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l l I FOR THE CATALINA ISLANDER improvements to the ways in which we serve Veterans: Happy Holidays! 2017 has been First and foremost, let me a year of accomplishments for the express my gratitude to President Department of Veterans Affairs Trump. His leadership and vision and this is a perfect time to reflect have driven and inspired VA to on, acknowledge, and thank all of better care for Veterans and their those who have enabled our many families. Among his many sup- accomplishments for Veteransportive acts and leadership ini- during this past year. We owe so tiatives, he has signed 9 bills much to our Nation's leaders and to improve our ability to serve others in and outside of govern- Veterans, as well as one Executive Order and three Presidential ment for supporting and enabling Proclamations; he has personally TREE DROP OFF DECEMBER 26, 2017-JANUARY 15, 2018 IA3CATION: Old Horse Stables ! Trees will be 100% recycled as mulch or comnost Residents may pick up FREE compost st the IAmdfill Monday-Friday from $.-00 am to I 1:00 am or 1:00 pm to 4.00 pm DIISPOSICION DE . .RBOLES DE NAVIDAD ~~RE 26, 2017 A ENERO 15, 2015 UB[CAC[I N: En V'u jos ~0~ ARBOLES SERAN - 100% RECICLADO! SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON" An EDISON INTERNATIONAL Comply Stage I Mandatory Water Conservation and Rationing Update - October 2017 California's severe drought resulted in a reduced water supply in Catalina's Middle Ranch Reservoir. Fortunately, winter storms have provided some welcome relief. Based on water levels in the reservoir, Southem Ca]ifomia Edison (SCE) received authodzation from the California Public Utilities Commission to deactivate Stage 3 Mandatory Water Conservation and Rationing, which is triggered when the reservoir falls below 200 acre feet, and return to Stage 1 Mandatory Conservation. Stage 1 was activated on March 7, 2017. Customers are no longer subject to daily allotments, but Stage 1 does have restdctions on the use of water fit for dnnking Island residents, who already had some of the best water use practises in the state have been effective in reducing our water use. Please continue to use water wisely during Stage I Mandatory Conservation. i 110,O00 50.0O i 9G, OO0 40.O0 Water Supply Status and Stage 1 Results As of October 16, 2017 the Middle Ranch Reservoir water level was 729 acre feet. In October, 2017, watar'use declined 24 percent even with a 33 percent increase in visitors to the island: 26 acre feet of water was used compared to 35 acre feet in October, 2013. In October, 2017 water use increased 84 percent with a 3 percent increase in visitors to the island; 26 acre feet of water was used compared to 14 acre feet in October, 2016. Between March, 2017 and October, 2017, water use declined 27 percent even with a 34 percent increase in visitors to the island; 186 acre feet of water was used competed to 281 acre feet in March, 2013- October, 2013 (baseline). For More Information Commercial and residential customers can call 1-800-367-8851. For dedicated Catalina Island customer support call Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To report potential water use violations, call 1*800-367-8851. Visit SCE's web page fer Catalina Island customers at For water conservation tips, visit Save Our Water's webs~ at CNS-3074758# participated in and led six events honoring Veterans, and he has kepttheir interests foremost in the minds of all Americans by men- tioning their service and sacri- fices in 25 of his public speeches. He was the driving force behind the White House Hotline for Veterans, which opened for 24-7 service in October and has served more than 16,000 callers. Vice President Pence has also been critical to every initiative involving Veterans. He personally led our Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington and demonstrated his concern for Veterans by support- ing and attending Honor Flight ceremonies and events such as the Wounded Warrior bicycle ride. Thanks to all the Members of Congress for making 2017 a legislative success for Veterans. With the unwavering support and leadership of our VA com- mittees, Congress supported and passed groundbreaking legislation on VA Accountability, Appeals Reform, the Forever G] Bill, Veterans Choice Improvements, and Personnel Improvements and Extension of Choice funding. Thanks also to my fellow Cabinet Secretaries and leaders of administrations for their depart- ments' and agencies' support: Department of Defense: We are partnering on a new Electronic R~ 1-800-843-8343 1 ~--~o.] 1-800-628-3061 n Ti~ng Vi.~t 1-800-327-3031 I Khmer / ~h.n~'d~ 1-800-843-1309 Para recibir una copia de esta notiflcaci6n en espafiol, escriba a: Southem California Edison Company, P.O. Box 800, 2244 Walnut Grove Avenue, Rosemead, CA 91770, Atenci6n: Comunicaciones Corporativas. Pars m&s detalles en Espafiol, Ilame al 1-800-441-2233 todos los dias 8:00-20:00. NOTICE OF SOUTHERN CAUFORNIA EDISON COMPANY'S 2018 RESIDENTIAL RATE DESIGN WINDOW APPLICATION, A. 17-12-012 / On December 21, 2017, Southem California Edison Company (SCE) flied its 2018 Residential Rate Design Window (Residential RDW) application with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). This application complies with CPUC's requirement that all three major gas and electric utilities in Califomia (PG&E, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric) pmposa a plan for transitioning to Time-of-Usa rate plans. Additionally, this application will include new seasonal tiered rates. In 2015, the CPUC launched its residential rate reform efforts to address concerns about customer bill impacts and volatility caused by the five-tiered rate structure that was put into place after the California Energy Crisis. This 2018 RDW proceeding is the next step in the CPUC's process of residential eiectnc rate reform for all of California's major utilities. The State of California is taking steps to create a cleaner and more reliable energy gdd by encouraging energy usage when demand is lower and renewable energy is more plentiful. Based on lessons learned from other customer classes (such as commercial and agncultura!) being on Time-of-Usa rate plans, the CPUC has determined that more residential customers should be moved to Time-of-Usa rate plans. Time-of-Use rate plans can help bring down the overall cost of electncity, make better use of clean renewable energy such as solar, and support the needs of the electdc grid. Customers will always have a choice of rate plans, meaning Time-of-Use is not mandato;'y} The first year will be risk- free, with bill protection, and an individualized rate companson for all customers.Z This application includes the following: Plan to transition many residential customers to a Time-of-Use rate plan, meaning the cost of electricity depends on the time of day it is used. Proposed seasonal tiered rates that are more closely aligned with cost of service and will vary by summer and winter seasons, but not by time of day. An increased fixed monthly charge to reduce bill volatility and better align customer bills with cost of service. Implementing a fixed charge will decrease the price per kilowatt hour and he~ps reduce the impact of customer bill volatility. Simplified California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) low-income subsidy, including a percentage discount from the total bill amount. (Note: this change won't reduce the discount amount, it will just become easier to understand.) The transition to Time-of-Use rate plans is being-piloted statewide to gain important lessons before full transition. SCE's application proposes to start this transition on October 2020, after all pilots are complete and lessons learned from pilot programs have been reflected in implementation plans. There is no direct request to increase rates in this application. However, the proposed implementation plan will eventually impact rates as rate design changes are implemented. Specific impacts to rates have not been determined at this time. Requests to increase rates will be made in future rate increase applications and information about rate impacts will be provided at that time. This application is intended to give customers more control over their bill amounts. The majority of customers will either see a reduction in their total bill amount or see a small annual increase, depending on how much energy they are able to shift to off-peak hours when pdcas are lower. For Further Information About SCE's Aonlication You may review a copy of SCE's application and related exhibits at SCE's corporate headquarters (2244 Walnut Grove Avenue, Rosemead, CA 91770). You may also call SCE's customer service line at 1-800-655-4555. Customers with Intemet access may view and download SCE's application and related exhibits on SCE's website at htto://, or by visiting " ",typing "A.1T- 12-012" into the Search box, and clicking "Go." If you have technical issues accessing the documents through the website, please e-mail for assistance (be sure to reference proceeding A. 17-12-012 in your e-mail). To request CD ROM copy of SCE's application and related exhibits, or to obtain more information about this application from SCE, please write to: Southern California Edison Company A. 17-12-012 - SCE's 2018 Residential Rate Design V~ndow Application P.O. Box 800 Rosamead, CA 91770 Attention: Andre Ramirez In addition, a copy of this application may be reviewed at the CPUC's Central Files Office, located in San Francisco, CA, by appointment. For more information, please contact the CPUC at or (415) 703-2045. CPUC Process This application will be assigned to one or more ~dm~iet~?l~w Judges (Judges) who will determine how to receive evidence and other related docUh~ents necessary for the CPUC to establish a record upon which to base,its decision. E~entiarY~HPadngs (EHs) may be held whe?e parties of record will present their testimony and may be-$tdS~/~o oross-e~emination by other parties. These EHs are open to the public, but only th0se'whoare ~s~ can participate. After cons der ng a proposa s and ev dence presented dudflg~'the~-J~orma hear ng process, the Judges will issue a proposed decision which may adopt SCE's application as proposed, 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. The Office of Ratepayer Advocates (ORA) may review this application on behalf of SCE's ratepayers. 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 engineehng For more information about ORA, please call (415) 703-1584, e-mail or visit ORA's website at 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:l/ If you would like to learn how you can participate in this proceeding, provide public comments, or if you have questions about any CPUC processes, you may access the CPUC's Public Advisor's Office (PAD) webpage at You may also contact the PAD as follows: Phone: 1-866-849-8390 (ton-free) or 1-415-703-2074 "l-I'Y: 1-866-836-7825 (toll-free) or 1-415-703-5282 Or write to: CPUC Public Advisor's Office 505 Van Ness Avenue San Francisco, CA 94102 Email: Please reference SCE's Residential RDW application number A.17-12-012 in any communications 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 Judges, the Commissioners, and appropdate CPUC staff. ' Cal. Pub. Util. Code Section 745 (b) = Cal. Pub. Util. Code Section 745 (c)(4) CNS-3084070# Medical Record and shared purchasing to better serve both Veterans and Service Members and best use taxpayer resources. Housing and Urban Development: Together, VA and HUD helped house over 61,000 homeless Veterans last year alone. Department of Energy: With DoE assistance, we've launched an important Veterans Brain Health Initiative and Big Data Super Computing to expand dramati- cally our research into Veterans' health. Department of Labor: Working together, the unemployment rate for Veterans has dropped to 2.6%, the lowest in 17 years. Department of Education: With DoE's sup- port, VA helped enable more than 1 million Veterans to use the GI Bill in 2017. Health and Human Services: Our collaborations have led 620,000 Veterans to participate in precision medicine initiatives, achieve a reduction of 36% in the use of opioids, and produce over 10,000 research papers that will help us better serve Veterans and all Americans. Department of State: Thanks to DoS for coordinating the visits of dignitaries from 16 countries to the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Department of Justice has assisted with revising and coordi- nating new Telehealth regulations and regulations for prescriptions to improve Veterans' access to care and medications. The Department of Interior helped provide employment oppor- tunities for Veterans through the Park Ranger Internship Program. The Small Business Administration almost doubled the goal of 10 percent of federal contracts with Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business by achieving 19 percent. And thanks to our partners in the private sector for helping pro- vide Veterans' care. In 2017, VA authorized 6.1 million community care appointments, a 42 percent increase over 2016. 12 i Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 lrN| OATAUNA ISI.~NIN~II