California State Senator Ted Lieu (D-Los Angeles) is demanding that Southern California Edison fix the problems that left more than 100,000 South Bay residents without power this past weekend. Residents and city leaders in the South Bay say the power outages have been widespread and ongoing.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Lieu wrote a detailed letter to Edison asking the utility to detail what infrastructure improvements have been made and stating that the blackouts have hurt businesses, as well as caused disruption in people’s homes. The complaints with Edison dates back to 2008, and Lieu has said Edison fails to recognize the scope of the problem.
What can Edison do to prevent power outages? What kind of improvements does Edison need to make to its infrastructures? Is legislation needed? Should utility companies be fined or penalized for rolling blackouts?
Ted Lieu, California State Senator, representing Senate District 28, which includes the cities of Carson, El Segundo, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach and Torrance, as well as portions of Los Angeles and Long Beach
Steve Conroy, Director of Corporate Communications at Southern California Edison