Utility undergrounding is the process of placing all overhead utilities (power, telephone, and cable TV wires) and facilities, such as electrical transformers, underground. The City does not currently own, operate or maintain any overhead electrical or communications utilities, but rather they belong to:
- Southern California Edison (electricity);
- Frontier (formerly Verizon, for telecom and cable and internet); and
- Spectrum (formerly Time Warner and Adelphia, for cable and internet).
Southern California Edison (SCE) carries out overhead-to-underground conversions through its Rule 20 program. Telecom utilities carry out these conversions through the Rule 40 program, which in many respects mirrors SCE’s Rule 20 program.
UUADs are initiated and formed by property owners within the UUAD, who are interested in paying for the undergrounding of the overhead utilities in their neighborhood.
Current District Formation Guidelines
Steps for Forming a District (PDF) provides detailed information on the procedures that must be undertaken to form a district and identifies the required thresholds for various phases within that process. In summary, the steps address the following phases:
- The district boundary formation process
- The petition drive process, signature threshold requirement and the City’s verification process
- Design and bidding phases
- Assessment and voting phases
- Construction and cabling phases
- Pole removal and project completion phases