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on Dec 3, 2012
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These sorts of outages happen enough that it seems someone should ask: "Did the contractor have maps of the location/depth of the electrical lines in this area, or was he just 'flying blind'?"
The area described above is not midtown - it is Old Palo Alto. The contractor (it was actually a city crew replacing sidewalks and curbs) struck the powerline on Seale Avenue, not Coleridge.
The Weekly can not be that short of people that they fail to identify two so very simple elements of the story. Midtown is South of Oregon Expressway.
1-publishes hours after the event-in fact after the power was back on
2-Gets the location wrong
3-Gets the perpetrator wrong
What a joke-hire some competent editors now-or fold
I'm not defending PA Online but it was a contractor, not a City crew, who was digging and struck the line.
Just noticed, it was on Coleridge also, not Seale.
The city keeps reminding us to "call before you dig" - so do they get to fine whoever neglected to do that?? I'm sure it cost the utility dept something to have the crews go fix it. When it's an act of God, like the storm back east, we all have to help, but when it's an avoidable error, I wonder. "Measure twice, cut once" - old carpenters' axiom.
Apparently putting utilities underground does not solve all of the reliability problems.