An 'electricity police' plan: Los Angeles

By Mai Tran
The Los Angeles Times
March 26, 2001

(Los Angeles County, CA) - In Buena Park, police are distributing fliers to merchants urging them to dim their lights at night. Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies are paying friendly visits to stores illuminated with unusually large amounts of decorative lighting. But elsewhere across Southern California, officers are resisting the role of "power police."

It's been a week and a half since Gov. Gray Davis' order requiring businesses to cut power use during the energy crisis took effect, and enforcement of the rules has gotten off to a decidedly uneven start.

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