Southern California Edison executives assured state lawmakers and Long Beach city officials on Saturday that it would respond to future power outages with greater competence and speed than it did during two protracted blackouts in July.
Two of the utility's top executives took harsh criticism at a town hall meeting for its slow response last July to electrical vault explosions and two sustained outages.
Efforts have been in full force to revitalize the Los Angeles River that once ran freely from Los Angeles to Long Beach but is now partially covered by concrete and graffiti.
As Mayor Eric Garcetti touted his $1.3 billion plan in Washington D.C. to restore natural elements to an 11-mile stretch of the river between Griffith Park and downtown, legislation has been making its way in Sacramento to address the southern portion of the 51-mile long river.
Like some Third World city, downtown Long Beach lost power twice in July and with it the confidence of some of its residents.
Southern California Edison, the utility company that provides power to Long Beach, needs to explain what happened and why a second underground vault that's decades old caught fire and cut off power on Thursday.
In a disturbing replay of a scene that caused a four-day outage just two weeks earlier, people were stuck in elevators, a manhole cover exploded and businesses went dark.
State regulators do not appear ready to comply with a July 31 deadline to release thousands of emails requested by the chairman of the Assembly committee overseeing the California Public Utilities Commission.
Commission President Michael Picker said in a letter on Friday that he is working to respond to the lawmaker's request for emails pertaining to the failed San Onofre power plant north of Oceanside, but gave no indication he would turn over any records by the deadline this Friday.