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Car crash leads to power outage

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Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 12, 2022 at 6:12 pm

Bystander is a registered user.

Thank you for the information. I hope that nobody was hurt, but a single car collision with a pole early on a Sunday morning causes speculation and questions, but pleased that it seems nobody was seriously hurt.

The work appeared to be going on for many hours according to witnesses driving by.

We have had 4 outages in 7 days. One was a mistake. The other three needed emergency repair. I can't help wondering how much these cost to repair, particularly with the need for emergency linemen to be on call 24/7. Do these emergency repairs ever get cost analysis per outage? Does a squirrel invading an underground line cost more than a transformer repair? And the cost of replacing a pole must be even more expensive!

Can anyone look into the cost of these outages to the City? The cost of the outages to individual homes are another issue which probably can't be figured en masse.

Posted by rsmithjr
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 12, 2022 at 11:21 pm

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Our utilities department is spending a lot of time and money working on another broadband fiber system. This is unnecessary activity since two large companies are already supplying such services. It also represents a substantial financial risk. Perhaps the city is losing focus on many responsibilities such as running our electrical grid as well as numerous other obligations.

Posted by Citizen
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 13, 2022 at 8:28 am

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You’re missing an outage. Greenacres had two outages this week.

Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Sep 13, 2022 at 10:42 am

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Re the hugely expensive duplicative Fiber project, I asked City Council how they expect to run an efficient, cost-effective service when CPAU can't even send out timely outage reports for regular service. I was told, "Oh, we'll outsource it."

How does spending our money to pay someone else to run this NEW service make any sense when the current electrical grid is so unreliable and which will get even worse when / if we're forced to convert to all-electric.

Notice today's stock market crash? One reasons is inflation much of which is attributed to the all-time high cost of electricity -- now at an all-time 41-yr-old high -- and which is expected to keep soaring because demand is dramatically outpacing supply.,

But please -- don't let reality interfere with virtue signalling and campaign promises.

Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Sep 13, 2022 at 11:45 am

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I hope those who complain that our utility department is being distracted by the fibre project can show some actual evidence for their complaint. Personally I am fed up with unfounded claims.

Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Sep 13, 2022 at 11:59 am

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@Anonymous, they PLAN to spend hundreds of millions of dollars and they NOW can't provide outage updates. They've sent out emails about fiber that ignore that neighborhoods are already undergrounded, TOOK months to respond to an email noting that and THEN asked what neighborhood I live in that's undergrounded, I responded and referred them to other neighborhoods that were wondering what to do since tedthey TOO were undergrounded.

They RECENTLY sent out a "survey" asking for donations and what we WOULD pay for fiber with NO way to say we didn't want it because we were content with our current service.

Is that "founded" enough for you?

I ask YOU where's the city's demonbstrable expertise in running a reliable, cost-effective service. Thanks in advance.

Posted by Donald
a resident of South of Midtown
on Sep 13, 2022 at 7:12 pm

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Power to most people affected was restored within about 2 hours on a Sunday morning. That required experienced line crews to deal with the hardware and distribution system. I thought that was a pretty good response time. The web site was not updated until that afternoon, but that was the responsibility of IT professionals and PR people. I care more about restoring the power than updating the web site. I don't want to see the department spend more money on updating the web site or outage information if that takes away from funding the crews that do the real work.

Posted by Anneke
a resident of Professorville
on Sep 14, 2022 at 11:31 am

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Are we truly ready to go 100% electric? I don't think so!

Posted by Resident11
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Sep 14, 2022 at 2:59 pm

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Are we ready to start going electric? Without a doubt!

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