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Riviera Helicopters
updated: Mar 18, 2014, 11:41 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

WHAT is going on with the helicopters over the Riviera? Two of them, appear to be moving heavy objects between some properties.. One just landed on a lawn at the top.. very interesting.

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Pic of helicopter installing power poles over Riviera

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 COMMENT 503886 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-18 11:44 AM

They are installing utility poles with the helicopter.

 

 COMMENT 503887P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-18 11:44 AM

possibly delivering an a/c unit or some such commercial effort?

 

 COMMENT 503890 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-18 11:51 AM

WOW.. that is an expensive operation IF installing utility poles.. It really doesn't make sense. One of the helicopters appears to be a Sheriff copter.. hard to read the writing with my scope. Utility poles in residential neighborhoods dropped of by copter?? too expensive. They have two big trucks in the yard that the copter landed.. so they can obviously get hardware there. why do they need to copter?

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-18 11:59 AM

I don't know one just flew over me..haven't heard anything. Theres a guy at Peach Grove and Calle Real Carrying an axe on his bicycle...Not anymore but I heard the call probably someone that reads Edhat.

 

 COMMENT 503898P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-18 12:08 PM

Getting big, long pole-wrangling trucks down narrow lanes, around tight turns, or even under overhanging trees is a problem. That's why the FD's ladder truck has steerable rear end. Lowering a pole into a hole with a helicopter makes it far less damaging, though more expensive.

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-18 12:15 PM

So the Fire Department is doing this? Hope they are getting paid of course the tax payers are paying for it so they are.

 

 COMMENT 503901 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-18 12:18 PM

That's how rich folks mow their lawns. So much faster!

 

 COMMENT 503914P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-18 12:38 PM

898 merely pointed out that the ladder truck has a steerable rear end. No indication that FD is involved with pole placement. Good chance they couldn't fit a crane up there either, which is often used for HVAC equipment.

 

 COMMENT 503918 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-18 12:48 PM

Operation Pole Drop. Was in the paper this morn.

 

 GOLETALOC agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-18 01:00 PM

Settle down people, neither PD or FD is involved, it's just the utility company. The reason they can't use a truck is because Las Alturas and Franceschi Rd. are way to narrow and curvy to get the trucks they normally use. The wouldn't use a helicopter unless it was absolutely necessary. And 890, the trucks they had up there were not the type of trucks used to transport utility poles, those are much longer and wider. It would be impossible to get a truck that size up that road.

 

 COMMENT 503931 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-18 01:26 PM

Once again...why not just dig a trench and put the utility wires underground once and for all? No more sparking and starting fires on a windy day, no more people running into poles, everything looks much nicer...and safer...

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-18 01:46 PM

@931 You haven't figured out why yet?

 

 COMMENT 503955P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-18 02:15 PM

I haven't figured out why - would it be that people wouldn't have any overhead wires to hang their old shoes from? (I never have figured out the purpose of that classy custom either.)

If you know, please tell us, Roger.

 

 COMMENT 503961 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-18 02:28 PM

Because undergrounding costs a fortune, would be passed on to property owners. Most could not afford it.

 

 COMMENT 503963 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-18 02:31 PM

Tanker truck on its side southbound Carillo exit

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-18 02:34 PM

Proptery owners in Santa Barbara can't afford it????? I imagine doing it the easier softer way might put some people outta work.

 

 COMMENT 503969 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-18 02:35 PM

Because undergounding costs a fortune and involves much more than digging a trench (e.g., relocating the other utility lines like COX, the need for additional vaults to house transformers, etc.). They don't do it unless the neighbors pay for it.

 

 COMMENT 503997 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-18 04:07 PM

I would kickdown so my power cables could get down way low down there under the street and I would enjoy an even less poverty view!

 

 COMMENT 504017 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-18 06:41 PM

It tends to be a bit more complicated then digging a trench. And francheski mission ridge area will never be underground, too many construction issues in building tunnels in hillsides for few customers.

 

 COMMENT 504030P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-18 09:10 PM

From experience (homeowner research) : it's tens of thousands to bury a line from just one single pole to another. Get real - Most homeowners around here are NOT rich, have modest incomes and cannot afford such expense on top of mortgage and property tax.

 

 COMMENT 504070P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-19 09:05 AM

No, most of us can't afford it. It's a giant engineering job. The easier softer way is definitely to use poles. It's way more than just a trench, it's also access to the lines for maintenance, and avoiding the sewer, water and gas lines already down there.

Everyone just enjoy the fact that we're so well-attached to the grid and enjoying all the benefits thereof! And crows and woodpeckers like poles, too, while mockingbirds and finches like the lines.

 

 COMMENT 504097 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-19 09:36 AM

Underground utilities are the way to go from a cost point of view AND and aesthetic point of view (forgive the pun) for new development, but replacing existing overhead stuff with underground is a legal, economic, and logistic boondoggle that is only attractive in the event of reconstruction after a devastating widespread disaster than annihilates all the overhead utilities and most of the stuff around them like a major fire or a tornado.

 

 COMMENT 504104P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-19 09:40 AM

How did they get these kind of poles in in the pre-helicopter transit days?

 

 COMMENT 504125P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-19 10:09 AM

My folks subdivided their property so that me and my siblings could afford to own homes here. Our City Building Dept. required them to put in the vaults and underground conduit to move the utilities underground. Now SCE says they'll move their lines in to the conduit but they still want to charge me $10K / pole! I guess I'll live with the obstructed view and the fire hazard. Despite what some think, just cause you are fortunate enough to have some property in this town, doesn't mean you have that kind of disposable income.

 

 COMMENT 504146 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-19 10:53 AM

Great story, 125P. Maybe you can contact the Building Dept and Mayor's Office and ratchet up the pressure on SCE. It seems crazy that they would make you build infrastructure and then not require the utilities to use it. Then again....

 

 COMMENT 504233 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-19 01:33 PM

One of the helicopters circled my house four times. Maybe they were waiting for sequencing, but it was REALLY noisy.

 

 CORKY agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-19 02:41 PM

I suspect underground utilities would need to be done in a new tract. It's been great out in our neighborhood in Noleta.

 

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