U.S. Rep. Gary Miller

Canan Tasci, Staff Writer
Created: 12/01/2011 06:21:06 PM PST

Rep. Gary Miller on Thursday shared the concerns of Chino Hills residents with federal housing officials over the installation of 200-foot electrical towers in the city.

For the first time, Miller, R-Brea, met with Housing and Urban Development as well as Federal Housing Administration officials in Washington, D.C.

Decreasing home values and similar property-related losses are some of several issues residents have expressed with the installation of the towers in their neighborhoods. For example, resident Joanne Genis said her home has taken a 17 percent hit since the towers have gone up.

The transmission poles and towers are being installed within Southern California Edison’s right-of-way from Chino Hills’ western border near Tonner Canyon, through the city and eventually into Riverside County.

“With the housing market continuing to struggle to recover from the drastic drop in home prices following the mortgage crisis, residents are rightfully concerned about any further decline in the value of their homes as a result of the construction of the power lines,” Miller said.

The towers are part of the $2.1 billion Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project, which is part of a state mandate to generate more sustainable energy. The Tehachapi project is slated to be completed in 2015.

Miller said he met with the housing officials to help Chino Hills residents make their case against the installation of the towers by Southern California Edison.

“I’m extremely happy that Congressman Miller, along with (Rep. Ed) Royce, both now have an active interest in what’s happening in our community, and by looking at the FHA loans, I think that can have a tremendous financial detriment to our residents,” Chino Hills Councilman Ed Graham said.

In November, Royce, R-Orange, called for a Congressional hearing on the impact on neighborhood home values and the ability of homeowners and buyers to obtain loans in the project area.

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