Petition to put power lines underground on Big Sur coast

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 Underground Big Sur

Citizens Initiative to have power wires placed underground

This petition is to communicate to the Multi-Agency Council that Big Sur residents want to have all PG&E, electric, and AT&T and Pac Bell, phone and internet, power lines placed underground. Existing power lines span both sides of our historic and scenic Highway 1, often crossing highway 1 in a webbing pattern, creating a visual blight to the beautiful views of this unique wilderness and American Road Destination.

Big Sur is a natural Wilderness Retreat enjoyed by visitors from all over the world, and by residents. Big Sur residents and businesses believe existing power lines stand out against this remarkable natural scenery and pose a hazard to Condors.

The recommendation of using larger black coated wiring and spreading these power lines 3 feet apart and 3 lines across, present new challenges in air space for flying condors and to Big Sur's natural resource; wilderness appearance and scenic rights.

There are sources of funding for underground wiring available to unincorporated parts of Monterey County: PG&E Rule 20, the Bird Hazard Program and County funding to mitigate the real threat of fire hazard due to heavier, sagging power lines.

The residents and vistors of Big Sur want to establsh our poston that all power wirng be placed nderground in Blg Sur. We expect this work to be accomplshed within reasonable stages, and that all future wirng be mandated to be placed undergrond. Segments of Big Sur most sensltve to wlldlfe preservatlon should receve prorty.

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Yes, I support under grounding power wires in Big Sur, and include any comment in the email you want.Representative Sam Farr will present this Big Sur Petition to The Multi-Agency Council, suggesting that underground power lines be implemented in Big Sur.

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Yes Votes and Comments

My comments re undergrounding: I hate the look of telelphone poles and their wires breaking up the natural beauty of Big Sur. I have always felt this way...a bumper sticker could read," utility poles: make them go underground!
Nancie van sciver Evoniuk

I support under grounding power wires. It's unconscionable that PG&E should be allowed to continue with the present situation when the Condors lives are at stake. I drove into Monterey from Big Sur every day for twenty years and cannot count the times I had wished there were no power lines visible.
Jeanne Farrington

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur
Jack Smythe

We MUST maintain the natural beauty of Big Sur and nature all over the world
Anthony Caliri

I visit Big Sur regularly, and would like to see the unsightly power lines go underground, especially if they are harming wildlife.
Paul Jimerson

I totally support underground power lines in Big Sur. Eco-friendly, increases reliability of electrical service and reduces an unnecessary risk for fires. This is an idea whose time has come.
Hal Lester

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur

My comments re undergrounding: Beauty vs unsightly? Yes!
Protect endangered birds and precious land? Yes Yes!!

Use Navy conduit to save money and time? Yes yes yes!!!
Dede Whiteside

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur

My comments re undergrounding: Yes, Yes and Yes.
Joceleyne Muson

These power lines are ruining the natural beauty of Big Sur!
Rob Jardine

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur
kat thomas

My comments re undergrounding: Overhead power, phone and data lines cause major harm to wildlife and water quality because of continuous tree cutting, vegetation removal and stream bank erosion and due to bird strikes and use of herbicides and wood preservatives. It is absurd not to improve these antique public systems by putting them in safe underground conduits.
Kevin Collins

My comments re undergrounding: This project has the potential to take heaven and make it even more of a paradise-excellent idea!
Christina Farnsworth

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur
Trish Rodolff

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur

My comments re undergrounding: Fully in favor. Let's get this done.
Merriman Mathewson

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur

The investment will be worth it in the long run. A solution that protects natural environment that doesn't require new technologies.
Robert Carter

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur

Stop future power line installations immediately. The Condors and the View Shed need our protection by burying the power lines. The residents of Big Sur have been severely effected by fire, some of which were caused by downed power lines. Underground power lines would eliminate this issue, and the cost to the State in fighting these fires.
Ronna Rio Emmons

Put them underground
Alan Perlmutter

I totally support underground wiring in Big Sur...Of course, I know that It is not feasible everywhere, and I know many many people have been so excited that the Condors have made such a comeback. Underground wiring is WIN WIN for everyone
Rachel Fann

My comments re undergrounding: I am fully in support of underground wiring....I know that the residents of Big Sur are very proud of the fact that the Condor program is such a success, and that many people here have invested in the project, and at the same time, we need to preserve the rare wild beauty of Big Sur......with underground wiring, it is WIN WIN....
Anon

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur
NINA BUKVIC

My comments re undergrounding: We have no choice but to protect the beauty of this area for the generations ahead. Bury the lines!
DC

My comments re undergrounding: I am very happy with all your efforts and your dedication. god bless you.

the power lines must go underground, i can also hope same for scenic drive in carmel and then i can see the beauty of nature and god s painting without any obstructed views.

THANKS,
c. kishore

My comments re undergrounding: Please pass this and keep HEAVEN ON EARTH LIKE IT SHOULD BE HEAVEN
Vicki l Davis

I support underground power lines in Big Sur
KiKi Cannon

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur
Karen Madsen

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur
Vicki Topp

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur

My comments re undergrounding: the cost and inconvenience to go underground may pale in comparison to that of a major fire caused by a downed overground power line.
derric oliver

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur
Marie Butcher

Absolutely, 1000% for putting the power and telephone lines underground. Keep beautiful Big Sur pristine and protect those Condors!!!
Leslie Nixon

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur
kat thomas

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur
sarah smith

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur
Lisa Goettel

My comments re undergrounding: Isn't it obvious why this is a good idea?I wholeheartedly support burying the wires-- and while we are at it, let's lay a T1 line in the trenches too! Thanks to the organizers and supporters of this effort, and Sam Farr, for presenting the petition.
Allan Badiner

Preserve the beauty of Big Sur. Put the power wires underground. Why disrupt the view of the beautiful coastline with power lines? Big Sur will not be the same cluttered up with telephone poles and power lines. They do not belong there! Especially as they are a hazard to the condors and the wildlife. Please don't ruin the beauty and majesty of Big Sur.
Sheila Brown

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur
Paige Dickman

Yes, let's do it and get on w/ it.
Howard Jones

My grandfather came to Big Sur in 1964 and I've been coming ever since and have lived here the past 30 years. By all means, let's get the power lines and phone lines put underground. Besides the unsightliness, they are a fire hazard when up in the air.
Carissa Chappellet

My comments re undergrounding: Please invest the extra time and money to maintain the beauty of this amazing place not to mention the safety concerns.
Craig Forman

My comments re undergrounding: Going underground is always the best practice.
Lori Abram

Yes, I support underground power lines in Big Sur, for the restoration and preservation of its natural, life-enhancing beauty and wildlife. We need that.
Suzanne Campodonico

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur
Charlene Mitchell

My comments re undergrounding: Our grandchildren will thank us for it.
Tohner Jackson

My comments re undergrounding: It would be a huge mistake to ruin the pristine beauty of Big Sur with above-ground power lines. Without the pristine scenery and ocean views, there will be a lot of lost tourism dollars and a magical place will become like any other town.
Ashley Kurzweil

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur
Deborah Starrett

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur
Lucas Reiner

My comments re undergrounding: This is long overdo. We discovered years ago that the navy base has a conduit for utilities running all the way to town, can it be used to streamline the process?
Lygia Chappellet

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur
Andrew Goodrich

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur
Keep Big Sur pristine and beautiful!
Ariane Schmidt

I fully support under grounding power wires in Big Sur for condor protection and for aesthetic reasons. The stunning beauty of Big Sur is what inspired me to devote myself to a career in Environmental Sustainability when I first came here 7 years ago. You cannot underestimate the importance of beautiful places along our shore and particularly the power of Big Sur's positive impact on those who are graced by the awe-inspiring views. We must do what we can to protect that.
Jenni Grant

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big SurIn a real way, we are a blight on a natural setting, not an embellishment. Thanks to you who support the natural and not the artifice.
Maj-Britt Eagle

I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur. The fire on September 6th next to Henry Miller Library was on my property. PG&E refuses to take any responsibility even though it is their power lines. We must help them to clean up their act for the safety of all of us.
Tim Gill

Yes.
kevin alexander

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur
Eby Wold

Great idea. Would help preserve the magical and spiritual nature of the special place
Peter w Mullin

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur
The time is now!!
Sylvia Seymour

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur
It's about time.
Benjamin Short

Absolutely great idea. I wish powerlines would be underground everywhere.
Maaike van Bemmel

Thick black wires stretched across this landscape are scars upon our eyes. I have always hoped that most power lines would someday be laid to rest underground. If we can get this done in Big Sur, and millions of visitors see a great improvement, it could begin a movement to re-beautify many other scenic wonders.
Rick Lesser

Underground is best for utility lines in this sacred place.
Abe Perlstein

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur
Along with undergrounding power lines I hope that a plan will be in place to include a fiber optic network (all the way to Treebones).
Ian Q. Rowan

I support underground power lines because it is an investment in the wildlife, the scenic beauty, and the residents of this beautiful coastline. It's about time!
Zeka Kuspa

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur
Donna Clare Lawson

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur
Amber Coverdale Sumrall

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur
Preserve Big Sur's wilderness!
Lisa Rosas

For years every time I've taken a picture with those unsightly lines in it I would wish somehow that they would get buried. My wish has finally come true!
Sue Malinowski

My comments re undergrounding: It is imperative that we put power lines undergroudn. We must respect the beauty and the eoology of our Big Sur Coastline.
Merle Mullin

Richard Cody

I have been traveling Hghway One since I was a kid in the Fifties and it woud be wonderful to have the power wires go undergrond.. This is a world treasure that should be preserved as much of its natral state as possible.
Charlotte Wllams

I sent in my comments, however I did not mention that I am a resident of Portland, OR. I was recently a guest to your area and was impressed by the sense of care you all displayed for your environment. As I speak of you to my friends, I hear my words resonate with deep respect for your land and community.

Please do the responsible act that will preserve the beauty and promote the sense of community that represents Big Sur.
Maxine Schwartz

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur
Jennifer John

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur
Max Martinez

Lois DeFord Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur My comments re undergrounding: I'm not sure how effective signing online petitions is, but this is my whole-hearted endorsement!
Lois DeFord

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur

My comments re undergrounding: Yes! Yes! Yes!
John DiMaggio

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur

My comments re undergrounding: Long overdue.
Kimberly Carr

Big Sur is a unique place for its beauty as well as its commitment to stewardship. People care about the COMMUNITY of Big Sur. Big Sur is the example of looking after each other and taking care of NATURE. This is an opportunity to show the world how to do things for the best interest of NATURE, who is our most precious nurturer.

Thank you for listening.
Maxine Schwartz

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur
jeannie alexander

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur
Jean Weiss

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur
Lori Kondro

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur

My comments re undergrounding: If you live anywhere in Monterey County you should support putting the power lines underground..This beautiful place belongs to all of us, and the generations of the future.
Gregory Hawthorne

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur

Highway 1 has a "Scenic Highway" designation and Big Sur is the "jewel" in this concrete and asphalt "crown" and is the most deserving of liberation from the visual blight of wires and poles.
Patricia Matejcek

My comments re undergrounding: Please start work ASAP.
Thanks!
Robert McIntyre

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur
Jared Mednick

My comments re undergrounding: Yes ... I support underground power.
Jason Johnson

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur
Daniel Edelman

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur
Underground utilities would go a long way toward preserving the aesthetic of one of the country's most unique and beautiful areas!! Truly a privilege to live in Big Sur!
Don Westbury

My comments re undergrounding: For security and beauty, put Them in a trench.
Tom Harrington

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur
Andrew todd

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur
Matthew Arias

Big Sur is a blessing and gift to California, and to the entire world It needs to be preserved and protected by all means possible. Underground utilities make perfect sense, as others have said before me. This is not an option, but a necessity, in my, and everyone else's mind.
Olivia Wilder

Yes, I support underground wiring in Big Sur. A project that is long over-due.
Denise Gant

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur

It is essential to have the lines under ground - obviously it will be cheaper in the long run - cause no power outages to us residents - be no harm to anyone or anything !!- I lived on a tiny Danish Island for 25 years - they already had underground everything by 1980 - no problems with animals - humans - cars or storms !
Ken Robins

Such a great idea. Particularly given the harm to wildlife and the all-too-frequent wildfires that start as a result of downed lines.

Sara Clark
Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur

Yes
Margaret Williams

Yes.
francesca mellinger

Please bury the wires, for the sake of beauty and the safety of all living things in Big Sur.

I support burying power lines in Big Sur...fewer power outages along with lifesaving for condors and better views for humans...all goodness!
Susan Perry

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur

Putting power and data lines underground in Big Sur is a great idea. But who is going to pay for it?
Eric Mathewson

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur
Gina Corrales

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur
Matthew Khalar

My comments re undergrounding: It shall be accomplished!

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur

My comments re undergrounding: Nobody wants to see those poles & wires gone underground more than me; wish we'd jumped on this 3-4 years ago so I could be there now to write this. Undergrounding will also help eliminate a lot of the fire danger lurking in those wires - I know THAT 1st hand. I miss the Longhouse (which would still be here but for those wires & poles),my home for 25 years.

It's great to see how well-organized our community support is on this issue. I'm holding good thoughts & wish I was there.
Susy Barnett

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur
Sylvia Seymour

We have wanted this for a long time. We have power lines on our property. They are ugly and have caused fires several times over the years. They are dangerous to us all.
Mary Ann & Alan Jardine

I think having power lines underground in Big Sur is an obvious choice. The aesthetic and safety of such a move make total sense. Please help make this happen
Gabriel Georis

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur
My comments re undergrounding: It's a no brainer.
Jay Abbott

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur
My comments re undergrounding: A.S.A.P.
Paul Junger Witt

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur
Barbara Ray

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur
Jaci Pappas

I fully support putting power (and telephone lines) underground in Big Sur.
Michele Muennig

Let's have a place in the world where we preserve the natural beauty!
Dannie Welkom

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur
Roger J Bagshaw, M.D

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur

Underground power lines benefit everyone, and will save power companies money in the long term, when you factor in the cost of downed power lines, storm damage and fires
Anne Bagshaw

My comments re undergrounding: Having the power lines underground makes perfect sense for Big Sur in so many ways---especially esthetically and in terms of preventing power outages. The Big Sur coast is an international scenic treasure and a refuge for many wild animals. All this needs to be protected.
.Sheila Sheppard

As the owner of a home in Big Sur and a current Los Altos City Councilwoman, I support the undergrounding of utilities in Big Sur, for the following reasons: (1) to prevent wildfires started by utility equipment such as the recent fire behind Deetjen's; (2) to reduce deaths of endangered California condors; and (3) to restore the natural beauty of this wilderness area. The City of Los Altos used Rule 20A funds from PG&E to underground utilities on First Street; perhaps these type of funds can also be used by Monterey County to pay for this project. Thank you for considering these comments, and for your service to the Big Sur community.
Valorie Carpenter, Coastlands Big Sur

A wonderful and long overdue idea.
Eliane and Armand Neukermans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur
Nadine Clark

My comments re undergrounding: Yes, I support undergrounding power and telephone lines in Big Sur and including fiber optic lines if possible.
Patricia Kronlund, Coastlands Big Sur

My comments re undergrounding: all for it.
Gaye Russell-Bruce

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur
Melissa McGrain

Bury 'em for all of the great reasons mentioned by everyone else!
Brian Lyke

We support putting the power & telecommunications lines down highway #1 and up Palo Colorado & Garrapatos Roads for scenic improvement, reduction of power outages, reduction of fire risk

 

LET'S DO IT!
Richard Taylor Suzanne Paris

We are long overdue for putting power and telephone lines underground.
Erlinda Montano Hiscock

Nowadays, property owners who want power now are required to install underground feeds, very expensive. However, PGE continues to install above ground equipment. On Stone Ridge, in very close proximity to the recent fire, PGE last year erected three huge poles with large surge protectors, supposedly to amp up and regulate the surges on the power lines further south. The equipment hums and makes intermittent loud crackling sounds.
Joyce Duffy

We are behind the curve internationally -rather than ahead - on this matter. Underground utilities ultimately are less expensive to repair and allow us to enjoy our viewsheds.
Paula Yoon

I live in Dunlap, Ca in the Sierra Nevada foothills and visit the Big Sur area yearly. The Big Sur area is a spectacular place, unlike any other. Getting rid of the power lines will contribute to it's beauty. Today individual photovoltaic systems are more affordable and eliminate some of those wires, as well as free their owners from the power companies. This would be a good alternative as well. As for the phone lines, a couple of well placed and inconspicuous cell towers might ultimately cost less than moving all of the lines underground. One way or the other, it's time for the overhead lines to go away. You have my support.
Brad Bryce

 

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur
Ellen Stone

We feel that it is absolutely necessary to put the power lines underground for aesthetic reasons as well as wildlife protection. It also in the power companies self interest as it would significantly reduce service calls for down lines and also reduce the possibilities of fire from down lines.
Dennis & Elaine Maloney

My comments re undergrounding: Having lived in Big Sur for twenty years, I appreciated the fact that we had telephone and power for many varied reasons - convenience, safety, the ability for businesses to continue to keep their doors open, etc. However, the increased power needed, and T1 lines, etc, has increased the visibility of the lines needed to carry these additional loads.It also seems to me that the power companies and telephone companies are benefiting from these additional needs. Let's keep this magical coast as clear as possible from visual blight.
Toby Rowland-Jones

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur
Jon Gold

Fully in favor.
Michael Riese

Great email. Glad you mentioned "New Camaldoli " http://www.contemplation.com/

We've made private retreats there for nigh on to thirty-some years. A splendid place.
Best, Betty and Peter Michelozzi

I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur My comments re undergrounding: As both a Monterey County native and the IT manager at Esalen Institute, I fully support the initiative to underground all utility power and telephony/data cabling throughout the Big Sur region. Substantive improvements in the quality of the view shed and maintenance of healthy habitat for wildlife (specificically the California Condors) are a critical imperative here.

In addition, our region is radically underserved for data communications. Our sole local exchange carrier (AT&T) is constrained by PUC, Coastal Commission and CalTrans and is unable to deliver enabling technologies for emergency services, schools, residents and businesses on the Big Sur coast due to their inability to deliver high speed fiberoptic connectivity down the coastline. We are effectively crippled by the 40-50 year old analog copper technology and have essentially no recourse in pursuit of enabling high-speed data transport.

Undergrounding of cabling would provide AT&T (and competitors)
the opportunity to direct bury fiberoptic/high speed cabling to better serve the technology needs of our community.
Dan Eyde
IT Manager Esalen Institute

Finally! This is something I think about almost every time I travel down to Big Sur. If there is ever a cost-effective place to underground utilities, this is it, especially considering the quality of the view and the number of people who are drawn here purely for the natural beauty. We would never allow those power lines today and its time to get rid of them.
Frank Hennessy

I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur My comments re undergrounding: Yes please. Lets upgrade the esthetics of this beautiful area by putting both power and telephone lines underground. They are unsightly and create additional fire hazards. And while at it, how about including fiber optic lines in the ground so residents don't have to rely on satellite only internet service.
Carolyn Shearer

Thank you!
Mchael Riese

 

PG&E is poised to string big black tree wires across Partington Canyon, decreasing the possibility that condors might collide with the current wiring.

Why degrade the appearance of that beautiful redwood canyon to possibly provide increased safety for another iconic species?

Big Sur offers a unique visual experience for 4 million tourists annually. Respect what that represents, don't add even more of those ugly wires to our landscape - put them underground!!!
MaryAnn Vasconcellos

I support underground wiring in Big Sur!
Constance Hillis

I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur My comments re undergrounding: Fully in favor.
Joshua S. Odell

Strongly support.Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur My comments re undergrounding: I feel it Should be done soon Underground is truly better, both visually and practically speaking. Maintenance is much reduced and reliability increased. It makes a mess while one is doing it, but it is a dream for sure &endash; just horribly expensive...
Martha

 

I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur My comments re undergrounding: I am so glad you are helping for underground power lines. I wish Carmel does something to make powerlines on scenic drive underground.

Thanks,
kish,

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur My comments re undergrounding: I feel that underground wiring is a much needed and overdue improvement for Big Sur.
Helen Shlien Jean Widaman

I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur
Mike Dusharme

My comments re undergrounding: Underground!
chaparala kishore

Marlene Machado

 Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur
Mike Ross

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur
Josh Mode

 I am in support of underground lines throughout the entire Big Sur area.
Chaparala Kishore

My comments re undergrounding: I wish they do the samething at Carmel beach and replace the ugly power lines underground on scenic drive.
Jeanne Carbon

 

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur My comments re undergrounding: I knew this area as a former Calif . resident 1961-1972 I support preserving this area. It's a special place in our world.
Mike in Canada

Toni A. Wolfson

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur
Alan Peters

I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur My comments re undergrounding: Improve an internationally recognized scenic highway.
Betty Winholtz

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur
Roxanne Rothafel

I support the undergrounding of power and phone in all of the Big Sur Plan Area. North of Palo they exist on both sides of the highway. A lot of the full distance, though, is on private property.

I absolutely support the proposal of putting the power lines underground. This is not only wildlife friendly but also would reduce downed lines during windstorms as well as adding to the natural scenic beauty of the area. This is a win-win proposition!
Peter Fogliano
Coastlands Big Sur, CA

Yes I support this happening. I have lived in Big Sur for over 30 years. We are three miles up a road off highway 1 near the River Inn. This is too beautiful a place to have lines straggling through the air. Sydney Ocean

I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur My comments re undergrounding: Former Big Sur resident now living in Santa Cruz. Visual cables and wires are an eyesore onone of the most beautiful stretches of coastal highway. Buried utility lines are more stable and less maintenance intensive asaerial lines. I support under grounding for Big Sur Coast.
Nancy Steinbeck

I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur My comments re undergrounding: Yes please. Lets upgrade the esthetics of this beautiful area by putting both power and telephone lines underground. They are unsightly and create additional fire hazards. And while at it, how about including fiber optic lines in the ground so residents don't have to rely on satellite only internet service.

Thank you!
Carolyn Shearer

All are a risk to birds and many, being west of #1 disrupt the viewshed. I asked for the change of these many years ago with no result.
Bill Nye

I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur My comments re undergrounding: Yes, I support running utilities and telecommunication lines underground from Palo Colorado to Big Sur and the South Coast.
Jean Widaman, Carmel

I support underground lines throughout the Big Sur area to keep it pristine and to protect the condors and other wildlife.
Karen Benzel

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur My comments re undergrounding: No doubt about it, power lines are ugly and dangerous to wildlife, especially the endangered California Condor. Why compromise the beauty of Big Sur and endanger wildlife in this precious place when there is an alternative that the residents support?
Luana Conley

Power lines are a blight on our landscape. I urge that they be placed underground.
Cathy Bayer

I totally support underground power lines in Big Sur and along the entire CA coast (and rural roads)!
Walter L. Wagner

I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur My comments re undergrounding: This is a win-win. It creates jobs to do the undergrounding, and beautifies the area.

Beautifying the area sustains tourism that creates jobs. This can be the start of a national movement!

I applaud the effort of putting the power lines underground along the Big Sur coastline.
Magnus Toren Partington Ridge

Undergrounding both power and communication lines is the responsible solution for scenic Big Sur. Let's get it done!
Dave Smiley, Partington Ridge, Big Sur

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur My comments re undergrounding: I also support burying all power and telephone lines. And echo others' call for that to includePalo Colorado Canyon and environs.
Dan R.

I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur My comments re undergrounding: As a former resident of Big Sur who still has family there, and as a lover of the beauty there,

I wholeheartedly support this petition.
Jan Tache

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur My comments re undergrounding: All of the comments advocating the underground power lines are clearly to the point and we enthusiastically support this sensible initiative for our precious community.
Victor and Laura Pavloff

My comments re undergrounding: YES, I support underground wiring in Big Sur. Please help protect the endangered condors and other wildlife affected as well as upgraded service for residents. Thank you, in advance, for acting responsibly. Jean

Yes, I support the concept of burying all utility lines underground along the Big Sur Coast. I would include power and telecommunications and extend the service area to include the South Coast. Having lived on the South Coast for over 40 years, worked at Pacific Valley School for almost 20 years, and served with the Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade for almost 25 years, I am aware of the dangers and difficulties of above the service utilities and the difficulties of being off the power grid. The cost of fire caused by down power lines over the years, the cost of power generation on the South Coast in generators and fuel, and now the danger of the web power lines to the recovering condor all make this a tangible plan for the near future.
James G. Kimball Director of Operations and Technology, Retired Pacific Unified School District (Now Big Sur Unified)

 I applaud this effort, however, speaking for a large segment of people living in South Big Sur I would like to ask that consideration be given to include power extending all the way to connect to the southern end of County Line. It is almost unfathomable that a tourist destination with the massive world wide popularity as Highway 1 does not have continuous power/ telephone all the way down the coast.! ..it is not only a detriment to the safety of the millions of tourists who travel this Highway yearly, it poses a huge safety threat for those living along this coastal corridor...lack of communication impedes the rescue efforts of the Volunteer Fire Brigade, and lack of basic power to the K-12 Public school at Pacific Valley and Monterey's southern most Caltrans yard makes living conditions and working conditions intrinsically more difficult and expensive for all tax payers and citizens.
Corinne Handy
Owner, Treebones Resort

Yes, I'm in favor. I have lived in Big Sur and now live in Carmel & spend the majority of my time, work(photography) & pleasure in Big Sur and surrounding areas. Let's get with it and do this. Thanks,
Howard Jones http://www.howardjonesphotography.net

Yes, I support undergrounding power lines in Big Sur.
Eby Wold
Partington Ridge Big Sur

i also support underground wiring-- I don't live in Big Sur, but to me that's basically the only way to go having grown up in Europe| Sigrid McLaughlin, Santa Cruz!! I support the under grounding of power lines and agree with extending the work to include Palo Colorado.
Tony Wolf

We support underground power lines in Big Sur.
Jean and Tim Weiss
Coastlands, Big Sur

I support the under grounding of all power and other utility lines in the Big Sur planning area. This could also be a great opportunity to fiber optic lines in the same trench. Big Sur is quickly becoming one of the last places in the country without ,broadband internet service.
Steve Beck 46408 Pear
Valley Road Big Sur

Yes, I support under grounding power wires in Big Sur.
Truman Jones
Executive Chef
Ventana Inn and Spa

Yes, as a resident, I support under grounding power wires in Big Sur.
Brenda Lelevier
Reservations Supervisor
Ventana Inn & Spa

 I love the underground power initiative. Please consider this in addition:

It's crucial that the South Coast gets power. All businesses and residents generate their own power right now. If power was run down the Hwy 1 corridor it would be fantastic for the South Coast and the North. If there was a break in power, power could be run from either direction to restore power quickly.

I've travelled all over the world and everywhere I went the population had access to a power grid, high speed internet and cell service. On the South Coast of Big Sur with 3 million visitors a year driving past we don't' have any of those amenities.
John Handy,
owner Treebones Resort

We support the under grounding of the powerlines in Big Sur, however we

would propose that it be extended north to include the Palo Colorado area as well. We have the main powerlines here in our neighborhood that run from Carmel Valley down to Big Sur. They are high voltage and pose a threat to the birds, humans(they run 15 feet from our home) and they also pose an extreme fire danger. They make a loud buzzing noise when it's foggy or there's moisture in the air. They ruin the view shed in our pristine mountains and forests of the coast. We too are affected by the power line monoliths here in the Palo Colorado area, which is on the north Big Sur coast and should be protected as well!
Jon and Lori Zobler/ Palo Colorado

Yes I support putting utilities under ground!!
Jali Morgenrath, Big Sur

I support the under grounding of all power and other utility lines in the Big Sur planning area. How about putting in the conduits cables to provide fast internet to the Big Sur community?

Eduardo Eizner
46205 Clear Ridge Road Big Sur

 

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur
Patrick Orosco

Yes: I support undergrounding power wires in Big Sur

Thank you every one for supporting this effort!
Lyndall Deme

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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