Photo is of Ezra Scattergood from the DWP website that describes him as, “the father of municipal power in Los Angeles, was a pioneer who devoted his life to bringing ample supplies of electric energy to the city of Los Angeles.”
There’s a great bio on this guy that is pretty easy to find.
If you were to go to the DWP website instead to see why there was a power outtage tonite in Hollywood, there are no answers. There is no way to find out what happened, or even that it DID happen. Maybe I’m asking too much expecting the DWP to have info on a blackout that began a couple hours ago, but during the outtage I called the DWP for info, and it was there hold message that suggested I visit their website for updates… during a power outtage.
But if you need some info on noble L.A. citizen of yesteryear, Ezra Scattergood, the DWP website is a fantastic resource. Especially for reading when you have no power for your computer or router.
For the record, the lights went out here at Franklin and El Cerrito about 6:30pm. From the rooftop, I could see all of the Hollywood Hills blacked out, and at least the chunk of Hollywood down to Hollywood Blvd, between La Brea and Highland. The TV Guide neon sign was still lit, as were the lights at the Renaissance.
I particularly love these impromptu disaster drills when I get to meet all my neighbors and see who own flashlights and who need to borrow candles. Unfortunately, lights popped back on at 8:15pm, too early to whip out the Ouija Board. Oh well… a summer heatwave is coming.