Contact: Tony Bell, Communications Deputy
Office: (213) 974-5555 Cell: (213) 215-5176
November 13, 2009 For Immediate Release
ANTONOVICH CALLS ON P.U.C. TO DENY EDISON APPLICATION TO RAISE USER RATES TO REPAIR POWER LINES FROM FIRE DAMAGE
LOS ANGELES COUNTY – “It is unconscionable for Edison to place an additional burden on its customers to fix lines damaged by fire -- when the company refuses to reroute its own lines from high-fire areas,” said Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich on Edison’s application with the California Public Utility Commission for a customer rate increase.
In a letter to the PUC, Supervisor Antonovich criticized the application and suggested that Edison listen to the needs of the communities it serves and reroute the lines. “It would be less expensive in the long-term if the lines were reconfigured in areas better suited for them or placed underground to prevent the inevitable and repeated destruction.”
(See attached letter.)