Supervisors Take Vegetation Management Practices to Task

The Canyon ChronicleBy The Canyon Chronicle      February 5, 2021

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Supervisors Take Vegetation Management Practices to Task
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The Las Virgenes Homeowners Federation (LVHF) reported that on Tuesday, January 26, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a motion that struck a blow to Southern California Edison’s (SCE) “errant Vegetation Management activities in Los Angeles County.” LVHF President Kim Lamorie wrote in an email, “Our gratitude to Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, to her Deputy Timothy Lippman, and to the Department of Regional Planning. The list of complaints against SCE from our communities and from the Fifth District is long... .” The motion, “Improving Southern California Edison’s Vegetation Management Program in Los Angeles County,” also directed the Department of Public Works and LA County Fire Department “to coordinate with the Department of Regional Planning on their own tree and vegetation management procedures and report back in six months on additional enhancements to existing programs to meet these expectations.” The motion says, in part, “Los Angeles County’s Department of Regional Planning, the 3rd Supervisorial District, 5th Supervisorial District, Department of Public Works, area residents, and staff from the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) have been in ongoing discussions with Southern California Edison (SCE) to improve SCE’s vegetation management and tree trimming practices and protocols. “However, despite our efforts to effectuate an enlightened outlook in the importance of natural resources, SCE continues to execute its vegetation management and tree trimming programs in a heavy-handed, haphazard, uncoordinated and inconsistent fashion. SCE’s continued disregard and lack of respect for area residents, the County’s urban forest, and natural resources can no longer be tolerated. It is imperative that SCE identify and implement proactive strategies to institute proper notification and customer service to affected communities as it relates to planned and emergency vegetation management and tree trimming activities. Further, strengthened compliance with local and state programs is required to maintain safe utility infrastructure while protecting critical natural resources.” The motion directs the Director of the Department of Regional Planning to: Analyze and formally provide comment, on behalf of the County of Los Angeles, to Southern California Edison’s (SCE) impending 2021 Wildfire Mitigation Plan report to the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC), specifically noting any deficiencies in compliance with local requirements or lack of appropriate protection of natural resources, and making suggestions for improvements to community engagement and outreach; and Continue to engage with SCE and CPUC to monitor compliance with approved vegetation management activities, especially as it relates to notification, community outreach, and local permitting requirements, and report back to the Board of Supervisors within one year on qualitative and quantitative improvements made by SCE on their customer engagement.
The Canyon Chronicle
      February 5, 2021

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