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Task Force Formed to Find Pacific Palisades Power Station Site

Following strong opposition against the Marquez Elementary School site, the group's focus is to review the need and potential locations for an additional Los Angeles Department of Water and Power distributing station location.

Officials announced the formation of an 11-member community-led task force in Pacific Palisades on Wednesday. They are charged to find the appropriate location for a proposed Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) distribution station.

The effort comes due to reports that current station, distributing station 29, will meet capacity within the next six years according to LADWP. earlier this year when the community opposed the first proposed site for distributiing station 104 to be built on LADWP-owned land next to .

"The formation of this task force is critical to the success of this project," said Ron Nichols, LADWP general manager, in a press release. "We look forward to working collaboratively to find a solution that meets our city’s energy needs and the needs of the community."

The DS 104 Task Force members, nominated by the Councilmember Bill Rosendahl and Los Angeles Unified School District Board Member Steve Zimmer, will tentatively hold their first working meeting on Sept. 19 at a location to be determined. It's comprised of:

  • Peter Duke, media and technology consultant
  • Christy Dennis, former communications professional and current president of the Marquez Knolls Property Owners Association
  • Joyce Wong Kup, land use and environmental law attorney, founding member of the Coalition of Palisadians to Keep Marquez Charter Safe
  • Danielle Samulon, attorney and legal affairs professional
  • Christine Abraham, attorney and environmental policy & planning consultant
  • Jim Rea, realtor and member of the Pacific Palisades Community Council and Marquez Knolls Property Owners Association Board
  • Marc Zussman, attorney and member of the Coalition of Palisadians to Keep Marquez Charter Safe
  • Haldis Toppel, information technology professional and member of the Palisades Park Advisory Board
  • Jeff Beal, artist, publisher, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees at the and Chairman of the Board for Project X Foundation for Art and Criticism
  • Hank Wright, information technology professional
  • Kelly Comras, landscape architect

According to LADWP, the group will be responsible for reviewing the need for a new distributing station, exploring ways to reduce customer energy use - including the limits such efforts have on reducing overall energy demand - identifying potential alternate locations for siting the distribution station and serving as a clearinghouse for information sharing and to build understanding.

The additional station for Pacific Palisades, once a site is approved, will still need sufficient time to complete siting, environmental review, design, construction and commissioning.

"My constituents have been extremely engaged on this issue," Councilmember Rosendahl sand in a press release. "As we continue to urge DWP to honor our calls to take the Marquez site off the table for proposed Distribution Station 104, I want to commend department managers for working with my constituents to form a group that will address the concerns of many Palisades families."

Graham Davis September 06, 2012 at 06:29 PM
The distribution station in the village has been in place since the 1930s. It has become less of a tiny hazard over time due to upgrades in equipment and materials. It is much MUCH less of an electromagnetic radiation hazard (that is NON-ionizing radiation) then an electric blanket, a cell phone in a user's hand, or a microwave oven. The existing station has had a large condo building situated across the alley for 40 years without a known EM exposure incident. That is because it is incapable of creating one without a fault occurring that would cause an instant automatic shut-down and quick attention by the DWP. Even then the equipment inside is too far away. The existing station, quaint as it is, is being overrun by the development and re-development in the neighborhood. We need more capacity to improve the reliability of the service. The Grecian bowls out in front of the old station can't do it alone! There is rusting DWP sign adorning the lot next door to the school. It shows intent to eventually build another station next to what became an elementary school. The people in the neighborhood have had 60 years to address this non-issue. The fact that the DWP has done a good job of designing and building very safe and aesthetically reasonable new stations around the west side means nothing to the selfish 1% though, even with decades of advanced warning...too bad for everyone else, your power will go out a lot more often now, like in some third world country.
Katheryn September 30, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Where is the California Attorney General, and why is she letting this happen? Tell does this sound familiar, I have provided a link to a story on the Temecula Patch. Please read the story and watch the video in the story. Add this to all your facebook accounts, get the word out. http://temecula.patch.com/articles/citizen-reader-shares-mining-sounds

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