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Edison Workers Raise Millions for Charity

By Paul Hughes Southern California Edison Edison International employees last year contributed $4.2 million and volunteered countless hours to their favorite charities, proof that the spirit of giving is alive and well companywide. Compelled by personal adversity or a desire to give back to their community, employees either made contributions to charities, schools and community-based, non-profit organizations, or volunteered their efforts to civic-minded causes. Continuing a more than 100-year-old tradition, Edison International’s annual Employee Contribution Campaign will be held between September 25 and October 31.  During that period, individual department meetings will be conducted by campaign leaders who will...

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Getting to Know New SSID Boss

By Paul Hughes Southern California Edison Paul Grigaux has a busy agenda ahead as the newly hired director of SCE’s Shop Services and Instrumentation Division (SSID). Grigaux oversees an expansive, 28-acre complex in Westminster, where more than 200 skilled craft personnel and technicians repair, test and calibrate power generation and transmission components—transformers, steam turbines, circuit breakers, motors and generators, measuring equipment and tools—for SCE and outside enterprises. SSID also provides a variety of engineering services and supplies heavy equipment, including cranes, for SCE- and third-party customers. SSID Challenges Some of SSID’s biggest challenges include ensuring maximum use of the...

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Two SCE Specialists Among First to Demo Energy Acquisition Program

By Paul Hughes Southern California Edison Behind a secured door and down a series of hallways, Alex Cabrera and Katherine Won sit at computers, often with multiple monitors above, and work with “bleeding edge” technology. The SCE energy operations specialists are at the forefront of power procurement and are now gearing up for big changes set to occur on January 31, 2008. That’s when the Market Redesign and Technology Upgrade, perhaps better known as MRTU, goes into effect. With a new application from CAISO called SIBR (Scheduling Infrastructure and Business Rules), and SCE’s own newly launched program, known as...

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Molycorp Digs Rare Earth in Mojave Desert

By Paul Hughes Desert Dispatch Within every color television, computer chip – even corning ware glass and catalytic converter – are particles refined from so-called rare earth mining. Chances are they were dug in the Mojave Desert. Molycorp is the only mine in the world devoted exclusively to the production of lanthanides At the Molycorp Mine at Mountain Pass, along Interstate 15 about 30 miles from the California-Nevada state line, 250 people excavate, separate and ultimately refine tons of ore every week. Miners look for lanthanides, a family of 15 elements that are used in a variety of ways....

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Jury Recommends Death

Panel deliberates less than a day By Paul Hughes Inland Valley Daily Bulletin A superior court jury in Pomona Wednesday recommended the death penalty for three Hesperia men convicted this month in the execution-style murders and robberies of two alleged drug dealers whom they lured to a local motel. The convicts sat quietly, their lawyers at their sides and chains on their legs and wrists, as the death penalty verdicts were read inside a full third floor courtroom. A woman in the audience cried openly as each member of the jury was polled. Chauncey Veasley, 27, Dellano Cleveland, 28,...

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