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BY JENNIFER LEONHARDI A 2.6 magnitude earthquake shook the San Pedro Channel over the weekend, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) website. The small quake's epicenter was eight miles" northeast of Avalon, on Santa Catalina Island, at 4:31 a.m. Sunday. At this time there ap- pears to be no known reports of the earthquake by the public. Earthquakes are certainly not uncommon for our region. In fact, there have been over 3300 earth- quakes recorded in the State of California over the past 30 days, the largest being a 3.9 magnitude quake that occurred in San Fer- nando, CA which is about 60 miles north of Catalina Island. If we were to look a little closer to home, there have been 30 earth- quakes in the past 30 days that have occurred within 50 miles of the Island, the largest of these be- ing a 3.3 magnitude that took place on November 6, 2012. The San Andreas Fault Sys- tem, which crosses California from the Salton Sea in the south to Cape Mendocino in the north, is the boundary between the Pacific Plate and North American Plate. The Pacific Plate is moving north- west with respect to the North American Plate at approximately 56 millimeters per year, about the same rate that your fingernails grow. Due to the fact that these two plates are moving horizon- tally past one another, scientists say that in 15 million years from now, Los Angeles and San Fran- cisco will actually be adjacent to one another. Although the San Andreas Fault system has historically creat- ed some of the largest earthquakes reported in California, we have several fault lines which may po- tentially cause significant quakes that are much closer to home. According to the website space- daily.com, one of the most poten- tially devastating fault lines for southern California lies directly under the Island. Although most faults offshore Los Angeles and Orange counties are mostly strike- slip - faults (which are those that move side to side), bends in the fault line produce areas where the ground is pushed up during major earthquakes. This type of move- ment in the earth would not only produce large magnitude earth- quakes felt over a large region, but is also the most common cause of devastating tsunamis. One of these regions lies directly below Santa Catalina Island. Jose C. Borrero, assistant re- search professor in the USC Vit- Avalon PTA update The Avalon High School Drama Department's presentation of the comedic farce "The Worst High School Play in the World," will be held Thursday, Nov. 29; Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1 Showtime is 7 p.m. and tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for stu- dents and seniors. Author Kevin Janison will visit the school library on Dec. 3. The Avalon Elementary Winter Concert will be held in the casino on Monday, Dec." 10 andthe Secondary Concert in the school auditorium on Thursday, De6. 13. erbi School, conducted a survey which studied the potential of ar- eas in the fault lines such as this one. "Bends in the fault trace produce regions where earthquake stresses cause the sea floor to pop up and generate a tsunami?' In fact Catalina Island was created because of these, types of movements in the earth. The ground being forced up by these shifting fault lines over a long period in time is what caused our little paradise to exist. Borrero further explained by saying, "When a large earthquake occurs at a restraining bend, like the bend under Catalina Island, ~he ground is pushed up and, in turn, pughes up the entire region that has created the island and its offshore flanks." If a large earthquake were to occur under the Island, signifi- cant damage could be seen in our town that could be devastating to all who call this home. Major landslides could occur, essentially burying-parts of our town. Ad- ditionally, even though the initial waves of a tsunami would hit the mainland across the channel from us, the potential exists for them to "bounce" back in our direction, Notice City of Avalon DMV Re: Mini Trucks/Porter Style Vehicles City Council of the City of Avalon has authorized the City Attorney to communicate to the Department of Motor Vehicles on behalf of those Avalon residents who have had their license plates removed from the mini-trucks/porters to ascertain the reasons why the plates were removed as well as try to reach a solution with the DMV that will allow such vehicles to remain in Avalon. The DMV has indicated that it will only allow the City Attorney to communicate with it on behalf of Avalon resi- dents if the residents consent to such communication. If you own such a vehicle and had the plates removed and would like the City Attorneys office to communicate with the DMV on your behalf, please contact Dudley Morand at City Hall, (310) 510-0220 by December 23, 2012. Avalon Fire Department Is now developing a hiring list for the position of Reserve Firefighter Applicants must be full-time residents of Avalon, be at least 18 years of age, posses a valid California Drives License and be able to pass a background investigation. Definition: Under the supervision of a command officer, participate in firefighting activities through the use of hoses, ladders and other firefighting equipment. After completing probationary training conduct firefighting operations in environments that could be immediately dangerous to life and health. Assist in providing emergency medical services and other related work as required. How to Apply: Applications may be obtained from the l~inance Department at Avalon City Hall. All applications must be turned in by 5:00 P.M. December 31, 2012. All applications should show education and experience relevant to the position, incomplete applications will be rejected. Selection Procedure: Applicants will be screened and those candidates possessing the most relevant experience will be invited to participate in an oral interview. City of Avalon is an equal opportunity employer. causing the threat of a secondary tsunami hitting Avalon Bay. So what can we do? Be pre- pared. Although we have no con- trol over Mother Nature and the ever-changing landscapes of our planet, we do have the ability to control how prepared we are for such disasters. Having an emer- gency preparedness kit for you and your family will help minimize some of the after effects of a di- saster. Also, having a plan involv- ing evacuation when necessary can potentially save lives and keep families together safely. For more information about being prepared for emergencies and helpful tips to keep you and your family safe, visit www.ready. gov/are-you-ready-guide or www. fema.gov. Southern California Edison Company 2244 Walnut Grove Avenue Rosemead, CA 91770 NOTICE OF PUBLIC PARTICIPATION HEARINGS REGARDING PROPOSED RATE CHANGES BY SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON COMPANY [SCE) Application (A.) 11-83.014, at aL The Califomle Public UtilWes Commission (CPUC) would like to hear from you! Public Participation Hearings (PPH's) on Phase 2 of the CPUC Smart Meter Opt-Out pro~edings are being held at vadous locations throughout Celifomia and will be facilitated by a CPUC Administrative Law Judge. The dates, times and locations of the PPH's are listed below: Date and Time of PPH Location of PPH December 14, 2012 County Administration Building Board Headng Room 3:00 p.m. 105 East Anapamu Skeet. 4th Floor Santa Barbara, CA93101 December 17. 2012 Junipero Serra State Office Building - Carmel Room'-Auditonum 6:00 p.m. 320 West 4th Street. 1st Floor Los Angeles, CA 90013 December 18, 2012 San Clemente Community Center - Die Hanson Fireside Room 6:00 p.m. 100 N. Celle Seville San Clemente, CA 92672 The purpose of the PPH is to accept public comment from electric utility customers regarding the Phase 2 issues of the CPUC Smart Meter Opt-Out proceeding. These Phase 2 issues include: 1) Should morn d~an one opt-out option be oSered to customers who do not wish fo have a wicek~s SmarbMe~ (e.g., a d~al, ~ .me.~.. )? Shcu~ ditfsrent fe~. be asssssed based on the type of opt-cut me~r setec~ by the ~ and, if so, what =s an appmpdats Iovsi for sach ~, 2) Should all costs associated with the opt-out option be paid by only those custo~ners electing the option, or should soma portion of.these costs be allocated to al/ratepayers and/o[ to utility shareholders? 3) .What fees should be assessed on customers who elect the opt-out option and should the fees be assessed on ~ per meter or per location basis? 4) Should there be an "exit fee" imposed on customers who elect the opt-out option and later return to a wireless SmartMeter? 5) Should the opt-out option be extended to local governments and communities? SCE ReprasentafJves wiU be present at ~ site listed above to assist with individual customer concerns.. BACKGROUND On February 1, 2012, the Commission issued Decision (D.) 12-02-014, ,,~'~ich modified PG&E's SmartMeter Program to include an option for those residential customers who did not wish to have a wireless smad meter (as used in this proceeding, a wireless smart meter is a digital electric or gas meter that transmits customer usage data through radio transmission). Similar decisions were issued for SDC-&E in D.12-04-0!9 and for SCE in D.12-04-018 (D,12-02-014, D.12-04-018 and D.12-04-019 are collectively referred to as the "Opt:Out Decisions'). The Opt-Out Decisions adopted interim fees for those customers electing to participate in the opt-out option and directed that a separate phase be initiated to consider cost and cost allocation issues associated with opt-out options. The decisions also directed that the secon0 phase consider whether the opt-out option should be extended to communities, such as local governments and residents of apartment buildings or condominium complexes. On June 8 2012 CPUC Assigned Commissioner, Michael Peevey, issued a Ruling adding this required separate phase - Phase 2 - to the smart meter opt-out proceed ngs. SCE's PROPOSED RATE CHANGE SCE projects that its Opt-Out Program will require approximately $21 million in revenue ($15.010 million in operations & maintenance expenses and $5.979 million in capital expenditures) over the 2012 through 2014 period, and requests CPUC approval to recover 100 percent of this forecasted revenue requirement through opt-out fees. SCE proposes to ecover the incremental costs associated with the Opt-Out Program from those residential cusfomqs exercising the option. The proposal includes an initial fee and monthly charges. These costs includt the labor associated with the removal of the opt-out meter and the installation of the Edison Smert(3naect meter when a customer leaves the Opt-Out Program, These fees will be discounted by 20 pccent for those customers enrolled in the CARE program (the CARE discount will be allocated to all ratepyers, except St~et Lighting customers, on an eqt~al-cents-per.4dlowatt hour basis pursuant to CA Pul~c Utilities Code Section 327(a)(7) and consistent with Commission practice). The following tabh presents SCE's proposed fees for opt-out customers, based on the forecast revenue requiremcts and estimates of opt.out participants: :ustomer Group Initial Fee Monthly Fee ] Non-:ARE $98 I $24 CAR~ [ ~;78 $19 Any actuel changes i rates, or appmvel of eny eddi'donal opt-out fses, will be determiced by the C.orernission. FOR FURTHER INORMATION FROM SCE You may view a coy of SCE's Smart Meter Opt.Out Phase 2 Testimony (titled "SCE Smart Meter Opt.Out Cost Esfimtes & Cost Recovery Proposal') on SCEs website: -- J. - _ =~] " - " , by entering "A.11-03--04" into the Search Key box and cticking "Go;" or by writing to SCE at the Rosemead mailing address belw. You may also review a copy of this Testimony at SCE's corporate headquarters (2244 Walnut GrowAvenue, Rosemead, CA 91770) or at the following SCE business offices: 1 Pebbly Besh Rd.30553 Rimrook Rd. 374 Lagoon St., Avalon, CA 9704 Baratow, CA 92311 Bishop, CA 93514 505 W. 14= he. 3001 Chateau Rd. 510 S. China Lake Blvd.. Btythe, CA 9225 Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546 Ridgecrest, CA 93555 26364 Pine ke. 41694 Dinkey Creek Rd. 421 W. J SL, Rimforest, C, 92378 Shaver Lake, CA 93664 Tahachap), CA 93561 120 Wcodlad Dr 6999 Old Woman Springs Rd. Wofford Heigts, CA g3285 Yucca Valley, CA 92284 For further informaon from SCE regarding this Application. please write to: Southern California Edison Company 2244 Walnut Grove Avenue Rosemead. CA 91770 Attention: Paul Kubesek Smart Meter Opt-Out Regulatory Manager Los usuarios con cceso al Internet podr~n leer y descargar esta not/flcac/6n an espa[~ol en el ~tio Web de SCE ~ o secriba a: Southern California Edison Company P.O. Box 800 2244 Walnut Grove Avenue Rosemead. CA 91770 Atencibn: Comunicaciones Cor~ratNas CPUC PROCESS ff you are unable teifend these bearings, you may submit written comments to the CPUC's Public Advisor's Office ate address noted below. Please refer to the application filing number, 014 et al, when wtng. Please state if you would like a response, otherwise no response will be sent. Your common .will become a pert of the formal file for public comment in this proceeding. The Public Advisor's OP, e will circulate your commants to the five Commissioners, the ALJ, the Division of Ratepayer Advodes (DRA), end to CPUC staff assigned to this proceeding. You may also write to the CPUC if you ned advice on how to participate in this prooeedin9, or would like to receive further notices regarding tb date time and piece of any future hearing in this proceeding: The Public Advisor California Public Utilities Commission 505 Van Ness Avenue, Room 2103 San Francisco, CA94102 E-Mall:- ~" .-.. _ , .-- -- Looal/ons for theseheadngs are wheelchair accessible, If you head interpreters for language or for the hard of headng, please contact the Public Advisor's Office at the following numbers at least five ~5) working days in advance of the meeting date: Telephone: (415) 703-2074 or toll free: 1-866-849-8390 TTY: (415) 703-5282 or toll free TTY: 1-866-836-7825 **PLEASE' NOTE - Some customers may have received a notice with a misprinted tofl free number for fl~e Public Advisor's of~e. The toll free number listed above (1-866-849-8390) is ~ correct number. 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