Res­i­dents go an­other day with­out power

Pub­lic Health De­part­ment to check on Canyon View Es­tates as out­age hits fourth day, heavy rain looms

The Signal - - Front Page - By Jim Holt Sig­nal Se­nior Staff Writer

Pub­lic Health De­part­ment of­fi­cials are ex­pected to check on the well-be­ing of more than 200 res­i­dents of Canyon View Es­tates this week­end as the power out­age en­ters its fourth day and as ex­pected heavy rains move into the area.

Since Wed­nes­day, res­i­dents of the mo­bile home park in Canyon Coun­try have been with­out elec­tric­ity.

“We are go­ing to en­sure the health and well-be­ing of these peo­ple are in­tact,” Erick Matos, of the Los Angeles County De­part­ment of Pub­lic Health, said Fri­day.

The wel­fare checks would tell pub­lic health of­fi­cials what res­i­dents need — aside from ob­vi­ously need­ing elec­tric­ity.

“First things first,” he said. “We’re go­ing to see what they need.”

Staffers at Su­per­vi­sor Kathryn Barger’s of­fice elicited the help of the Pub­lic Health De­part­ment after learn­ing of the pro­tracted power out­age.

“We are de­ploy­ing a team of pub­lic health of­fi­cials to as­sure the health and well­ness of the res­i­dents,” Barger spokesman Chris Perry said Fri­day.

County of­fi­cials in talks with city of

Santa Clarita coun­ter­parts ini­tially tried to elicit help from the Red Cross.

“We have all these peo­ple fac­ing hor­ri­ble in­com­ing weather and, ul­ti­mately, health risk sce­nar­ios,” City Coun­cil­woman Lau­rene Weste said Fri­day.

“I feel badly for them,” she said, not­ing she tried Fri­day to get help for res­i­dents from the Red Cross.

Red Cross of­fi­cials said they are keep­ing close tabs on the Canyon View Es­tates out­age, but the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s re­sources in the area are stretched.

On Fri­day, al­most all of the lo­cal Red Cross re­sources were be­ing as­sem­bled to help vic­tims of the Woolsey Fire, who face the prospect of mud­slides with the in­com­ing rain.

“We’re pretty stretched but we are not nec­es­sar­ily maxed out,” said one Red Cross of­fi­cial Fri­day.

Barb Mariscal, who rep­re­sents the Red Cross in the Santa Clarita Val­ley, said she was in touch with Donna Nuzzi, Santa Clarita emer­gency ser­vices su­per­vi­sor.

“We are go­ing to have South­ern Cal­i­for­nia Edi­son pro­vide the city with up­dates,” Mariscal said, not­ing her of­fice has not yet re­ceived a for­mal re­quest for help. “If any fur­ther ac­tion is needed, she (Nuzzi) will call us.”

Edi­son, mean­while, has only one cus­tomer in the Canyon View Es­tates area

— the prop­erty man­age­ment com­pany that owns and op­er­ates Canyon View Es­tates and its hill­side so­lar panel field, which nor­mally sup­plies power.

“We had our trou­ble­man in­spect the lo­ca­tion and SCE equip­ment checked OK,” Edi­son spokesman Robert Laf­foon-Vil­le­gas said Fri­day.

“The trou­ble­man in­di­cated that the prob­lem is in the pri­mary me­ter­ing cabi­net on the cus­tomer side of the me­ter — need­ing an elec­tri­cian to ad­dress the issue. Cus­tomer would be re­spon­si­ble for that.”

The Edi­son “cus­tomer” is Manag­ing Part­ner Kerry Sei­denglanz.

Chris Ham­mer­stad, spokes­woman for Canyon View Es­tates, said Fri­day af­ter­noon that Sei­denglanz was preparing an of­fi­cial state­ment on the ef­forts taken to re­store power.

As of 6 p.m., no state­ment was re­ceived by The Sig­nal.

The only of­fi­cial up­date on re­pairs came from Edi­son.

“The trou­ble­man that was sent out yesterday re­placed the fuses on our equip­ment so ev­ery­thing would be ready to go once the cus­tomer com­pleted their re­pairs,” Laf­foon-Bil­le­gas said.

“In terms of the lat­est in­for­ma­tion on the out­age — since it’s on the cus­tomer’s equip­ment, we do not have vis­i­bil­ity to the work their elec­tri­cian con­ducted. You would have to reach out to the com­mu­nity’s man­age­ment to de­ter­mine their sta­tus and what re­pairs were com­pleted.”

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