FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 18, 2014
ONTARIO, CA – Saturday, Assemblyman Curt Hagman addressed a crowd of concerned residents about the 200-foot monster towers recently installed in Ontario by Southern California Edison.
A similar battle ensued from 2007 to 2013 in the City of Chino Hills. Assemblyman Hagman, Senator Bob Huff, Supervisor Gary Ovitt, the City of Chino Hills, and the Chino Hills community at-large, fought for years to protect citizens from Edison’s monster towers which carry half a million volts, some as close as 75 feet from resident’s homes.
Hagman commented, “We were ultimately successful because we got local elected officials and community involved. We built coalitions to continue the fight to underground the power lines.”
“By showing a united front and working together with all of the stakeholders involved, from Edison and the Parks Department, to the legislature, we were able to come up with a win-win solution,” Hagman continued.
To prevent similar circumstances from occurring in other cities, Hagman introduced AB 2662 in 2010 to ban the monster towers. The bill ultimately failed in Utilities & Commerce.
Hagman did not give up and in 2012, introduced AB 2235 to compensate residents whose property was devalued by the installation of high power voltage lines. This bill also failed in committee.
Assemblyman Curt Hagman offered his support and sympathy to the residents of Ontario and said hopes to assist the community in finding a solution to the problem as County Supervisor.
In July 2013, the CPUC decided on a 3-2 vote to underground Edison’s Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project through the City of Chino Hills.