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More Than 2,000 Lose Power in Malibu

The outage was caused by faulty equipment near Pacific Coast Highway and John Tyler Drive in Malibu, according to an Edison spokeswoman.

More than 2,300 Southern California Edison customers lost power Wednesday in central Malibu.

The outage was reported at 11:19 a.m. and stretched from Latigo Canyon Road to Rambla Pacifico along Pacific Coast Highway, according to Paul Klein, a spokesman for Edison.

At 11:45 a.m., the signal at Pacific Coast Highway and Webb Way was out, and traffic was backed up.

The power was mostly restored to the Civic Center area by 12:30 p.m., according to the City's of Malibu Emergency Services. Power also went out on the Pepperdine campus, but it was restored at 12:37 p.m., Professor Courtenay Stallings wrote on Malibu Patch's Facebook Page.

Some shoppers reported the power went out at the CVS Pharmacy in Malibu.

The outage was caused by faulty equipment near Pacific Coast Highway and John Tyler Drive in front of Pepperdine University, said Susan Cox, an Edison spokeswoman.

As of 3:45 p.m., 114 customers remained without power, according to Cox, who did not provide an estimated restoration time.

A separate outage impacted 151 customers earlier at 2:52 a.m. Wednesday along Malibu Canyon Road. That outage was caused when a vehicle hit a transmission pole.

Crews are still working on repairing the downed pole on Malibu Canyon and expect to be finished by 3:30 p.m. Traffic is still down to one lane on Malibu Canyon Road, according to the City of Malibu.

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R Y A N November 21, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Malibu Canyon Road was backed up in the southbound direction from Mulholland Highway -- stop and go the whole way -- from 9:20 to 10:15 am
Terry November 21, 2012 at 09:38 PM
u really would think that the city counsel would demand than when there is a power outage in the civic center they would get sherriffs out there directing traffic.
Susan Tellem November 21, 2012 at 10:41 PM
This is another case of too little infrastructure to support more development. The city council is totally screwed up when it comes to seeing what is right before their eyes. It has the power to say no - no more development...we do not have enough water, we have too much poop (see adjacent story about sewers), we don't have proper electricity, etc. This is the third or fourth major outage in as many weeks. Why won't they act to stop the madness?????????????
Jessica E. Davis November 21, 2012 at 11:46 PM
UPDATE: Edison says it was faulty equipment near PCH and John Tyler Drive that caused the outage.
Hans Laetz November 22, 2012 at 05:22 AM
That's quite amazing. Edison just put in new equipment at that corner. I look forward to hearing a full accounting on why Malibu apparently cannot rely on the local power system.
Harry cat November 22, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Susan tellam is right. Edison sucks we have at least one outage a week. 2 weeks ago it was 3500 people out for over 12 hours. They raise the rates but they never update equipment until it blows!

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