SoCal Edison Electric on Tulare County Residents Radar

Fresno, CA, USA Jennifer Donaldson has spent her life soaking up the beautiful views Lemon Cove has to offer. One side this mountain is lush, green and free of modern day development. On the other side are several large electrical towers. If Southern California Edison Electric Company gets its way a new electrical line could be added to Donaldson's view.

"And I'm sure with all the vehicles that will be up there and trampling ... I know I wouldn't want it on my property," said Donaldson.

The proposed electric line would start here in Lemon Cove and stretch 19 miles to southeast of Visalia. It would consist of 120 to 160 foot tall power lines and towers.

It's known as route one. "Route one is ill conceived and misguided!" said Exeter's Tony Calcagno.

Wednesday night several hundred concerned residents along "route one" met at the Visalia Convention center to tell a California public utilities commission judge why SoCal Edison should pick another area to build on.

One local agricultural protection group fears a power line would destroy crops, and cut jobs. SoCal Edison has other routes on the drawing board, but says route 1 is cheaper and will have less of an impact on the environment. The state public utilities commission must now weigh the concerns of the people and the needs of the power company.


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