Canan Tasci, Staff Writer
Created: 10/03/2011 05:48:40 PM PDT

CHINO HILLS – The city’s fight against Southern California Edison’s construction of 200-foot high-voltage power lines isn’t over.

Council members have voted to file a request with the California Supreme Court to review a Court of Appeal’s decision on the city’s effort to fight the route on which Edison is building 19 power transmission lines through the city.

The city plans to file the case within about three weeks, continuing to argue that Edison’s easements are too narrow for the power corridor.

Last month, the city lost its appeal to a panel of 4th District Court of Appeals judges in Riverside.

The judges said the state Public Utilities Commission has exclusive jurisdiction regarding the route being

Chino Hills town hall meeting tonight

Chino Hills officials will host a Town Hall meeting tonight to provide an update on the Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project.

The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Chino Valley Community Church, 14601 Peyton Drive.

Information: 909-364-2615

used by Edison.

A similar decision was made last year by a San Bernardino County Superior Court judge.

“The towers change the visual impact of the community and they also have a physiological impact to the city,” Mayor Ed Graham said. “We’ve always considered ourselves a rural city, and this would greatly detract from that, not to mention the public safety issues and high electrical dangers of them falling onto homes.”

Council members voted 3-0 on Sept. 27 to take the issue of the route of the Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project to the state Supreme Court.

Council members Gwenn Norton-Perry and Peter Rogers abstained because their homes are near the power lines.

The city’s battle with Edison started four years ago and has cost $2.4 million. The appeal will cost $10,000.

Construction of the towers started in October 2010. Ten towers are already up.

The Tehachapi project – which runs through a five-mile stretch of Chino Hills – is planned to bring wind-generated electricity from Kern County to the Los Angeles Basin, part of a state mandate to use more sustainable energy.

The $2.1 billion project is slated to be completed in 2015.

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