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SATURDAY, JULY 15, 2023 

VOLUME 17 NO. 28VOLUME 17 NO. 28

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The Sierra Madre City Council has given the green light 
to execute a Tesla Supercharger License Agreement to 
install the first public electric vehicle chargers in Sierra 

City Management Intern Jenna Norwood gave a presentation 
on the proposed plan during the regular City 
Council meeting on July 11, 2023. 

Earlier this year, Mayor Pro Tem Kelly Kriebs suggested 
that city staff research the possibility of bringing electric 
vehicle (EV) charging stations to Sierra Madre. Due 
to the push to phase out gas-powered cars in California 
by 2035, the city has a few incentive possibilities, including 
funding programs from Southern California Edison, 
the Clean Power Alliance, and additional State and Federal 
opportunities. One of the challenges is the need for 
charging stations, making potential EV customers hesitant 
to switch. 

But, overall, there has been a 56 percent increase in electric 
vehicles compared to last year. According to the California 
New Car Dealers Association (CNCDA), 102,279 
plug-in electric cars were registered in quarter four, a 24 
percent market share.

On June 28, 2023, after receiving a presentation, the Sierra 
Madre Natural Resources Commission unanimously 
approved bringing this item before City Council.

Where will the Tesla EV charging stations be 

After entering into negotiations with Tesla in May this 
year, the location at 30 South Baldwin Ave., between Taylor’s 
Market and the Sinclair Gas Station, may be the best 
site for the new EV charging stations. 

This location is close to the 210 Freeway and within 
walking distance of Sierra Madre dining and shopping 
while travelers wait for their vehicles to charge. The average 
charging time is around 40 minutes. 

Tesla found the convenience of restaurants, shopping, 
and the approximately one-mile drive to the freeway to 
be incentives that influenced their decision to pay Sierra 
Madre a premium rental rate of $227 per stall. The average 
rate Tesla usually provides ranges from $0 to $200. 

The city also worked out some streamlining deals to help 
move along the permit process for Tesla as well, according 
to Norwood. 

After consultation with Edison, Tesla has determined 
that 12 Supercharges, including 2 ADA-compliant, will 
fit in the desired location. 

The Superchargers will be installed at no cost to the city. 
Tesla will be responsible for the utility and maintenance 
costs. The city will foot the bill for landscaping costs at 
the site. The proposed contract has a 10-year term with 
an optional 5-year extension. Once opened, the city will 
receive $2,724.00 a month from this project in rents. It 
is estimated to take four to six months for construction. 
Construction will include: 

• Making the parking spots perpendicular rather than slanted.

• Repaving the spaces where the charger will be placed.

• Removing and reconfiguring bow outs, planters, and landscaping.

• Installing all necessary equipment.

But what if I don’t own a Tesla EV?

Norwood mentioned that the data she received concluded 
that approximately 1,000 Tesla vehicles drive through 
the Sierra Madre area weekly. But what if you drive an 
EV vehicle that’s not a Tesla?

Tesla has recently entered into agreements with Ford, 
GM, Volvo/Polestar, and Rivian. In addition, Volkswagen 
and Hyundai are in talks with Tesla to standardize 
the Tesla charge as the universal plug for electric vehicles. 
While this process is expected to take several years to finalize, 
owners of legacy automakers will soon be able to 
charge electric cars at Tesla Supercharging locations, according 
to Norwood.

“I think this is one of those great, fantastic ways for us 
to really promote sustainability on our planet,” Councilmember 
Kristine Lowe stated. “I’m excited to see 
what this will bring to our downtown as well and our 

“I’m just proud of Sierra Madre, and this should be another 
feather in our cap,” said Councilmember Gene 
Goss. “And to think we did this at zero cost to us. It’s 

In the future, the city will look at adding more EV charging 
stations to other Sierra Madre areas, including Sierra 
Vista Park, City Hall, the Library, and trailhead areas. 

Damage to Water Main and Gas Lines Result In Disruption 
of Gas Service In Parts of Sierra Madre

More than 50 workers from Southern California Gas Company will be working 
around the clock to repair damage. Photo by Maheilia Thomas

An alert was sent to Sierra Madre 
residents early this morning to avoid 
the area near 300 N. Lima due to a 
report of the smell of natural gas.

In a press release from SoCal Gas at 
press time, the following is a synopsis 
of the events that occurred:

"At approximately 6:45 a.m. on Friday, 
July 14, SoCalGas received reports 
of natural gas odor in the vicinity 
of Lima Street between Grandview 
Avenue and Carter Avenue in the City 
of Sierra Madre.

A ruptured water main damaged a 2” 
steel natural gas main line. As of 7:15 
a.m., the city shut off the water.

To avoid damage to infrastructure 
and equipment, SoCalGas crews are 
working to remove the water, causing 
temporary natural gas service 
interruptions to approximately 70 

Once the water is cleared and the 
natural gas main is secure, SoCalGas 
crews will remain onsite to make 
permanent repairs to restore natural 
gas service to customers as quickly as 

Residents and businesses in the area 
may smell a natural gas odor while 
crews continue to purge the water 
from gas lines or water that has flowed 
downhill through the neighborhood.

Currently, there is no threat to public 
health or safety.

For safety reasons, customers should 
not try to restore natural gas service on 
their own. SoCalGas crews will assist 
customers with service restorations.

For emergencies or to report a gas 
leak, please contact SoCalGas at 800-
427-2200, 24 hours a day, seven days 
a week."

No estimate was given as to when the 
task will be completed. 

According to City Manager Jose 
Reynoso, the Sierra Madre YMCA at 
611 E. Sierra Madre Blvd is offering 
use of their showers to anyone impacted 
by the gas leak (during limited 


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