On September 12, 2011, Senator Bob Huff's office issued a Press Release about a Press Conference to be held in Chino Hills on September 13, 2011 to reveal new information and take questions about the new Edison Power Lines and Towers going through Chino Hills and La Habra Heights.
Residents Gathering Early for Chino Hills protest against Power Lines
Over 100 people showed up to protest the power lines and listen to the Press Conference.
Mayor Ed Graham started the presentation saying they had just found out the previous night that Chino Hills had lost its court appeal. He said Chino Hills had already spent $2.4 million fighting the unsightly and unwanted towers and wasn't done yet.
State Senator Bob Huff and Assemblyman Curt Hagman, both also represent La Habra Heights, made comments and took questions.
Assemblyman Curt Hagman, State Senator Bob Huff and Chino Hills Mayor Ed Graham
Senator Huff and Assembly Hagman spoke of the 5 year battle to stop the power lines and the difficulty in dealing with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).
Mayor Ed Graham said they still have an appeal pending before the CPUC and encouraged residents to be outraged.
In interviews after the Press Conference (see below) Senator Huff and Assemblyman Hagman said it would be difficult at this point to overturn the lines and get them moved.
Assemblyman Hagman encouraged the La Habra Heights City Council to send an opposition letter to the Governor.
It is difficult to get a sense of the height and scale of these approximately 20 story tall towers in pictures. They are huge!
La Habra Heights will get the more unsightly lattice type towers. Staging and construction is already underway in La Habra Heights.
While Councilmembers Bergman and Carroll did testify before the CPUC at a hearing in 2009, they were unable to rally any other councilmember to join them for Official City action against the towers that will blanket the northern border of the city.
Councilmembers Bergman and Carroll at 2009 CPUC meeting opposing the power lines through LHH
Then Mayor Vipperman refused to write an opposition letter to the CPUC on behalf of the City saying, "I'm the Mayor and I'll write the letters I want."
There was a request to find out about joining with Chino Hills in some way, but it was never reported back on or mentioned again.
While Chino Hills has spent $30 per resident fighting the power lines on behalf or their residents, La Habra Heights City Council has chosen to recently spend about $30 per resident to subsidize builders, buy new software and hire an intern.
See interview with State Senator Bob Huff - Quicktime | WMV
See interview with Assemblyman Curt Hagman- Quicktime | WMV
See highlights of Press Conference- Quicktime | WMV