In 2007 San Diego had a devastating fire that destroyed hundreds of homes. In the early stages of the fire I was listening to accounts on the radio. Being from San Diego, I quickly turned on the television to get information on the fires. Living In Murrieta, California (Southwest Riverside County) there was no news on the literal fire storm as the only television stations on cable in our area are out of Los Angeles. I knew the San Diego television stations were covering the fire continuously because a San Diego radio station that I could listen to was carrying the audio feed off and on.
I contacted Verizon to see if there was anyway that they could provide a feed of any San Diego television station to our area. They said that it was impossible to do. Not having news coverage available regarding the fires just south of us, some areas less than 5 miles away, areas that we and our neighbors still consider home was a travesty. Having friends and families homes going up in flames and nothing more than limited Los Angeles and National coverage just seemed like a peculiar lack of proper usage of our public airwaves. The fire proceeded to arguably become the worst fire In San Diego history.
Yet no local news from San Diego was being provided to us as residents of Southwest Riverside County. The distance from San Diego to Southwest Riverside County (Temecula/Murrieta) is 51 miles. The distance from Los Angeles to Southwest Riverside County (Temecula/Murrieta) is 84 miles. Temecula resides on the Riverside County/San Diego County border yet our area is considered part of the Los Angeles market. By far more people in this area commute to San Diego then Los Angeles and yet the area is considered part of the Los Angeles Market. I can make no sense of this situation and have even mailed letters and e-mailed Verizon years ago with no responses.
Recently I discovered that there is a San Diego television station, KUSI Channel 51, that has a repeater in Murrieta. I do not know how long it has been there, but the channel is not on the Verizon cable lineup. I am really not claiming to be an expert in how a repeater station would be brought to the homes. I would think, though, that it would be similar to how a low power broadcast channel would be added to the cable lineup. We have KZSW-LP who is carried on Verizon whose signal was from here in Temecula. I do not understand why something similar could not be done with the K12PO, KUSI's translator here in Murrieta. There are a few radio stations on the same hilltop as their tower, so their may be some fiber available.
My wish would be that K12PO be added to the lineup so that we in Southwest Riverside County (or what I have always called Extreme North San Diego County) have access to San Diego news. And if it were only the news broadcasts shown, that would be a great service to us transplanted San Diegans.