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Los Molinos Power Lines Go Underground this Summer

The project will cost over $1 million.

San Diego Gas & Electric will bury power lines along Los Molinos and Calle Valle, next to the Boys & Girls Club starting this summer.

Tom Bonigut, San Clemente's assistant city engineer, Wednesday updated the San Clemente Chamber of Commerce's legislative committee on the project. He also discussed a plan to bury the lines in the historic Del Mar downtown district.

That project will be underway in the first months of 2014 he said.

Duane Cave, an SDG&E spokesman, said the Los Molinos/Calle Valle project will cost about $1 million, while the Del Mar project will cost about $1.5 million.

The money comes from rate payers -- the California Public Utilities Commission allowed a separate fund to be set up specifically to pay for burying lines in cities, Cave said.

george gregory February 28, 2013 at 03:10 PM
tell me tom when do none camber members get service around here we have sidewalks with telephone poles in the middle of them and you are removing poles from alleys ?
Charlie Dean February 28, 2013 at 07:01 PM
Come down to Los Molinos and see that it's NOT an ally. This is a very busy revenue generating part of town + read how this gets paid as well. Get involved instead of simply asking "Tom." (The money comes from rate payers -- the California Public Utilities Commission allowed a separate fund to be set up specifically to pay for burying lines in cities, Cave said.)
JENIFER MASSEY February 28, 2013 at 07:04 PM
Why does a commercial district get priority over a residential district ? SWSC resident.
John February 28, 2013 at 07:30 PM
maybe the commercial district generates Mo MoNeY?
Ronc4109 February 28, 2013 at 09:39 PM
CPUC 'allowed' a separate fund to be created? Really? on the backs of rate payers, again. Thanks for all the favors.
Diane Hennessy February 28, 2013 at 10:55 PM
When my dad bought his house in southwest San Clemente 40 years ago he was told the power lines were going underground in that neighborhood. They're still up there in the air.
Sicmarc February 28, 2013 at 11:13 PM
It makes sense to start with the poles on the west side of town as they block ocean views for the majority of sc
PK March 05, 2013 at 06:27 AM
Please get rid of all the ugly wires and poles on W. Marquita Ave. They are old, block Ocean Views and seems to be very susceptible to power surges and outages during heavy storms. They need to go underground!

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