Editor: There’s a new ‘bad boy’ in town, and he’s not a bum or a homeless person. He … or she … is the person who grabs free electricity from the Newport Avenue light poles. The “new” U-T (Union-Tribune) felt this story still had legs and quotes our own Denny Knox, CEO of the OB Mainstreet Assoc., and Jim Musgrove, head of the OB Town Council. Go to it.
Siphoning electricity from OB street lamps
Tamper-proof utility covers are on the way to limit access to sockets on Newport Avenue
By Christopher Cadelago / U-T / August 19, 2010
City street crews are looking to curb the number of people in Ocean Beach who siphon electricity from outlets on street lamps to power everything from cell phones to recreational vehicles.
The San Diego Streets Division is awaiting another shipment of tamper-proof utility covers that restrict access to electrical sockets on a three-block stretch of Newport Avenue, said Joe Castillo, whose department maintains and repairs sidewalks, storm drains and street and traffic lights.
The outlets are meant for farmers market vendors and other business-related events. But the allure of free power has become too great for others. …
Our locals were interviewed and quoted later in the article:
Jim Musgrove, president of the Ocean Beach Town Council, said the neighborhood advisory group is aware of the problem, but has not held formal discussions.
Organizers with the Ocean Beach Mainstreet Association said they have had enough.
“It’s the bane of our existence. And the problem we’ve been having is people think it’s OK to steal from the city,” Executive Director Denny Knox said. “What they don’t realize is they are stealing from the local economy — not the city.”
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