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December 15, 2011
After the recent windstorm, we were without power for six days here in La Crescenta. A large tree from my neighbor behind us was torn to bits and took out the power lines and then landed in my yard. Amazingly, there was no damage. We endured nights in the 30s, and I eventually bought a noisy generator. Southern California Edison eventually restored the power - we didn't get any visits with free flashlights - but the trees remained on the phone lines. I'm writing to commend all the neighbors around us who offered assistance.
NEWS
February 2, 2012
State regulators on Wednesday slammed Southern California Edison for outages that left nearly a quarter of a million customers without power - - some for more than a week - during a windstorm late last year. In a preliminary report, the California Public Utilities Commission concluded that some equipment, including 21 wooden poles and 17 cables used to stabilize them, did not meet safety standards. Regulators also criticized Edison for what they said was a slow response to restore power to residents and businesses.
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By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | December 24, 2011
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) will host a forum from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 12 to look at the response to the windstorm that did tens of millions of dollars worth of damage to Pasadena and surrounding cities on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. The event will be held in Courtroom 3 at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, 125 S. Grand Ave., Pasadena. Several issues will be examined, Schiff said, such as the nature of the damage, response times, whether the utilities responded to the most damaged neighborhoods first and whether they have the capacity to handle a larger disaster.
NEWS
April 5, 2012
A study of Southern California Edison 's response to the fierce windstorm that ripped through the region last fall found 70 ways the utility could improve its response to the next disaster. The study, commissioned by Edison and released Wednesday, determined the utility responded appropriately in some ways to the windstorm, which knocked out power to more than 220,000 Edison customers, toppled thousands of trees and 250 power poles and caused tens of millions of dollars' worth of damage to businesses, cars, homes and government property.
NEWS
January 12, 2012
The slow response to the windstorm that left thousands of residents in the dark last month will be the subject of intense scrutiny during a hearing today that will include testimony local and state representatives.  Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) and a panel of local officials plan to hear from Southern California Edison, public utilities in Pasadena and Glendale and federal and state emergency response officials from 9 to 11:30 a.m. today in the federal appellate courthouse in Pasadena.
NEWS
December 12, 2011
As rains beat down on the Southland on Monday, officials warned residents to reduce the risk of flooding by clearing debris from storm drains that collected during the recent windstorm. The National Weather Service warned that the winter storm sweeping Los Angeles County on Monday could create drainage problems in parts of the San Gabriel Valley, where many trees toppled or lost limbs in the hurricane-force winds. The city of Pasadena issued a warning to residents about the debris, asking them to clear a path for water to reach storm drains.
NEWS
January 23, 2012
Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) and his colleague, Judy Chu, urged Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday to seek a federal disaster declaration for the area raked by the powerful windstorm that hit late last year. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has already rejected applications for assistance, saying the total damage caused by the overnight windstorm on Nov. 30 - estimated at $34 million - failed to meet the $50.3-million threshold. The lawmakers are now urging Brown to seek a disaster declaration using a provision that takes “localized impacts” into consideration, thereby lowering the criteria.
NEWS
December 15, 2011
The Pasadena and Glendale region should be spared the heavy destruction caused by a massive windstorm Nov. 30, according to the National Weather Service. A high wind warning from 3 a.m. Friday to 3 p.m. Saturday mostly affects the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys, with 60 mph gusts possible amid sustained winds of 40 mph. Ryan Kittell, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service, said the more "classic" Santa Ana wind pattern would be "nothing like last time" -- referring to the windstorm that swept through the San Gabriel Valley overnight Nov. 31, causing tens of millions of dollars in damage, felling hundreds of trees and spurring widespread power outages.
THE818NOW
December 15, 2011
There's a part of us that secretly likes disasters. Well, maybe not so secretly. That's why Joan Didion 's famous riff on the Santa Ana winds - "the weather of catastrophe, of apocalypse" - is hauled out several times a year to explain what L.A. is all about. It's our rep and we stand by it. We chafe when our calamities are overshadowed by hurricanes in Miami or tornadoes in Joplin. So there was a thrill of recognition when the Nov. 30 windstorm added a new motif to our disaster portfolio: not just earthquakes, fires and mudslides - the possibility of a tree apocalypse.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | January 14, 2012
The hurricane-force winds that swept through the region overnight Nov. 30 left dozens of banners honoring military veterans along Foothill Boulevard tattered, prompting organizers to end the banner program. Most of the 48 banners were taken down, while others blew away during the windstorm and won't be replaced because doing so would be too costly, said Crescenta Valley Town Councilmember Danette Erickson. Seven banners that weren't destroyed in the winds will remain hanging along Foothill until they “become unsightly,” she added.
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April 5, 2012
A study of Southern California Edison 's response to the fierce windstorm that ripped through the region last fall found 70 ways the utility could improve its response to the next disaster. The study, commissioned by Edison and released Wednesday, determined the utility responded appropriately in some ways to the windstorm, which knocked out power to more than 220,000 Edison customers, toppled thousands of trees and 250 power poles and caused tens of millions of dollars' worth of damage to businesses, cars, homes and government property.
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February 2, 2012
State regulators on Wednesday slammed Southern California Edison for outages that left nearly a quarter of a million customers without power - - some for more than a week - during a windstorm late last year. In a preliminary report, the California Public Utilities Commission concluded that some equipment, including 21 wooden poles and 17 cables used to stabilize them, did not meet safety standards. Regulators also criticized Edison for what they said was a slow response to restore power to residents and businesses.
NEWS
January 23, 2012
Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) and his colleague, Judy Chu, urged Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday to seek a federal disaster declaration for the area raked by the powerful windstorm that hit late last year. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has already rejected applications for assistance, saying the total damage caused by the overnight windstorm on Nov. 30 - estimated at $34 million - failed to meet the $50.3-million threshold. The lawmakers are now urging Brown to seek a disaster declaration using a provision that takes “localized impacts” into consideration, thereby lowering the criteria.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | January 14, 2012
The hurricane-force winds that swept through the region overnight Nov. 30 left dozens of banners honoring military veterans along Foothill Boulevard tattered, prompting organizers to end the banner program. Most of the 48 banners were taken down, while others blew away during the windstorm and won't be replaced because doing so would be too costly, said Crescenta Valley Town Councilmember Danette Erickson. Seven banners that weren't destroyed in the winds will remain hanging along Foothill until they “become unsightly,” she added.
NEWS
January 12, 2012
The slow response to the windstorm that left thousands of residents in the dark last month will be the subject of intense scrutiny during a hearing today that will include testimony local and state representatives.  Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) and a panel of local officials plan to hear from Southern California Edison, public utilities in Pasadena and Glendale and federal and state emergency response officials from 9 to 11:30 a.m. today in the federal appellate courthouse in Pasadena.
NEWS
By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | December 24, 2011
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) will host a forum from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 12 to look at the response to the windstorm that did tens of millions of dollars worth of damage to Pasadena and surrounding cities on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. The event will be held in Courtroom 3 at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, 125 S. Grand Ave., Pasadena. Several issues will be examined, Schiff said, such as the nature of the damage, response times, whether the utilities responded to the most damaged neighborhoods first and whether they have the capacity to handle a larger disaster.
THE818NOW
December 15, 2011
There's a part of us that secretly likes disasters. Well, maybe not so secretly. That's why Joan Didion 's famous riff on the Santa Ana winds - "the weather of catastrophe, of apocalypse" - is hauled out several times a year to explain what L.A. is all about. It's our rep and we stand by it. We chafe when our calamities are overshadowed by hurricanes in Miami or tornadoes in Joplin. So there was a thrill of recognition when the Nov. 30 windstorm added a new motif to our disaster portfolio: not just earthquakes, fires and mudslides - the possibility of a tree apocalypse.
NEWS
December 15, 2011
After the recent windstorm, we were without power for six days here in La Crescenta. A large tree from my neighbor behind us was torn to bits and took out the power lines and then landed in my yard. Amazingly, there was no damage. We endured nights in the 30s, and I eventually bought a noisy generator. Southern California Edison eventually restored the power - we didn't get any visits with free flashlights - but the trees remained on the phone lines. I'm writing to commend all the neighbors around us who offered assistance.
NEWS
December 15, 2011
The Pasadena and Glendale region should be spared the heavy destruction caused by a massive windstorm Nov. 30, according to the National Weather Service. A high wind warning from 3 a.m. Friday to 3 p.m. Saturday mostly affects the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys, with 60 mph gusts possible amid sustained winds of 40 mph. Ryan Kittell, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service, said the more "classic" Santa Ana wind pattern would be "nothing like last time" -- referring to the windstorm that swept through the San Gabriel Valley overnight Nov. 31, causing tens of millions of dollars in damage, felling hundreds of trees and spurring widespread power outages.
NEWS
December 12, 2011
As rains beat down on the Southland on Monday, officials warned residents to reduce the risk of flooding by clearing debris from storm drains that collected during the recent windstorm. The National Weather Service warned that the winter storm sweeping Los Angeles County on Monday could create drainage problems in parts of the San Gabriel Valley, where many trees toppled or lost limbs in the hurricane-force winds. The city of Pasadena issued a warning to residents about the debris, asking them to clear a path for water to reach storm drains.
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