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Island Company tests electric bus This week, Santa Catalina Island Company conducted a series of tests with the first ever, full size, all-electric bus on Catalina Island. As part of its green initiatives, the Island Company is testing the bus for inland tours, city tours and possible future routes. The technology is under consideration as a possible replacement for its current fleet of buses. The test model is not the look and feel that the Island Company hopes to bring to the Island. The frame and appearance of the bus will be customized, should the Island Companymove forward with this new technol- ogy. Courtesy photo Fish and Wildlife answers abalone question Late 8 a.m. start time for abalone called unfair STAFF REPORT Question: Just a note (com- plaint) ... the start time of 8 a.m. for abalone is very, very unfair. The two lowest tides of the year are in May and June, and you just eliminated them. Rock pickers are put into a shorter collection time and can make even more hurried decisions to take an under-size ab off a rock. You are punishing all rock pick- ers and putting them in danger by forcing them to dive for abs when they are not good divers (thus, in danger of drowning). The 8 a.m. rule does not adversely affect the divers at all. You already closed off way over half the state of California. There is no way that abalone hunters can wipe out the abalone population. I go rock pick- ing for abalone with six others and we all share these thoughts. (Fred M., San Francisco). Answer: According to California Department of Fish and Wildlife Marine Environmental Scientist Jerry Kashiwada, the Rock pickers search for abalone. Photo courtesy of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife current Abalone Recovery and Management Plan recommends a 25 percent reduction in the take of abalone when the density (number of abalone in a standard area) reaches the low levels seen in the most recent surveys. The 8 a.m. start time was ini- tially proposed by wildlife officers who had been seeing large num- bers of rock pickers at all low tides and believed that segment of the fishery was unsustainable. The officers observed rock pickers were taking more time to find legal limits, were less likely to get a limit and were removing and returning more short abalone, many of which were unlikely to survive the handling. The later start time also helps officers by eliminating predawn fishing hours when the light is too dim to observe violations. The effect of the new start time was estimated using data from returned abalone report cards, but the actual effect is unknown since it depended on whether many people would shift to later hours. Join us, and: Be FUELED by Medifast Be EMPOWERED by your Health Coach* Be INVIGORATED by the Habits of Health for lashes Call 714-546-2020 For a Saturday clinic appointment at CIMC. l/ ORANGE COAST ee censer O Toke Shape For Life FUELED sv00Medi/ast. Take one step now- Take Shape For Life. We make it easy to be free of excess weight, low energy, and poor health. Let us coach you to Optimal Health! Chelsea McCormick Independent Health Coach (562) 682-6720 coachchelsea254@gmail.com Rigo Martinez Independent Health Coach (310) 486-3033 rigomartinezc@gmail.com Mindy Malan Independent Health Coach (310) 592-0073 mindythecoach@gmail.com Mary Boyd Independent Health Coach (310) 413-1235 mary. 1.boyd@me.com Results yap/. Typical weight loss is 2-5 lbs per week for the first 2 weeks and 1-2 Ibs per week thereafter. "A Health Coac is not a subBMe for a physician or qualified medical practitioner for monitoring those using Medifast Meals. Consult your physician before starSng a weight loss program Final lobster report released STAFF REPORT The California Department of Fish and Wildlife recently announced the release of the Final Report of the Lobster FMP Scientific Review Committee and provide an update of the timeline for the Fish and Game Commission process. The report is available on the Ocean Science Trust website: http://www.oceansciencetrust. org/project/review-of-califor- nia-spiny-lobster-fishery-man- agement-plan. The revised timeline is as follows: Dec. 9-10: the depart- ment submits the Lobster Fishery Management Plan to the state wildlife commission and requests authorization to publish notice of intent to amend regula- tions. In 2016 Fish and Game Commission will discuss and possibly adopt the lobster plan. Los usuados con acceso al Intemet podrdn leer y descargar esta notificaci6n en espafiol en el sitio Web de SCE www.sce.comVavisos o escriba a: Southern California Edison Company P.O. Box 800 2244 Walnut Grove Avenue Rosemead, CA 91770 Atencibn: Comunicaciones Corporativas NOTICE OF EVlDENTIARY HEARINGS REGARDING THE PILOT PHASE OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON COMPANY'S PROPOSAL FOR CHARGE READY AND MARKET EDUCATION PROGRAMS APPLICATION (A.) 14-10-014 PROPOSAL TO INCREASE ELECTRIC RATES Monday, June 22, 2015, through Friday, June 26, 2015 10:00 A.M. CPUC Hearing Room, 505 Van Ness Avenue San Francisco, CA 94102 The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is currently reviewing Southern California Edison Company's (SCE) request to increase rates for issues related to the pilot phase of its Charge Ready and Market Education Programs. Evidentiary Hearings (EHs) are scheduled for the dates, times, and location shown above. Any changes to the dates times and locations of the EHs will be pasted to the CPUC's Daily Calendar which is accessible on the CPUC website at www.couc.ca.oov. The hearing location is wheelchair accessible. Any participant needing a language or Sign interpreter, or other special assistance, should contact the CPUC's Public Advisor's Office (PAO) at the address listed at the bottom of this notice at least five days in advance of the hearing date. INFORMATION ABOUT SCE'S PROPOSAL On October 30, 2014, SCE submitted an application to the CPUC for approval of its proposed Charge Ready and Market Education Programs, which includes a pilot phase (Phase 1). If this pilot phase is approved, SCE will recover the program costs through electric rates. SCE's estimate of the total o cost of this pilot phase is $22 million in 2015, which will result in a 0.03 Yo system wide average rate increase compared to August 2014 rates. Through this proposed program, SCE will encourage business customers to add charging stations to their property by providing the supporting electric infrastructure needed. SCE will offer customers a rebate for purchasing the charging stations. SCE will own and maintain the supporting electrical infrastructure. Customers will choose, own, operate, and maintain the charging stations. SCE's proposed Charge Ready program aims to support the deployment of charging installations efficiently by factoring in the location, design and construction costs to maintain reasonable fees. In this application, SCE is proposing to implement a two-phase Charge Ready program and an electric vehicle (EV) Market Education campaign. Phase 1 would be a one-year pilot to deploy up to 1,500 charging stations, and would also include an introductory market education program. Phase 2 would include deployment of additional charging stations to bring the total up to 30,000 over five years, and expard the market education and outreach campaign. SCE's proposed Charge Ready program is integral to developing the charging infrastructure required to increase EV usage to help meet California's greenhouse gas (GHG), climate, air quality and petroleum reduction goals and objectives by 2020. The Charge Ready program will expand the EV charging infrastructure and aims to improve customer awareness. EVIDENTIARY HEARINGS At these EHs the assigned Administrative Law Judge (Judge) will receive the testimony of representatives from SCE. as well as consumer advocacy groups, and all other parties to this proceeding. These hearings are open to the public, but only those who are parties to the proceeding may present evidence, testimony, and be subject to cross-examination. The hearings and documents submitted during the proceeding become part of the formal record that the Judge relies upon in writing a proposed decision to present to the Commissioners for their consideration. After considering all proposals and evidence presented during the formal hearing process, the assigned Judge will issue a proposed decision which may adopt SCE's proposal, modify it, or deny it. Any CPUC Commissioner may sponsor an alternate decision. The proposed decision, and any alternate decisions, will be discussed and voted upon at a scheduled CPUC Voting Meeting. As a party of record, the Office of Ratepayer Advocates (ORA) has reviewed SCE's Application. ORA is the independent consumer advocate within the CPUC with a legislative mandate to represent investor-owned utility customers to obtain the lowest possible rate for service consistent with reliable and safe service levels. ORA has a multi-disciplinary staff with expertise in economics, finance, accounting and engineering. Other parties of record will also participate in the CPUC's proceeding to consider this application. For more information about ORA, please call (415) 703-1584, e-mail ora( , or visit ORA's website at www.ora.ca.oov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION FROM SCE You may review a copy of this application and related exhibits at SCE's corporate headquarters (2244 Walnut Grove Avenue, Rosemead, CA 91770). You may also view these materials at the following SCE business offices: 1 Pebbly Beach Rd. 1820 Rimrock Rd. 374 Lagoon St. Avalon, CA 90704 Barstow, CA 92311 Bishop, CA 93514 505 W. t4 Ave. 3001 Chateau Rd. 510 S. China Lake Blvd. B[ythe, CA 92225 Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546 Ridgecrest, CA 93555 26364 Pine Ave. 41694 Dinkey Creek Rd. 421 W J St. Rimforest, CA 92378 Shaver Lake, CA 93664 Tehachapi, CA 93561 120 Woodland Dr. 6999 Old Woman Springs Rd. Wofford Heights, CA 93285 Yucca Valley, CA 92284 Customers with Intemet access may view and download SCE's application and related exhibits on SCE's website, www.sce,comlaoolications (type "A. 14-10-014" into the Search box and click "Go"). Anyone who would like to obtain more information about the application, please write to: Southern California Edison Company SCE's Charge Ready Application (A. 14-10-014) P.O. Box 800 2244 Walnut Grove Avenue Rosemead, CA 91770 Attention: Law Dept. - Case Administration STAY INFORMED If you would like to follow this proceeding, or any other issue before the CPUC, you may use the CPUC's free subscription service. Sign up at: htto:llsubscdbecDuc.couc.ca.aovl. If you would like to learn how you can participate in the proceeding, or if you have informal comments or questions about the CPUC processes, you may access the CPUC's PAO webpage at and click on "Public Advisor" from the CPUC Information Menu. You may also contact the PAO as follows: Write: CPUC Public Advisor's Office, Room 2103 505 Van Ness Avenue San Francisco, CA 94102 Email: ou blic.edvisor(obcouc.ca.aov Phone: 1-866-849-8390 (toll-flee) or 1-415-703-2074 TTY: 1-866-836-7825 (toll-free) or 1-415-703-5282 Please reference SCE Application No. A.14-10-014 in any communications you have with the CPUC regarding this matter. All public comments will become part of the public correspondence file for this proceeding and made available for review by the assigned Judge, the Commissioners, and appropriate CPUC staff. iE" CATALINAiiIiNOER ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... Frida, ]une;J 9i2ci:] 5 ii5