The City Council is scheduled today to review a request by Councilman Ed Reyes to halt the installation of more than 1,400 solar panels across a Montecito Heights hillside. Reyes submitted the motion last week as workers began installing some of the panels that will fill an area the size of a football field on property owned by Broadview nursing home, which said it received all the necessary permits to build the solar array. Reyes, at the urging of nearby residents, said he wants the work halted to examine concerns about safety.
Update: The City Council voted to hold the motion one more day for consideration. Several residents spoke against the panels and Councilman Reyes focused his comments on concerns over glare and fire safety. He and other council members also voiced their concern about state law that limits the ability of cities to review and impose restrictions on solar energy projects.
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