Uh-Oh: The Los Angeles suffered a power blackout at just before 1PM this afternoon. The Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP) says large swathes of its service area are currently without power – from Downtown to Hollywood and Century City and in the Valley from Sherman Oaks to North Hollywood.
This event comes a day after a videotape was released on which an al-Qaida operative threatened that Los Angeles and Melbourne, Australia, specifically, will be the sites of the next attacks:
“Yesterday, London and Madrid. Tomorrow, Los Angeles and Melbourne, Allah willing. And this time, don’t count on us demonstrating restraint or compassion,” the man on the videotape, speaking in English, warns. “We are Muslims. We love peace, but peace on our terms, peace as laid down by Islam, not the so-called peace of occupiers and dictators.”
Just now on KCBS, LADWP spokesperson Gale Harris said the company is aware of the source of the problem but she had no idea when it will be resolved.
Some parts of the Los Angeles area have not yet been affected, including our location in West Hollywood, where the power utility is Southern California Edison, not LADWP.