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Power Outage, Our 3rd World Future

Original post made by Sharon, Midtown, on Sep 6, 2008

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Posted by RC
a resident of another community
on Sep 6, 2008 at 9:40 pm

I heard a circuit breaker popped and reset down near West Bayshore and Colordo (2 huge substations). This is where PA gets their power from the state grid.

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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 6, 2008 at 10:09 pm


Thanks, we have just moved back here from DC, are these power outages common? are they symptomatic of a greater problem with power management in Palo Alto?

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Sep 7, 2008 at 8:08 am

Just wait until the winter storms come barrelling in. We're one of the neighborhoods that still had above ground electrical power lines and tree limbs are always falling onto the power lines. You kinda get used to it!!

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Posted by Already 3rd world
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 7, 2008 at 11:30 am

I have news for you. In many ways, we already are a 3rd world country.

Whenever I come back from spending time in Europe and I drive down 101 from SFO to Palo Alto, the road shocks me. Uneven pavement, full of potholes and other defects, unmaintained and filfthy.

Contrast that with state of the art pavement, smooth freeways in Europe.

You get what you pay for...

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Posted by Lois
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 8, 2008 at 6:30 am

Already 3rd world: You are right. Northern Europe is much cleaner and better put together than the good old U.S.A, but the cost of living and taxes are much higher to pay for it all.

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Posted by Kate
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 8, 2008 at 7:33 am

No, Sharon, these power outages are not common and have nothing to do with presidential politics! Our power was off for just about one minute - Main Library area. And as for our filthy freeways, this area is an area of inconsiderate people who don't care about their state. Contrast this with Washington, Oregon, Texas,, and Kentucky. The Northeast is cleaner than California. Caltrans can't keep up with this mess - it's coming from uncovered trucks going to dumps and landfills - and gardeners who lose their equipment..

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Posted by Nye
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 8, 2008 at 11:43 am

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Water off at Town and Country
We were about to eat at T & C Sat., Sep 6, and were told the water was off - approximately 7 pm - anyone know what that was about?

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Posted by Already 3rd world
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 8, 2008 at 12:44 pm


It's not just the filthiness of our freeways that is striking when you come back from Europe, it's their terrible shape. Potholes, other defects, rough patches, bad repairs and their general bad shape and state of disrepair.

And that's just one example.

Antoher example: In European countries you won't see a mess of overhead cables, because they've mostly been undergrounded.

And I could go on and on.

We are more like a 3rd world country than a top notch industrialized, modern nation.

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Posted by Jesse
a resident of Ventura
on Sep 8, 2008 at 1:22 pm

Keep cutting the taxes until they fix this stuff.

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Posted by Lois
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 8, 2008 at 5:10 pm

Already 3rd World: Have you noticed that trains in Europe are all electrified. I put a European visitor on Caltrains to SF, he couldn't believe we still had diesel engines on our trains, and same grade road crossings!!!! Very 3rd world.

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Posted by Knows whom to call
a resident of Ventura
on Sep 8, 2008 at 6:02 pm

Some PALO ALTO Phone Numbers to keep handy:

Electric problem/outage: 496-6914
Gas Leak,Water Leak, Sewer problem: 329-2579
Street Light outage: 496-6916
Storm Drain: 496-6974 (M-F, 7-5)

After hours dispatch (non-emergency): 329-2413
911 Emergency: 911 or 329-4433

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