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Hollywood Power Outage Sends City Into Chaos

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Feb 7, 2005
>No electricity for 26 minutes. "This is our Tsunami."
>By Joshua Gates
>Actor, Photographer. Victim.
>LOS ANGELES, CA, September 15, 2005 - Horror and disbelief swept through
>greater Hollywood area as a minor power-outage turned the city into a
>virtual war zone and local residents struggled to deal with the devastating
>The outage struck at 1:35 PM, during L.A.'s busy afternoon coffee and
>Pilates rush hour. Traffic lights fell dark, local gyms and sushi
>restaurants were without power for nearly 30 minutes and many businesses
>were illuminated only by the light of the sun and its blistering 78-degree
>"It was horrible," said out of work actor and voice-over artist Rick Shea.
>"I was in a Jamba Juice on Melrose when it hit and the blenders simply shut
>down. A woman lunged for my Berry Lime Sublime an after that, well, it got
>pretty ugly."
>In the ensuing panic, local radio stations broadcasted conflicting reports
>as to exactly which local businesses would be offering relief supplies.
>Almost 100 people flocked to the Starbucks at Santa Monica and La Brea only
>to find helpless baristas, no hot coffee and a totally meager selection of
>baked goods.
>"My mother is 83 years old and we heard on the radio that this Starbucks
>going to be up and running. If she doesn't get a venti Arabian Mocha
>I don't know what's going to happen to her, I really don't," said Lucinda
>Merino of Los Feliz.
>To make matters worse, those few people who did manage to get coffee were
>further thwarted by a total lack of artificial sweeteners on site. "Sugar
>the raw? Are you frigging kidding me?," sobbed avid salsa dancer Enrique
>Santoro. "I'm on the South Beach Diet, and my insulin levels are going to
>crazy if I use this. Why isn't the rest of the country doing something?"
>Deteriorating conditions will force authorities to evacuate the thousands
>people at local Quiznos, movie theaters and upscale shopping centers,
>including the The Beverly Center, where a policeman told CNN unrest was
>escalating. The officer expressed concern that the situation could worsen
>overnight after patrons defaced multiple "So You Think you Can Dance"
>posters, looted a Baby Gap and demanded free makeovers en masse at a MAC
>cosmetics store during the afternoon.
>At least 2000 refugees, a majority of them beautiful, will travel in a bus
>convoy to Beverly Hills starting this evening and will be sheltered at the
>eight-year-old Spago on North Canon, where soft omelettes with confit bacon
>and Hudson Valley foie gras were being airlifted in by The National Guard.
>Honorary Mayor of Hollywood, Johnny Grant, told a group of embedded
>reporters at a Koo Koo Roo Chicken restaurant on Larchmont that, "the scope
>and scale of this disaster is almost too much to comprehend. Local car
>washes are at a standstill, the tram tour at Universal Studios has been on
>hold for almost an hour now, and I've been waiting for a rotisserie leg and
>thigh with a side of green beans for upwards of 15 minutes. This truly is
>our "Tsunami."
>"We want to accommodate those people suffering in the Beverly Center as
>quickly as possible for the simple reason they have been through a horrible
>ordeal," Grant said.
>"We need water. We need edamame. We need low-carb bread," said Martha
>Owens, 49, one of the thousands trapped in the Beverly Center when the
>escalators stopped moving. "They need to start sending somebody through
>Along miles of coastline, the power simply surged, causing writers to lose
>upwards of a page of original screenplay material, causing Direct TV
>to work only intermittently and forcing local residents to walk outside and
>look helplessly at the Pacific from their ocean-view decks. "I can hardly
>begin to put this experience into words," said longtime Two and a Half Men
>writer John Edlestein. "I was just getting into my rhythm and making some
>real headway on a scene where Charlie Sheen parties with a busload of
>volleyball players when my Power Book crapped out. I have nothing. Simply,
>Delivering his weekly radio address live from the White House, President
>Bush announced he was deploying more than 7000 additional active-duty
>to the region. He comforted victims and praised relief workers.
>"But despite their best efforts, the magnitude of responding to a crisis
>over a disaster area this sunny and trendy has created tremendous
>he said. "The result is that many of our citizens simply are not getting
>help they need, especially in the Hollywood Hills, and that is

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