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By Denny Freidenrich | March 18, 2013
There is a simple and direct way to resolve the debate about San Onofre. The issue needs to be put to a vote in Orange and San Diego counties on the same day. The county counsels in the two regions need to draft identical ballot measures that simply ask for a thumbs up or thumbs down vote on reopening the nuclear power plant. This way, the 6 million people living closest to San Onofre, which is operated by Southern California Edison, will have their say in the matter. I'm guessing that those evacuated from Fukushima two years ago in Japan might like to have that option as a do-over.
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From the Los Angeles Times | May 23, 2012
Environmental and anti-nuclear activists gathered at Southern California Edison headquarters in Irvine on Wednesday calling for the San Onofre nuclear plant to be decommissioned and for the utility to implement more extensive conservation programs. The plant has been shut down for nearly four months due to safety concerns over excessive wear on tubes in the plant's newly installed steam generators. Edison has yet to publicly say what missteps led to the wear -- which officials said was occurring because the flow of steam caused some tubes to vibrate excessively and rub against each other and support structures.
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From the Los Angeles Times | March 22, 2013
An executive with the company that manufactured faulty equipment that led to the shutdown of the San Onofre nuclear plant defended decisions made in the design of the replacement steam generators. The company made choices in designing support structures at San Onofre that were intended to prevent one type of vibration, but ended up creating another type of vibration that ultimately led to the plant's closure, said Frank Gillespie, senior vice president with Mitsubishi Nuclear Energy Systems.
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By Denny Freidenrich | December 1, 2012
Talk about a game-changer. Do you know the Barack Obama campaign tracked the buying, subscription and leisure habits of 29,000 voters as far back as 2008? Most presidential campaigns track about 1,500 voters for six to 12 months. It turns out this is exactly what Mitt Romney's brain trust did. Is it any wonder then why Obama was reelected? I mention this in light of a mid-September poll commissioned by Friends of the Earth. The results indicated strong support among Southern California Edison customers for closing the San Onofre nuclear power plant.
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By Jill Cowan | February 21, 2013
Money and power were on the agenda Thursday afternoon, as dozens of area residents weighed in at a California Public Utilities Commission hearing in Costa Mesa on whether to reopen two troubled units at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, and to what extent ratepayers should foot the bills racked up by the outages. The plant has been shuttered for more than a year because of unusual degradation of steam generator tubes carrying radioactive water. The commission launched an investigation in October into the costs of the outage at San Onofre, which could eventually result in some rates being refunded to customers of Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric.
NEWS
From KTLA.com | March 14, 2011
SAN ONOFRE — Operators at the concrete-domed San Onofre nuclear plant were trying to reassure worried Southern California residents Monday that the nuclear catastrophe unfolding in Japan won't happen here. San Onofre is located near the San Diego-Orange County line and those who live in the area have long worried about a catastrophe. Gil Alexander, a spokesman from Southern California Edison, said the generating station is an 84-acre nuclear plant that is built to withstand a magnitude 7.0 earthquake.
LOCAL
By Erik Holmes | March 4, 2010
A group of Orange County residents gathered this week at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, waiting to walk through radiation detectors to see if they had been contaminated by fallout from the San Onofre nuclear power plant. Firefighters and sheriff’s deputies stood by to direct people toward designated processing areas — one for those who had been exposed to radiation and needed to be decontaminated, and another for the fortunate ones who escaped the fallout.
LOCAL
October 11, 2007
Standardizing lifeguard ranks and training methods dominated the discussion when Newport Beach lifeguards hosted the annual California Surf Life Saving Assn.’s board of directors meeting Thursday. About 75 representatives from 28 lifeguard agencies from Santa Cruz to San Diego gathered in the Balboa Pavilion. Three Huntington Beach Junior Lifeguards were honored at the meeting for their work saving a friend who suffered a major neck injury in the surf of San Onofre. Kylie Cuccinotti, Paige Bisson, and Carley Zylsta were honored for assisting a Junior Lifeguard who seriously injured her neck.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | November 30, 2012
Newport Beach and Costa Mesa Southern California Edison customers likely will see about $7 added to their monthly bills starting early next year, thanks to a California Public Utilities Commission decision to allow the energy provider to raise its rates by about 5%. Rates are estimated to rise an additional 6.3%, then 5.9% for each of the following two years, the Los Angeles Times reported . The increased revenue, a PUC news release says,...
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June 28, 2013
Exactly one year ago, our dog's life was brutally taken by a coyote. Our next door neighbor, who saw the coyote as it jumped over our 8-foot wall, said she had not seen one of these predators in more than 20 years. In disbelief, I surveyed almost 100 households in Costa Mesa, and I was shocked at the results. Half of those surveyed had no idea coyotes were around and a threat to pets and children, and no one had made an effort to reach out to them - something that, if done just days prior, would have saved Lucky's life.
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From the Los Angeles Times | March 22, 2013
An executive with the company that manufactured faulty equipment that led to the shutdown of the San Onofre nuclear plant defended decisions made in the design of the replacement steam generators. The company made choices in designing support structures at San Onofre that were intended to prevent one type of vibration, but ended up creating another type of vibration that ultimately led to the plant's closure, said Frank Gillespie, senior vice president with Mitsubishi Nuclear Energy Systems.
NEWS
By Denny Freidenrich | March 18, 2013
There is a simple and direct way to resolve the debate about San Onofre. The issue needs to be put to a vote in Orange and San Diego counties on the same day. The county counsels in the two regions need to draft identical ballot measures that simply ask for a thumbs up or thumbs down vote on reopening the nuclear power plant. This way, the 6 million people living closest to San Onofre, which is operated by Southern California Edison, will have their say in the matter. I'm guessing that those evacuated from Fukushima two years ago in Japan might like to have that option as a do-over.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | February 21, 2013
Money and power were on the agenda Thursday afternoon, as dozens of area residents weighed in at a California Public Utilities Commission hearing in Costa Mesa on whether to reopen two troubled units at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, and to what extent ratepayers should foot the bills racked up by the outages. The plant has been shuttered for more than a year because of unusual degradation of steam generator tubes carrying radioactive water. The commission launched an investigation in October into the costs of the outage at San Onofre, which could eventually result in some rates being refunded to customers of Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric.
NEWS
By Denny Freidenrich | December 1, 2012
Talk about a game-changer. Do you know the Barack Obama campaign tracked the buying, subscription and leisure habits of 29,000 voters as far back as 2008? Most presidential campaigns track about 1,500 voters for six to 12 months. It turns out this is exactly what Mitt Romney's brain trust did. Is it any wonder then why Obama was reelected? I mention this in light of a mid-September poll commissioned by Friends of the Earth. The results indicated strong support among Southern California Edison customers for closing the San Onofre nuclear power plant.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | November 30, 2012
Newport Beach and Costa Mesa Southern California Edison customers likely will see about $7 added to their monthly bills starting early next year, thanks to a California Public Utilities Commission decision to allow the energy provider to raise its rates by about 5%. Rates are estimated to rise an additional 6.3%, then 5.9% for each of the following two years, the Los Angeles Times reported . The increased revenue, a PUC news release says,...
OCNOW
From the Los Angeles Times | October 25, 2012
The California Public Utilities Commission has launched an investigation into the nine-month outage at the San Onofre nuclear plant, which could result in rates eventually being lowered or money refunded to customers of the energy companies that own the plant. The five commissioners voted unanimously to launch the probe at its meeting Tuesday in Irvine. Commission President Michael Peevey promised that the investigation of the darkened plant -- on the coastline south of San Clemente -- will be "exhaustive.
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From the Los Angeles Times | October 4, 2012
Southern California Edison wants to restart one of the two reactors at its San Onofre nuclear plant, which has been shuttered for eight months over safety concerns, officials said Thursday. The plant's Unit 2 reactor was offline for routine inspections and maintenance when a steam generator tube in Unit 3 sprung a leak on Jan. 31, releasing a small amount of radioactive steam. That led to the discovery that the tubes in the newly replaced steam generators were wearing out more quickly than expected, including some that showed an unusual type of wear caused by tubes rubbing against adjacent tubes.
NEWS
By Jillian Beck | August 6, 2012
It only took two days for a 700-pound sea lion to find his way back up the Back Bay and into San Diego Creek in Irvine. On Saturday afternoon, police and a rescue team from the Laguna Beach-based Pacific Marine Mammal Center captured the adult sea lion in the creek near Main Street and released him into Newport Harbor later that day, said Lt. Julia Engen, a public information officer for the Irvine Police Department. Two days later, the sea lion was back, swimming up Newport's waterway.
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From the Los Angeles Times | May 23, 2012
Environmental and anti-nuclear activists gathered at Southern California Edison headquarters in Irvine on Wednesday calling for the San Onofre nuclear plant to be decommissioned and for the utility to implement more extensive conservation programs. The plant has been shut down for nearly four months due to safety concerns over excessive wear on tubes in the plant's newly installed steam generators. Edison has yet to publicly say what missteps led to the wear -- which officials said was occurring because the flow of steam caused some tubes to vibrate excessively and rub against each other and support structures.
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