Bobber I can see you points, and believe me I'm not here to defend SDG&E. But working for them for 45 years I can see what they are doing. Wind storms play havoc with power lines, just look at what it does to your property. Something blows into a wire and knocks it down it sparks and starts a fire before the circuit break trips out. SDG&E pays outside crews to clear brush and trim trees near wires and poles in the back country, also trees in the city. Improve the system? Not much can be done when the wind blows something into the power lines. I guess everything could go underground, imagine the cost of that. At lease when the power is turned off in certain areas people will still have their homes to come back to when it's restored. City folk have problems also when the power was turned off during the rolling brown outs because there wasn't enough reserved power to meet the demands so certain areas were turned off then turned on and shut off somewhere else. We used to live in the San Jacinto mountains so I know where you are coming from. We had back up water stored, food, and cords of fire wood. You have to be prepared for where you live. Lightning would take out power lines all the time. Living in the mountains service wasn't restored as fast as the cities. Want to live in the back country or mountains then be prepared for any contingency whether the power is out because SDG&E turned it off or for some other reason the results are the same, no power. Still love ya, nothing personal.