LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE (CBSLA) – The La Canada Flintridge City Council on Monday approved the filing of a formal complaint against Southern California Edison with the California Public Utilities Commission over what the city says is an unusually high number of unplanned blackouts this summer.
“We understand the significant impact these outages have on our community and the city is exploring every available action to find and implement a solution,” said Mayor Terry Walker.
According to city officials, recurring power outages in the past two months have created health, safety and welfare risks for residents and business owners.
While officials described the frequency of power outages over the past few months as unusually high, they also noted that the area has been experiencing power outages at higher rates than surrounding communities for several years, officials say.
The complaint asks the commission to investigate the causes of the recurring power outages and determine whether Edison’s response in Southern California was appropriate.
The vote on Monday comes after the city council heard about their frustrations at recent meetings from residents. Council members also heard a presentation from Edison of Southern California about circuit reliability, and they decided to take action in the form of a complaint to the committee in an effort to find every possible way to correct the problem.
Southern California Edison and the California Public Utilities Commission did not immediately respond to requests for explanations.