Underground Power for Public Safety

An accident on Saturday evening, January 17, makes a compelling case for undergrounding utility power poles and live wires. A motorist struck and knocked down a power pole on Alameda Padre Serra at Cleveland Elementary School that completely blocked the heavily trafficked thoroughfare all Saturday evening and into Sunday morning. Aside from knocking power out to over 1,000 residents for several hours, the bigger and more compelling issues are the live power lines and the large utility pole that completely blocked APS, including access to Cleveland Elementary School.

What would have happened if live wires and the power pole were in the street in front of Cleveland Elementary on a school day?

What would happen in a large earthquake if several power poles and their live wires were to fall and make access routes all over Santa Barbara impassable?

We can’t wait for a devastating event to take place that risks the lives of Santa Barbara residents. It’s time for action on a large scale toward undergrounding utility poles and lines in Santa Barbara now!

Santa Barbara needs to work with Edison to implement a plan to underground the whole community over time. Santa Barbara imposes a requirement on homeowners doing construction to their homes to pay to underground from their homes to the power pole. Santa Barbara also needs to impose a requirement on Edison to eliminate the poles over time.

Santa Barbara should not ignore this very critical safety issue!

To submit a comment on this article, email or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email

event calendar sponsored by:

School Shooting Threat to Santa Maria Schools Made via Facebook

Further investigation revealed that suspect did not have access to firearms.

Celebration of Life Ceremony Scheduled for Mark “Marky” Meza, Jr.

The 21-year-old former Carpinteria resident was killed in the Borderline shooting.

Jennifer Doudna Talks Gene Editing

She's confident the controversial technology will be used for good.

Phone Scammers Target Businesses

Pretend to have a delivery that just needs some cash or a wire transfer.

Former Ataris Bassist Pleads Guilty to Real Estate Scam

Michael Davenport faces up to 30 years in prison.