The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 15 in the Palisades Charter High School gym to discuss the remaining locations to install a second substation in the community.
The meeting lasts from 7 to 9 p.m.
According to LADWP spokeswoman Victoria Cross, the meeting will be a listening session for officials to receive public comment and feedback on 15 potential sites that will be considered for the Distribution Station 104 Task Force's final recommendation to LADWP. Members of the task force, a representative from City Councilmember Bill Rosendahl's office, LADWP officials and a Los Angeles Unified School District representative will be present.
Fifteen sites were reviewed by the Task Force and ranked into three tiers: (1) the best sites; (2) sites to be considered if tier one sites become non-viable; and (3) sites not compatible with the community. Cross said all 15 of the tiered site selections will be presented at the public meeting and discussed in open forum.
On Wednesday, Cross said she can't reveal what, if any, preferred sites were selected at the task force's closed door meeting on Nov. 28 until after the holidays.
"There's a lot of speculation," she said.
Continued growth in the Pacific Palisades and increasing electric loads from customers have caused the area's power demand to outgrow the current distributing station’s designed capacity, according to LADWP, and the need for a new power station in the Pacific Palisades is critical to ensuring continued power reliability. The agency has been performing stop-gap measures to temporarily meet demand, but a project of this nature cannot be delayed, as design and construction of a distributing station can take up to six years.
When the proposal originally came before Pacific Palisades to build the second substation on LADWP-owned property next to Marquez Elementary School, heated debate elevated the community concerns at a hearing last April. Then, public debate over the proposal and formation of the task force took over a Pacific Palisades Community Council meeting in September.
Cross admitted the task force meeting minutes have been delayed on getting posted to its site and should get online fairly soon. The minutes, with the most recent being an Oct. 30 task force meeting, is located here: https://www.ladwp.com/ladwp/faces/ladwp/aboutus/a-power/a-p-projects/a-p-p-distributingstation?_afrLoop=312177798531000&_afrWindowMode=0&_afrWindowId=pg7i4gemb_1#%40%3F_afrWindowId%3Dpg7i4gemb_1%26_afrLoop%3D312177798531000%26_afrWindowMode%3D0%26_adf.ctrl-state%3Dzzhjy0gvf_4.