I, and presumably everyone, could not agree more wholeheartedly, especially in view of the doomsday scenarios set forth that the utilities must be under grounded on the “evacuation” routes. No fires; no catastrophes; no Armageddon. No reasonable person wants your house, my house or any others harmed or destroyed.
But, please what exactly (show us a proposed map) do you want under grounded at our joint, unrestricted expense without bidding, cost controls, negotiations? Where?
The lack of definition is astounding or intentional, especially without advance planning. If just the canyon road, those providing the cost estimates to bury some lines must be smoking something just legalized.
All this financial reporting and forecasting, monies to be committed and paid; exactly where and what are the desired routes defined to be mutually saved at our joint, expansive expense? Is it just Laguna Canyon Road? Isn’t the Coast Highway also another sole means of ingress/egress, except the ocean. But Coast Highway is always jammed, as if the Canyon Road isn’t, whether evacuation or normal, interfering with escape? Why not place giant row boats on all the beaches, ladies and children first? All of the town objectively seems a fire trap in presence of big Santa Ana winds and drought and the over grown trees and bushes and random dense compact structures and poorly planned, narrow, laid out streets.
The canyon road is a state highway and the utilities are installed and owned by and for the financial benefit of the utility shareholders, although necessary for all of us and our mutual benefits, for which we all pay handsomely. So, why should the benefited state and utilities not be jointly contributing?
Why are the owners of the over-grown, unkempt, sky-scraping, encroaching trees and bushes not forced to reduce those fire-accelerating hazards?
What are the rules of contribution, since we, the state and the utilities are to be mutually, maybe not equally, benefited?
What is the unified plan? Banish fires, outlaw all combustible materials, prevent Santa Ana winds, create regular significant rains, fire hydrants at every door, firemen on every street?
Random disorganized undefined Band-aids will stop the diffuse bleeding when confronting mass random dismemberment.
Let’s do it! Let us hire more exorbitant hourly consultants to further describe the obviously apparent problems, benefits and detriments and then report back in 10 months or longer, more or less.
Byron Nelson, Laguna Beach