The La Cañada Flintridge City Council 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 power outages this summer.
“We understand the significant impacts these outages have on our community and the city is exploring every action available to find and implement a solution,” Mayor Terry Walker said.
According to city officials, recurring power outages over the last two months have caused health, safety and welfare risks for residents and business owners.
“We know the recent outages in La Cañada Flintridge have created a hardship for the community, and are in regular communication with city officials, the CPUC and other elected officials to keep them updated on our ongoing efforts to identify and address the issue,” Reggie Kumar, media relations advisor for Southern California Edison, said.
“We are taking this issue very seriously; crews continue to investigate the issue and work to improve the performance of the system in that area. At Southern California Edison, the safety of our communities, customers and employees is our top priority.”
While La Cañada Flintridge officials described the frequency of outages in the last couple of months as unusually high, they also noted that for several years the area has experienced power outages at higher rates than surrounding communities, according to officials.
The complaint requests the commission complete an investigation into the causes of the recurring power outages and determine if Southern California Edison’s response was appropriate.
The vote Monday came after the City Council heard from residents about their frustrations during recent meetings. Council members also heard a presentation from Southern California Edison on circuit reliability, and they decided to take action in the form of a complaint with the commission in an effort to pursue all possible ways to mitigate the issue.
The California Public Utilities Commission did not immediately respond to requests for statements.