READER’S EDITORIAL: TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE: SDG&E FAILS TO PROVIDE MITIGATION FUNDS FOR FIRE SEASON—AFTER ENERGIZING POWERLINK AND RAISING FIRE DANGER

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By Catherine Gorka, Lakeside

July 10, 2012 (Lakeside)--Many residents of the East County /back county have received a letter from the Sunrise Powerlink Fire Mitigation Grants Program telling us about the  grant program. 

The funds for  this program should have been given out prior to the line being energized.  Instead, funds if approved will not be given out till work is done, and grant money will not even be approved until the end of August -- well into high fire danger season.  

It is already too hot to be using power tools in this heat to clear brush, and we can’t wait till the Santa Ana winds come in.  We are all in higher fire danger thanks to these metal towers, and I believe we should have been given assistance way before now. 

We have lost our views and now we have to ask for help in clearing and protecting ourselves from these towers.  Then we will have to pay taxes on the funds we get; we must provide a W-9 as well.

I pray there is no fire till we all get our funds and work done.

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