm, for periods lasting from two to five days. This is an excellent opportunity to publicly ask Southern California Edison and the city of La Cañada Flintridge what's being done to alleviate this untenable situation from ever happening again.
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September 24, 2012
A bill requiring utilities to update emergency plans and work closely with local governments has been signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown. The measure, inspired by Southern California Edison's lackluster response to last year's windstorm, was introduced by Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge). AB 1650 requires privately-owned utilities to develop an emergency and disaster preparedness plan every two years and to hold comprehensive disaster preparedness meetings with the counties and cities they service, starting within three months of Jan. 1, 2013.
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February 14, 2012
The La Cañada school board is mulling over how to restore instructional minutes lost from last year's windstorm. Schools were closed Dec. 1-2 due to the power outage following the windstorm that uprooted trees and left thousands in the dark. Teachers have already made adjustments to their lesson plans, Supt. Wendy Sinnette stated in a press release Tuesday, but the board plans to meet with the La Cañada Teachers Association Feb. 29 to fully vet their options. "[B]oth the teachers and the District recognize the impact of the emergency weather conditions on the school year calendar and the importance of coming together to look at any potential calendar alterations for restoring instructional time," stated Sinnette.
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December 21, 2011
A forced three-day closure due to damage caused by the Nov. 30 windstorm resulted in a $30,000 loss in revenue to Descanso Gardens, officials there announced Tuesday. The facility, which suffered the loss of six trees, several uprooted plants and damaged irrigation systems, was closed Dec. 1-Dec. 3 due to the clean-up that was required, as well as to an extended power outage. “Fortunately, Descanso Gardens largely escaped serious damage and loss from the windstorm event, re-opening to the community Sunday morning, December 4, with partial power.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | September 17, 2012
La Cañada Flintridge will replace 29 trees it lost during the 2011 windstorm, thanks to a $50,000 grant from Los Angeles County. The funds will cover the labor and materials required to remove remaining tree stumps and plant new trees, according to city officials. The new trees will be planted by the end of the year, according to a city statement. The contractor who plants the new trees will be responsible for watering them for three months, after which the city will take over maintenance of the trees.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | July 11, 2012
During the windstorm that rocked La Cañada Flintridge in December, uprooted trees smashed into cars and homes while other trees suffered damage that wouldn't become immediately apparent. Months later, four residents have filed claims asking the city to pay for damage inflicted by city-owned trees. But the city says the damage is not its responsibility. Resident Emily Larcher asked for $1,050 after a city-owned Chinese elm uprooted on Feb. 16 and fell on her fence. She said she remembers the morning it fell, as contractors were repairing other damage from the windstorm.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | September 26, 2012
A new law inspired by the windstorms that hammered the San Gabriel Valley in 2011 was signed into law over the weekend, forcing utilities to develop emergency management plans and work closely with local cities on how to respond to natural disasters. The bill, introduced by Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge), requires Southern California Edison and other privately owned utilities to develop an emergency and disaster preparedness plan every two years and to hold comprehensive disaster preparedness meetings with the counties and cities they service.
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By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | December 14, 2011
Having dodged a bullet when this week's rainfall was not as heavy as anticipated, officials continue to call on La Cañada Flintridge residents to clear away yard waste and debris generated by the recent windstorm before more rain arrives. The city helped advertise county-sponsored green waste disposal opportunities last weekend in anticipation of Monday's rain, said Kevin Chun, director of administrative services. “We did make preparations in anticipation of the rains, but as it turns out, the rains were uneventful for us,” Chun said.
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November 27, 2013
This Saturday, Nov. 30, marks the two-year anniversary that my family's home, and hundreds of other La Cañada Flintridge homes, lost their power for six to seven days following a windstorm. Thousands of additional LCF homes also lost their power during the same windstorm, for periods lasting from two to five days. This is an excellent opportunity to publicly ask Southern California Edison and the city of La Cañada Flintridge what's being done to alleviate this untenable situation from ever happening again.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | September 26, 2012
A new law inspired by the windstorms that hammered the San Gabriel Valley in 2011 was signed into law over the weekend, forcing utilities to develop emergency management plans and work closely with local cities on how to respond to natural disasters. The bill, introduced by Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge), requires Southern California Edison and other privately owned utilities to develop an emergency and disaster preparedness plan every two years and to hold comprehensive disaster preparedness meetings with the counties and cities they service.
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September 24, 2012
A bill requiring utilities to update emergency plans and work closely with local governments has been signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown. The measure, inspired by Southern California Edison's lackluster response to last year's windstorm, was introduced by Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge). AB 1650 requires privately-owned utilities to develop an emergency and disaster preparedness plan every two years and to hold comprehensive disaster preparedness meetings with the counties and cities they service, starting within three months of Jan. 1, 2013.
THE818NOW
By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | September 17, 2012
La Cañada Flintridge will replace 29 trees it lost during the 2011 windstorm, thanks to a $50,000 grant from Los Angeles County. The funds will cover the labor and materials required to remove remaining tree stumps and plant new trees, according to city officials. The new trees will be planted by the end of the year, according to a city statement. The contractor who plants the new trees will be responsible for watering them for three months, after which the city will take over maintenance of the trees.
NEWS
August 28, 2012
A windstorm-driven measure requiring power companies to update emergency plans and coordinate better with local governments has passed both houses of the state legislature and is awaiting consideration by the governor, according to Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D- La Cañada Flintridge.) The bill would require the California Public Utilities Commission to set preparedness standards for utilities and compel utilities to meet with local agencies every two years. Portantino introduced the bill after strong windstorms in the fall of 2011 knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of San Gabriel Valley residents, with some in the dark for a week.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | July 11, 2012
During the windstorm that rocked La Cañada Flintridge in December, uprooted trees smashed into cars and homes while other trees suffered damage that wouldn't become immediately apparent. Months later, four residents have filed claims asking the city to pay for damage inflicted by city-owned trees. But the city says the damage is not its responsibility. Resident Emily Larcher asked for $1,050 after a city-owned Chinese elm uprooted on Feb. 16 and fell on her fence. She said she remembers the morning it fell, as contractors were repairing other damage from the windstorm.
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February 14, 2012
The La Cañada school board is mulling over how to restore instructional minutes lost from last year's windstorm. Schools were closed Dec. 1-2 due to the power outage following the windstorm that uprooted trees and left thousands in the dark. Teachers have already made adjustments to their lesson plans, Supt. Wendy Sinnette stated in a press release Tuesday, but the board plans to meet with the La Cañada Teachers Association Feb. 29 to fully vet their options. "[B]oth the teachers and the District recognize the impact of the emergency weather conditions on the school year calendar and the importance of coming together to look at any potential calendar alterations for restoring instructional time," stated Sinnette.
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By Anita S. Brenner | December 21, 2011
When we moved to La Cañada in the mid-1970s, we expected our power to go out with every storm. We knew we were moving to the tules - too far east of Westwood to order La Barbera's pizza and too far west of Manhattan to order anything. La Cañada was not yet an incorporated city. Michael Cunningham (LCHS '70) was not yet a famous author (“The Hours”). We bought our books in Pasadena at Vroman's, not in La Cañada. People rode horses down Foothill Boulevard, past La Cañada Feed and Seed.
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December 21, 2011
A forced three-day closure due to damage caused by the Nov. 30 windstorm resulted in a $30,000 loss in revenue to Descanso Gardens, officials there announced Tuesday. The facility, which suffered the loss of six trees, several uprooted plants and damaged irrigation systems, was closed Dec. 1-Dec. 3 due to the clean-up that was required, as well as to an extended power outage. “Fortunately, Descanso Gardens largely escaped serious damage and loss from the windstorm event, re-opening to the community Sunday morning, December 4, with partial power.
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