San Fernando Valley : Power Failures at College to Be Studied

Los Angeles Community College District officials have authorized a $30,000 study of problems with Pierce College's aged electrical system, which caused 17 power failures in two months this summer.

The Woodland Hills campus never lost power entirely, but the power failures in August and September did shut down as much as one-third of the school for as long as four hours, said grounds administrator Dave Bush, who said the blackouts were the worst the campus has experienced.

The Board of Trustees has allocated the money to hire a consulting firm, Frederick Brown Associates, to evaluate the campus electrical system, parts of which are nearly 50 years old, and to make recommendations.

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