No power means no work for this Lincoln Heights freelancer

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Janine Marie was at home in Lincoln Heights during Wednesday night’s windstorm, watching  the lights go on and off. Then, at 1:30 a.m. on Thursday, the lights and electrical power went off for good. While the power outage left many people without TV or a working fridge, Marie, a freelance web designer who works from home, was out of a livelihood as long as her electrical service remained disconnected.  “No computer, no work, no pay,” said Marie.  So, the outage forced Marie to become a nomad in search of power and an Internet connection:

Downtown LA is swamped with freelancers looking for Internet access. I started in the Financial District, had to move due to over crowding at Starbucks. Moved to Bank District by noon. Stray Cat Cafe was very friendly with letting me change my phone. Now am working at IndieDesk in the Fashion District.   If you look at the areas the [DWP| has posted with the highest numbers for no power, it’s on this side of town. This is costing our local community money as well as the fact we can not use our local neighborhood resources of coffee shops, places to eat and of course supporting our communities.

When she left home at 11 a.m today, Marie still had no electrical service. At least Marie is not alone. According to the most recent DWP figures, about 1,500 of its Lincoln Heights customers were still without power this afternoon. Here are the others who are left in the dark:

Glassell Park: 11,800
Cypress Park: 10,200
Highland Park: 9,300
Boyle Heights: 3,400
Eagle Rock: 2,800
El Sereno: 1,500
Lincoln Heights: 1,500
Silver Lake: 1,500


  1. LAPL has free internet service, printers and lots of electrical outlets for recharging.


  2. You can certainly leave your home , go to the Library , a friends house , a coffee shop ?

  3. this is ridiculous. go to the library like everyone else said.

  4. did anyone actually read the article? she DID go to local establishments for wifi and electricity. the headline is a bit misleading. freelancers are still working, just roving like nomads…

  5. So you’re a blogger who can’t spell the word “due” correctly. Wow.

  6. Yes, she used different locations, great but part of her harrowing tale is that she had to move around so many times throughout the day. It’s kind of sad that all the places she thought of using were built for commerce, to get in and out and allow them to flip a table and make more money, of course you’d feel uncomfortable there and be forced to move on due to “over crowding.”

    Ridiculous article.

  7. another ep freelancer

    Keep in mind that the library which everyone seems to think would solve this problem isn’t open until 10 am Monday Wednesday Friday, or until 12:30 on Tues./Thurs. Try telling your New York clients you can’t respond to their emails until 1 pm or 3:30 pm because it’s windy in Los Angeles.

    Stories was the only establishment in Echo Park – including the library – with working internet access on Thursday, and it was so packed that laptops lined the aisles.

  8. You guys should have let me know. I would have let you on my wifi.

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