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Power grid improvements to begin in downtown Santa Barbara next week

Edison open house continues at Carrillo Rec Center

Power grid project may help...

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Tony Bennett fans may recall a widespread power outage that led to the cancelation of the singer's concert at the Granada Theater on in the fall of 2014.

Businesses closed early or made do with candles and generators.

Richard Yates remembers using battery powered lights to serve his Opal restaurant customers.

Yates isn't looking forward to years of construction,  but he is looking forward to power grid improvements.

Southern California Edison spokesperson Rondi Guthrie said they will begin next week.

Edison will host an open house for a second day in a row to show off what has been dubbed the Santa Barbara Reliability Plan.

Customers are welcome to check out the maps on Thursday morning at the Carrillo Recreation Center.

"We are installing new underground vaults, upgrading cables and switches and transformers, adding additional circuit automation and fault indicators. So, it is a lot of work in this area," said Gurthrie.

Yates said he hopes they improve communication during the project so business like his won't be left in the dark again.

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