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Los Angeles Power Outage Takes WILLisms.com Down With It.

If you were trying to get onto WILLisms.com over the past few hours and couldn't, it's because of the Los Angeles power failure:

A wide-ranging power outage, set off when a cable was accidentally cut, darkened large sections of downtown Los Angeles and many parts of the San Fernando Valley for a couple hours shortly after noon, authorities said.

Two million customers were affected before most power was restored about 2 p.m. During the blackout, elevators stalled, traffic lights either went out or burned steadily green, and teachers tried to soothe worried schoolchildren.

Ron Deaton, head of the city Department of Water and Power, said at one point two of the city's four power generating stations in the Los Angeles Basin had shut down.

Deaton said two stations that receive power from the generators malfunctioned as a result of the severed cable.

Results then cascaded throughout DWP's massive system, automatically shutting down the plants.


Posted by Will Franklin · 12 September 2005 07:29 PM


Down but not out!...

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at September 12, 2005 09:41 PM

Hey Will, get off-grid.

Get a 10K diesel back-up generator, and a 1000 Ahr solar system, put it on 5 acres in the hills outside LA (above the tule fogs), and you're online, all the time - no lousy line worker with a snip-happy trigger finger can ever cut your power again.

Every self-sufficient American libertarian should get off the friggin' grid.

Posted by: Steve at September 13, 2005 08:48 AM

Did Deaton tell you that IBEW is testy because a 5 year contract brokered by the former mayor is now being questioned by the City COuncil? The new mayor has political ambitions and signed on but the council is balking. The vote is tomorrow. Was this a warning shot? The esplanation of an accidentally severed cable just doesn't fly. They don't do that kind of work without workarounds.

Posted by: Ralph at September 13, 2005 10:04 AM

I am actually in Houston, which is what makes it so annoying. My server is just in Southern California.

Posted by: Will Franklin at September 13, 2005 10:54 AM

It's all Bush's fault!

Posted by: Cardinals Nation at September 13, 2005 02:41 PM