Claims mount from outage

first_img The multimillion-dollar modernization project, in which nearly 200 facilities are being upgraded over the course of the decade, is aimed at linking power system sites through a regional network, Martinez said. “This system will give us, over time, better intelligence and let us pinpoint problems,” he said. The design work for the modernization was done by Convergent Group Corp., which has since been acquired by Denver-based Enspiria Solutions Inc. An Enspiria spokesman declined to comment on the outage or the investigation. In the meantime, the DWP has paid 51 of the smaller claims that have been filed so far, at a cost of more than $17,000. Five have been denied, and the rest, which include many of the larger demands, remain under investigation. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has filed the largest claim, at $90,000. “When that power outage occurred apparently, it sent a huge surge to this transformer in our yard and shop area for the Gold Line, and it blew the transformer,” said Rick Jager, an MTA spokesman. The majority of the claims, though, are from individual residents and businesses from Van Nuys to San Pedro. David and Bonnie Nathanson of Encino are among numerous families who filed claims for damaged televisions. “When I turned it on at nine o’clock, it went pop,” Bonnie Nathanson said of the family’s plasma-screen TV. “It was gone for good.” The DWP is still investigating the couple’s $9,600 claim. Other residential claims allege broken computers, stereos, microwaves and DVD players, unruly sprinklers and air conditioners, and meat and dairy products ruined by downed refrigerators. On the business side, a Westside law firm filed a $10,000 claim for the cost of replacing its voice-mail system, while a hotel near LAX asked for $4,752 for burned electrical, elevator, telephone and Internet equipment. Tetsuya Takayama had to shut down his Sherman Oaks restaurant, Kuishimbo, at a peak time when the blackout struck about 12:30 p.m. “We have a big exhaust system and if I cook all the smoke goes out,” he said. “There’s no way we could operate so we had to close until the power came back.” Takayama filed a claim of $300 for lost lunch sales, attaching sales tax payment records as evidence. “It was more than that,” he said. “But I tried to be generous.” Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From busted televisions and spoiled food to a blown transformer at a train yard, the DWP is facing scores of damage claims in connection with a Sept. 12 power outage that affected some 2 million residents. So far, more than 100 claims have been filed totaling more than $230,000 after nearly half of Los Angeles was left in the dark for more than two hours, according to records obtained by the Daily News. The volume of claims from the September blackout reflects the unusual scope of the incident, said Henry Martinez, chief operating officer of DWP’s power system. “We affected roughly more than two-thirds of the city in this one event,” he said. “So obviously the number of customers affected were huge and large, and from there the opportunities for damage claims will increase proportionately.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The number of claims could grow even higher as affected parties have up to six months after an incident to file a claim. Meanwhile, the demands come in addition to about $600,000 in damage the outage caused to the Department of Water and Power’s infrastructure. DWP officials apologized after the incident, saying the outage resulted from a worker accidentally cutting two wires while performing a modernization upgrade at a facility in Toluca Lake. But after two subsequent smaller outages in October, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa instructed the Board of Water and Power Commissioners to arrange for an outside review of the power system. That probe, being conducted by Electric Power Group of Pasadena, is looking at the wider modernization project and whether outside firms involved in designing it may have any culpability for the outage. “The ratepayers, who ultimately will pay these claims, might have a recourse in recovering the costs,” said DWP Commissioner Nick Patsaouras, who requested the review. “As a professional electrical engineer, I was not satisfied by the explanation given by the department.” last_img read more

The stars come out to educate Warriors’ Stephen Curry on moon landings

first_imgIt was as predictable as the moonrise.Stephen Curry’s thoughts about men on the moon, dispensed in a recent podcast, had barely hit the ether when reaction began rolling in.Astronaut Scott Kelly, a veteran of four space flights and who set a record for accumulated number of days spent in space, was one of the first to check in.Steph, so much respect for you, but re the moon landing thing, let’s talk. DM me. https://t.co/BXYxPF4zz1 — Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) December 11, …last_img read more

Salesforce.com and Adobe: Applications Enriching The Platfom

first_imgRelated Posts Developers may create applications that are launched through a browser using Adobe Flash technology or on the desktop using Adobe Air.This is intriguing. We’ve seen a number of consumer application developed using Adobe Air, including Tweetdeck, the rich Twitter application that has grown immensely in popularity. The partnership with Salesforce.com means that developers may create similar applications through the integration of third-party API’s that may provide another means for enterprise customers to create their own social applications.We know there are any variety of ways to create applications for the enterprise but the relationship between Adobe and Saleforce.com demonstrates how easy it is becoming to create rich applications for specific, business purposes.The simplicity is evident in the way developers create applications using Adobe Flash Builder. It’s as simple as drag and drop to add such features as calendars, grids, charts, buttons and all the other elements to make the user interface compelling for the user.On the desktop, the data is synced to the Salesforce.com environment via an API, creating an integrated platform for users.Remember how third-party applications accelerated Facebook’s growth? A similar model is emerging in the SasS world. Applications are making SaaS platfoms rich integrated environments, tailored to the business user. Development is far easier than ever before, making it possible to create tools that can enrich the experience for the user by viewing data in ways that helps them take faster action without the need for an IT administrator or analyst to present it in a way that makes sense.The release preview for Adobe Flash Builder is available at force.com. The product will be fully available in the first half of 2010. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair alex williams Salesforce.com and Adobe have entered a partnership that allows developers to create rich Internet and desktop applications in the cloud. The partnership is just one more example of how an ecosystem is developing between Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) vendors and application developers.In recent weeks Salesforce.com has partnered with a host of companies, including Box.net last week and an integration with Cisco earlier this month.The partnership with Adobe means that users may create enterprise applications on the Force.com platform. Tags:#enterprise#Products#saas 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Serena Williams back in top 10 after giving birth

first_img‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES View comments Williams hasn’t played since her quarterfinal loss to Karolina Pliskova at last month’s Australian Open, but she still overtook Caroline Wozniacki. The Danish player’s points from reaching last year’s Doha semifinals expired this week.Osaka remains at the top of the rankings. Simona Halep is second and Sloane Stephens is third, while Petra Kvitova dropped to fourth.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Woman gives birth at Manila North Cemetery on All Souls’ Day PLAY LIST 01:18Woman gives birth at Manila North Cemetery on All Souls’ Day01:30PNP officials inspect Cubao bus terminals ahead of Undas03:38Magalong slams ‘selective’ PNP ranks cleansing02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte United States’ Serena Williams hits a forehand return to Germany’s Tatjana Maria during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)LONDON — Serena Williams has returned to the top 10 in the tennis rankings for the first time since taking a break to have her first child.Williams dropped as low as 491st upon her return to competition in March 2018 but is up to No. 10 after reaching two Grand Slam finals since, losing to Angelique Kerber at Wimbledon and Naomi Osaka at the U.S. Open.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NU in no celebratory mood yet, braces for Ateneo fightback in Game 2last_img read more