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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | November 11, 2010
GLENDALE — Gusty winds on Thursday caused power outages and toppled trees, causing messes throughout the day. A large tree limb in the 700 block of East Broadway fell onto a parked vehicle, while a pine tree collapsed and destroyed two parked cars in the 4100 block of Lauderdale Avenue, said Steve Zurn, Glendale public works director. The pine tree was on private property, so the property owner was responsible for removing it, city spokeswoman Vicki Gardner said. City crews repaired a power line that was damaged by the tree.
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February 28, 2014
A power outage was reported in the La Crescenta area at 9:25 a.m., affecting 1,396 customers, according to Southern California Edison officials. Officials have not determined a cause, Robert Villegas, a spokesman for the utility, said.  The boundaries of the impacted area are Whittier Drive to the north, Verdugo Boulevard to the south, Loma Vista Drive to the east and Rosemont Avenue to the west. “We expect restoration in the early afternoon,” Villegas said. Rosemont Middle School Asst.
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December 6, 2012
A failed relay unit located near a main transformer is to blame for knocking out the power at Glendale Community College on two separate days over a weeklong period, official said Thursday. Electricians were able to repair the equipment Wednesday night after power outages forced administrators to close the campus Nov. 30 and Dec. 5. After turning students away on Wednesday, school resumed Thursday morning after electricians brought the power back after 8 p.m. Wednesday night.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | January 18, 2014
Balloons, equipment failure and squirrels were among the top causes of electricity outages in Glendale between 2008 and 2012, according to a city report released this week. Balloons caused the most outages, 47 out of 292, not counting ones prompted by unknown causes, but Ramon Abueg, chief assistant general manager of electric and water at Glendale Water & Power, said some of those were likely caused by balloons that may have disintegrated after touching power lines. “People need to be more aware when they release Mylar balloons, they cause a lot of problems,” Abueg said.
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By Melanie Hicken, melanie.hicken@latimes.com | December 17, 2010
CITY HALL — City officials got a sneak peek Thursday at a new and improved electrical substation — the result of a roughly $12-million project that utility officials say will make the electrical supply more reliable. In 2009, the City Council approved the roughly $12-million contract with Beta Engineering LLC for the demolition and replacement of the existing Glorietta substation in north Glendale, which serves 4,000 customers. The facility is one of 13 electric substations that serve as middle points between the bulk power grid and electric lines.
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By Robert S. Hong | April 13, 2007
NORTHEAST GLENDALE — Strong winds Thursday afternoon caused several power outages in the city and toppled a 100-foot tree that grazed the side of a home on the corner of Geneva and Mountain streets as it fell. No one was injured, and the owners were not home when the tree fell, but part of the roof was chipped off and some awning ripped off the front of the house. The tree also bent part of a street sign on the corner of the sidewalk. Neighbor Keri Guevara was walking down the street when she saw the tree come crashing down.
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November 13, 2012
As I watch the way people are having to cope from the results of Hurricane Sandy, particularly the power outages, it occurs to me that we in our city of Glendale will undoubtedly suffer from power outages that will leave the city totally in the black when the Big One hits. When the 1994 Northridge quake hit, we had a gas turbine generator that could start up and run without any outside power for its auxiliaries. Several years later this generator was sold and removed, and is now providing backup emergency power in South Africa.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | December 29, 2010
GLENDALE — A fast-moving rainstorm on Wednesday did not cause significant damage to soaked local hillsides, but officials said they were ready for a new form of danger as strong wind gusts were expected to hit the region and stay through Thursday. The National Weather Service on Wednesday issued a high wind warning until noon Thursday, with sustained winds expected to hit 40 mph and gusts reaching up to 65 mph. With the ground saturated by heavy rains, and powerful winds carrying the potential of causing severe damage — including downed trees, power lines and widespread power outages — the weather agency warned that the wind storm could be "one of the most widespread and strongest wind episode in the recent years.
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By Charles Cooper | August 25, 2006
Equipment failure combined with high energy use led to a number of power outages in La Crescenta during the July "heat storm," according to a Southern California Edison official. Christine McLeod, regional public affairs manager for the utility, said a pole-mounted transformer display near Orange and La Crescenta failed during the heat wave. A replacement unit also failed, she said, leading to a delay before power could be restored to the affected area. The weather anomaly during July caused power outages all around the area, with the highest temperatures experienced on July 26. McLeod had been invited to speak before the Town Council about SCE rate increases, which have drawn complaints from customers.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | April 30, 2014
A rodent chewing wires reportedly caused a power outage Wednesday morning for at least 7,000 Glendale Water & Power customers in downtown Glendale. The rodent was discovered about 7:15 a.m. inside an electrical panel at the utility's Tropico Substation on South Glendale Avenue, said Glendale city spokesman Sgt. Tom Lorenz. It appears to have caused the electrical short, he said.  Crews were able to restore power to customers within half an hour. -- Follow Veronica Rocha on Google+ and on Twitter: @VeronicaRochaLA . ALSO: Alleged shoplifting pair sought by police Charter customers could see changes Man steals bottle of cognac valued at almost $3,000
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March 28, 2014
A power outage in west Glendale left 744 customers without electricity on Thursday afternoon. The outage, which occurred at 2:04 pm., was the result of a downed line from a gold Mylar balloon, Glendale Water and Power officials reported. Power was restored to fully restored by 3 p.m. Balloons were the top known cause of outages in Glendale between 2008 and 2012, causing 47 out of 292 outages in that time, according to a city report released in January. -- Sameea Kamal, sameea.kamal@latimes.com Follow on Twitter: @SameeaKamal . ALSO: Suspects accused of child abuse, and passing off candy as heroin Man allegedly waves pistol at driver Three restaurants added to Glendale downtown
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February 28, 2014
A power outage was reported in the La Crescenta area at 9:25 a.m., affecting 1,396 customers, according to Southern California Edison officials. Officials have not determined a cause, Robert Villegas, a spokesman for the utility, said.  The boundaries of the impacted area are Whittier Drive to the north, Verdugo Boulevard to the south, Loma Vista Drive to the east and Rosemont Avenue to the west. “We expect restoration in the early afternoon,” Villegas said. Rosemont Middle School Asst.
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February 25, 2014
Glendale Community College sustained a power outage Tuesday afternoon that led officials to cancel night classes for the evening. The cause of the outage, which occurred around mid-afternoon, was a faulty insulator on the switch gear of the library building, according to Dan Padilla, manager of operations and maintenance for Glendale Community College. At 5 p.m., officials took precaution to cancel the night classes to keep students from entering the campus upon nightfall with several buildings without electricity, said Wendy Grove, a public information officer for the college.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | January 18, 2014
Balloons, equipment failure and squirrels were among the top causes of electricity outages in Glendale between 2008 and 2012, according to a city report released this week. Balloons caused the most outages, 47 out of 292, not counting ones prompted by unknown causes, but Ramon Abueg, chief assistant general manager of electric and water at Glendale Water & Power, said some of those were likely caused by balloons that may have disintegrated after touching power lines. “People need to be more aware when they release Mylar balloons, they cause a lot of problems,” Abueg said.
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December 17, 2013
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | November 24, 2013
Glendale is set to spend $3.1 million to reduce how long electricity outages last, following a unanimous City Council vote approving a contract with a utility integration company Tuesday night. The expenditure is set to cover one of the final projects related to Glendale Water & Power's roughly $70-million modernization project, which included replacing analog meters with digital ones and a first-of-its-kind $20-million grant from federal stimulus funding earmarked for smart grid improvements in 2009.
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September 27, 2013
Wind gusts toppled trees and power lines Thursday morning, causing outages throughout southwest Glendale. More than 1,500 customers lost power at 8:58 a.m. after trees and palm fronds collapsed on utility lines, likely because of wind gusts, according to Glendale Water & Power officials. Gusts reached 30 mph near Bob Hope Airport on Thursday morning, according to the National Weather Service. About an hour later, workers trimmed trees and restored power to customers near the 6700 block of San Fernando Road and surrounding areas, as well as the 1600 block of Randall Street and 400 blocks of Canyon Drive and Woodbury Road.
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September 18, 2013
An equipment malfunction at the Grayson Power Plant caused a brief power outages in North Glendale on Wednesday, Glendale Water and Power officials said. The outage started at about 8:20 a.m. and lasted for about an hour, Acting Power Plant Superintendent John Escudero said. As many as 14,000 customers in the northern portion of the city were impacted, according to GWP spokeswoman Atineh Haroutunian. The outage occurred after a power disconnect switch snapped off and made contact with other metal parts, grounding out some power delivery equipment, Escudero said.
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February 28, 2013
A squirrel caused 1,500 homes to briefly lose power Thursday morning in West Glendale, officials said. Glendale Water & Power crews discovered the singed squirrel and short circuit just before 8:30 a.m. at San Fernando Road and Allen Avenue, city spokesman Tom Lorenz said. Power was restored within about 20 minutes. -- Veronica Rocha, Times Community News Follow Veronica Rocha on Google+ and on Twitter: @VeronicaRochaLA
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