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Power outage hits Mountain View, again

Residents along and south of El Camino Real affected

A power outage in Mountain View this morning affected thousands of PG&E customers, turning traffic lights all along El Camino Real into four-way stops. This is the second PG&E power outage in Mountain View this week.

The power outage started around 8:07 a.m. and affected the area along and South of El Camino Real west of Highway 85. The initial outage affected 2,900 customers, according to PG&E spokeswoman Monica Tell.

Tell said that as of 10:15 a.m., power has been restored to all but 267 customers in Mountain View -- residents located northeast of Victor Way. The estimated restoration time for the remaining customers is 1 p.m. this afternoon.

Power to traffic lights on El Camino Real was restored by around 9 a.m. this morning, according to Mountain View police.

The outage occurred when a squirrel came into contact with PG&E equipment in Mountain View and caused a downed power line. Tell said downed power lines can be live wires and a safety hazard, and if residents see a downed power line they should call PG&E or 9-1-1.

A power outage affected Mountain View earlier this week on Monday, Aug. 18 when a contractor doing work for PG&E "impacted" a power line on Escuela Avenue, causing a brief outage for 3,165 customers in the downtown area, including Caltrain.

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Posted by zap
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 22, 2014 at 11:24 am

The duct tape from the previous fix must have been defective.


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Posted by Bruno
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 22, 2014 at 12:04 pm

Can't we just bury the darn lines already? Palo Alto did it, we can do it too. Plus the sky looks a lot better without wires obstructing the view.


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Posted by Pam
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 22, 2014 at 12:37 pm

Does this mean every time a squirrel touches a PG&E line I have to pick up my work and go somewhere else for the day? Sigh.


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Posted by Dr DeKaplani
a resident of Bailey Park
on Aug 22, 2014 at 12:44 pm

PG&E= Pacific Graft & Extortion


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Posted by Bury the lines
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Aug 22, 2014 at 1:07 pm

I'm with you Bruno!


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Posted by Chris
a resident of Castro City
on Aug 22, 2014 at 1:43 pm

Yeah, what my wife Pam said. PG&E needs to squirrel-proof their lines, or put them underground (as Bruno mentioned). But then we need to be concerned about moles and groundhogs...


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Posted by Susan
a resident of Castro City
on Aug 22, 2014 at 2:12 pm

PLEASE put underground utilities on a priority list! We do not have any underground critters who can get through the conduit to the active components. It might also spare a few squirrels a toasty finale!

Rengstorff was carved up a couple of years ago to put the fiber-optic cables, etc. underground. It would have been great if PG&E could have worked to install their infrastructure at the same time. Duh!

The rational few who think this way never get any input so I hope someone from PG&E reads this!


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Posted by Aileen
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 22, 2014 at 2:27 pm

Possibly this was a large, and the lines are only meant to withstand small squirrels.
Really, no matter where those lines are located, the level of reliability is pretty awful. Nowhere else have I experienced so many outages as here in the supposed world center of technology.


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Posted by Velvet Underground
a resident of Cuernavaca
on Aug 22, 2014 at 2:42 pm

Undergrounding power lines costs somewhere in the neighborhood of $100 per linear foot based on what the city told me two years ago.

Palo Alto could do it because they run their own municipal power utility instead of using PG&E. I think that it cost each PA resident thousnds of dollars because the city/utility just did the main lines but each customer had to pay to bury the lines from the street to the meter.


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Posted by StuckInTraffic
a resident of another community
on Aug 22, 2014 at 3:06 pm

Well, why didn't PGE put the power lines undergrown when someone else spent 4 months digging up El Camino Real to lay cable? Kept me up at night and created the worst dust ever. For months. And no one thought to bury the power cabels at the same time?
Could have saved some money as well.
And why do you REQUIRE a neighborhood when you don't supply one!!! It's really annoying - I live in Mt. View, but have to put "other community" to post FIX THE PROBLEM


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Posted by Palo Alto Resident
a resident of another community
on Aug 22, 2014 at 3:29 pm

Just to inform you, very few areas in Palo Alto have underground lines. We have been told we are half way through a 50 year project to underground the whole city!!!


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Posted by kathy
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Aug 22, 2014 at 3:52 pm

Would love underground power lines, power lines are an eyesore. Would be happy to pay our part of the cost but doubt it will happen in my lifetime.


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Posted by incognito
a resident of Waverly Park
on Aug 22, 2014 at 4:20 pm

Another vote for underground lines please


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Posted by mike
a resident of Monta Loma
on Aug 22, 2014 at 5:12 pm

I'm concern that none of these heartless comments mentioned the squirrel.


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Posted by Konrad M. Sosnow
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 22, 2014 at 6:19 pm

PG&E is too busy making feel good commercials to spend time making sure we have electricity. Our PG&E payments are going to pay for TV commercials where PG&E employees tell how committed they are to their community.

PG&E - actions speak louder than words!


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Posted by Boris Badinoff
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 22, 2014 at 6:27 pm

Fearless Leader says 'Kill Moose and Squirrel'!


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Posted by Mr. Tee
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 22, 2014 at 8:27 pm

I agree with Boris Badinoff, Natasha and Fearless Leader. Why not eliminate the offending pests, squirrels serve no useful purpose, exterminate them. Then we won't have Cuesta Park attack squirrel issues.


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Posted by StuckInTraffic
a resident of another community
on Aug 23, 2014 at 10:39 am

Squirrels are pests (OK, cute pests, but pests none-the-less)
They've now caused 3 major power outages (1 was a few years ago).
They've eaten my tomatoes and roses.
Pest Control (Mt. View Vector Control) won't touch them.
They attack children in the park for their food.
They are a non-native, introduced species.
So, no sympathy for the reduction of the overpopulation of squirrels.
But, I do think that PGE should be able to squirrel-proof it's power lines! Vector control says that cayenne pepper works, but so far, they seem to enjoy it when I use it.


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Posted by Lisa
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 23, 2014 at 2:23 pm

I don't like squirrels. The best way to keep them under control is to release cats to roam around and kill the baby squirrels. Our local feral cat rescues do the best they can in that regard, but we can all help by letting our pets roam around outside as much as possible.


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Posted by Linda Curtis
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 24, 2014 at 3:16 pm

Linda Curtis is a registered user.

A squirrel can kill a cat if cornered. Cats are best at killing birds, especially small song birds. Keep your cat in to prevent this and to save it from being hit by a car, mutilated by a dog, or contracting feline AIDs, or viral feline cancer, from other cats. Indoor cats live something like 5 times longer I'm told.

I've never heard of a squirrel eating tomatoes. Sure you don't have rats? They especially love citrus fruit. And cats don't do very well as rat catchers.

PG&E: Bury the electric lines as each road is torn up for other stuff. I wouldn't mind paying to help get this accomplished. Worth it in the long run. Too bad my street got all ripped apart for new water mains, and yet no electric conduits. It has been years since, and still no final resurfacing, so before that is done, maybe it is not too late. Are you bothering to read this, PG&ER? Probably not...


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Posted by Linda Curtis
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 24, 2014 at 3:18 pm

Linda Curtis is a registered user.

A squirrel can kill a cat if cornered. Cats are best at killing birds, especially small song birds. Keep your cat in to prevent this and to save it from being hit by a car, mutilated by a dog, or contracting feline AIDs, or viral feline cancer, from other cats. Indoor cats live something like 5 times longer I'm told.

I've never heard of a squirrel eating tomatoes. Sure you don't have rats? They especially love citrus fruit. And cats don't do very well as rat catchers.

PG&E: Bury the electric lines as each road is torn up for other stuff. I wouldn't mind paying to help get this accomplished. Worth it in the long run. Too bad my street got all ripped apart for new water mains, and yet no electric conduits. It has been years since, and still no final resurfacing, so before that is done, maybe it is not too late. Are you bothering to read this, PG&ER? Probably not...


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Posted by Lisa
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 24, 2014 at 11:48 pm

A squirrel can injure a cat, but after breeding season, the juveniles make a nice feline snack. Look on Craigslist. There are lots of cats that can be rehomed FOR FREE! Best way to curb the populations of squirrels and those pesky songbirds.


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Posted by Reardon
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 25, 2014 at 2:26 pm

Perhaps underground wires could save $ spent to trim trees in our backyards. PGE contractors have butchered our backyard tree. Same for neighbors without recourse.


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Posted by Very long time MV resident
a resident of North Whisman
on Aug 25, 2014 at 8:07 pm

Linda,
Squirrels have eaten virtually everything in my garden (tomatoes, apples, zucchini blossoms, etc). The most annoying thing they do is to take a single bite out of something, then toss it and go back for another. I can't start seeds in the garden as they tear up the ground where I've planted. I've had freshly planted flowers in pots ripped out to find a peanut planted in their place. If I never see another squirrel, I'd be happy. But in Mountain View, it's not just the squirrels - it's also the possums,the raccoons, and the rats. With the amount of wildlife in the area, we might as well be living in the woods.


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Posted by Sparty
a resident of another community
on Aug 25, 2014 at 11:54 pm

Sparty is a registered user.

Squirrels will take out cable service too. And phone. They dont care what drop they are chewing on.

Same as if you let a rabbit loose in your house.


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Posted by MtnViewCitizen
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 26, 2014 at 12:51 am

I want to pave over mountain view and push out all wildlife. The only plants should be thirsty green lawns.
Derp.


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Posted by No Animal Outages!
a resident of another community
on Sep 2, 2014 at 6:54 am

Here is the solution!

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