by Carl, 11/02/2012, 6:30 PM

Mike O’Brien has the story of Seattle City Light helping out in the wake of Sandy.

Seattle City Light, our local publicly-owned utility, is sending 18 linemen, their trucks and all their gear out to Long Island, NY to help restore power in the aftermath of Sandy. I am incredibly proud of our utility for finding a way to help out.

Many utilities across the country are lending a hand. I am especially proud of City Light for not only sending staff, but also finding a way to send the critical equipment they need to be most effective in the relief effort. City Light has been working hard all week to find a way to help and it paid off. This weekend, City Light crews are catching a ride with the U.S. Air Force to the storm ravaged area where millions are without power and heat.

It’s not very efficient to send the trucks and workers to help, so I’m sure there are some run-everything-like-a-business-I-don’t-want-my-utility-bill-going-to-that people out there. But I’m glad they’re helping. And I’m proud that my utility bill is going to help pay for that.

20 Responses to “Glad We Can Help”

1. Roger Rabbit spews:

“I’m sure there are some run-everything-like-a-business-I-don’t-want-my-utility-bill-going-to-that people out there”

It’s a reflection of the fact things have gotten so bad in Red State America those people now equate “community” with “communism.”

2. Deathfrogg spews:

What the nutmeggers are doing to hasten repairs.

@ RR

Anything that does not directly enrich the bankers or oil companies and their top level executives is communism. There are good reasons why the Conservatives are trying to privatize everything. The “common” defense means the military has to protect everyone, not just the people who can afford to leave the country before one of the wars they start comes home. “Freedom of Speech” only applies to people who can afford it. that means corporations and billionaires and their bootlickers in the lower wealthy classes.

There are more examples. But the gist is this: If someones pet politician can’t bring home the bacon, they’ll be replaced. Bringing home the bacon just means the right palms get greased. It has nothing to do with promoting the general welfare.

It’s all about the grease.

3. Roger Rabbit spews:

Just checked to see what the goofs at (u)SP are running in the last days of the campaign.

They’re obsessing over J.Z. Knight “Ramtha” videos.

Who would have guessed?

4. K spews:

And this is why we have a Federal Government- to provide the resources to get is from here to there

5. Roger Rabbit spews:

Interestingly, the usual gang of suspects at the “other” blog don’t have much confidence in their team. Of 15 comments only a couple predict a Romney victory.

6. Richard Pope spews:

It’s not very efficient to send the trucks and workers to help,

Oh yes it is. That is what you have to do when there is massive storm damage. There are line crews from most of the United States working hard to repair the damage from Sandy. Just like happened after Katrina, and every major disaster storm. There simply are not enough local resources by far to handle this sort of situation. And yes, it does cost a LOT of money to fix storm damage, with all the overtime, per diem, lodging, and transportation expenses to cover far away crews.

7. Liberal Scientist is a Dirty Fucking Socialist Hippie spews:

They’re serious ‘Palinistas’ over there – I’m not shocked that they’re lukewarm on Romney.
There’s a lot of Bible pounding over there, too, and maybe the Mormon thing is cooling their ardor.

I’ve gone over from time to time…man, what a disappointment. MikeBoyScout does yeoman’s work sticking it too them, but it’s pretty bleak…relentless gay-hate, misogyny, anything left of Paul Ryan is communism….crazy ass John Birchers.

8. Evergreen Libertarian spews:

@5 RR what blog is that?

9. Evergreen Libertarian spews:

We had a storm that hit this area last year and we had crews from others states and Canada brought in to help.

10. EvergreenRailfan spews:

So the crews hitched a ride(or were provided with one) from air force jets out of McChord Field(sorry, I still like to refer to the base as a separate one, my father served in the Army Reserve out of Fort Lewis, it was not JBLM in the mid-sixties). I was wondering how they would get there so fast. It is good to see one power company/authority’s linemen helping out another one.

Also, by the way, the major power company on Long Island, is publicly-owned, or at least a co-op, the Long Island Power Authority.

11. Michael spews:

Nice to see our area helping out.

Public power utilities and co-ops were one of the better ideas that America came up with.

12. Geoduck spews:

Down here in Thurston County there’s a push underway to take the power grid away from Puget Sound Energy and give it to the local PUD. They managed to get an initiative on the ballot, and PSE has dumped half a million dollars in scare-ads on the county trying to kill it; be very interesting to see which way the vote goes.

13. EvergreenRailfan spews:

Too bad they can’t do a Thurston Competitive Area, a PUD and PSE competing for customers, although I doubt PSE would like that. They tried that once, in the early 20th Century. Competing for customers in a heavily populated part of King County on the west side of Lake Washington. By 1950, they had asked for a buyout of their Seattle Franchise, to concentrate on the suburbs, leaving the public provider, Seattle City Light, with all of Seattle, Shoreline, and parts of a few other suburbs. City Light was power at cost, PSE’s predecessor, then Puget Sound Power and Light, had shareholders to satisfy.

14. Serial Conservative spews:

I wonder how many of those Denver voters MBS registered are 18-29.

’cause Obama’s gonna need ‘em.

In 2008, voters 18 to 29 went for Obama 2 to 1over John McCain; turnout among these young voters was the second-largestever recorded. But in 2012, that youthful Obama-mania seems to have faded. Alex Wirth of the Harvard Public Opinion Project has forecast that turnout for voters under 30 will be 34 to 40 percent, compared with 51 percent four years ago.

15. Serial Conservative spews:

Tweet du jour:

Miguel Bloombito@ElBloombito
Felicidades! Yo soy camero to mis fuckingo senses! No marathoño!

16. Serial Conservative spews:

If only 9% of your likely voters actually voted in the primary, your likely voter screen is probably a little too non-discriminating.

Howie Politics refuses to release full internals on Donnelly +11 (:rolling eyes:) IN-SEN poll.

This one’s for everyone but Michael, ’cause, you know, he was bad and got his ass banned at RedState.

17. Serial Conservative spews:

Pittsburgh, we have a problem.

And from our official campaign stop tracker No Tribe: “On Monday November 5, President Clinton will campaign in Pittsburgh and Scranton as well as hold two events in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.”

This is OFA’s top surrogate. Four stops in Pennsylvania the day before the election.

Whatever the polls in PA are saying, they’re wrong. It’s a whole fucking lot closer than D + whatever.

18. Serial Conservative spews:

Shit. Sorry, wrong thread @ 15-17.

19. Lauramae spews:

I live in Thurston County. As a concept, I’m not opposed to public power, but I have ZERO confidence in a very tine public utility district that has a few water customers taking on electricity.

Each public utility is different and starting up a new one is hugely expensive. If they win, it’s going to be quite the clusterfuck, is my guess.

20. EvergreenRailfan spews:

Also sending crews to the rescue is the BPA. I did not know, until recently(and a sad tragedy) that the Bonneville Power Administration had it’s own line crews. Thought, since most of it’s powerplants(like for example, Grand Coulee) are operated by other entities(Bureau of Reclamation, Army Corps of Engineers).