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Canan Tasci, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/06/2013 06:44:49 PM PDT
Updated: 07/06/2013 08:29:58 PM PDT

CHINO HILLS — The state Public Utilities Commission is expected to vote this week on whether to order high-voltage power lines to be undergrounded through a portion of this city.

Some city officials and members of the grassroots group Hope for the Hills plan to travel to San Francisco to be there in person if the verdict comes down on Thursday.

At the same time, City Hall council chambers will be open Thursday at 14000 City Center Drive to allow residents to watch the live video-streaming of the PUC’s meeting. Doors will open at 9:15 a.m. and the CPUC meeting will convene at 9:30 a.m.

The residents group and the city have been advocating the lines to be built underground, while Southern California Edison officials have said undergrounding would be expensive and makes the system less reliable.

The Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project was approved in 2009 by the PUC, but it has been on hold since 2011 as the final outcome is debated by the commission.

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