By Miriam Raftery
March 24, 2013 (Alpine)—Seven Alpine businesses have filed a lawsuit alleging that SDG&E failed to adequately reimburse business owners for losses caused by the two-year project to underground the high-voltage Sunrise Powerlink lines along Alpine Boulevard. Plaintiffs allege that some businesses were forced out of business, while others suffered hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost revenues.
An attorney for plaintiffs contends that SDG&E did not live up to its promises to mitigate construction impacts by limited portions of Alpine Boulevard, instead creating a “gauntlet of construction obstacles” that drove customers away.
ECM previously reported on delays of a half hour to travel along downtown Alpine due to numerous construction delays during peak construction times. The photo above was taken by ECM editor Miriam Raftery during one such traffic jam with many flagmen and delays in a brief several-block stretch.
The business owners also contend that although SDG&E created a claims unit, the company, a division of Sempra Energy, offered low-ball settlements generally “in the range of $3,000 for a binding release of all claims,” attorney Rebecca Blain has stated.
The San Diego Reader has additional details at http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/news-ticker/2013/mar/20/alpine-business-owners-sue-sdge-over-impacts-from-/