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Local utility companies to discuss undergrounding at workshop tonight

SAN DIEGO -- A workshop will be held tonight to discuss the impact of utility boxes on neighborhood character and the process for community input into the placement and aesthetics of the boxes.

As efforts continue to transfer overhead wires and cables underground, some community members have raised questions and concerns about the work and about the utility boxes that result from the undergrounding.

Earlier this year, San Diego Councilmember Todd Gloria shared some of his constituent's concerns about utility boxes to local utility companies who agreed to present a series of public workshops to address some of the issues that were of greatest concern to residents. The first such workshop was held in July, and tonight's session will focus on public comments and questions.

Representatives from local utility companies will be present at the meeting to engage in an open dialogue with participants about ways that community impacts from utility boxes might be reduced.

The meeting will be held from 6 to 8:30 pm in the Santa Fe Room at the Balboa Park Club, 2144 Pan American Road West, in Balboa Park.

For more information or to RSVP, e-mail toddgloria@sandiego.gov.