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Streetlight repair times uneven across L.A. (DN)

Posted on 31 March 2014 by admin (0)
Streetlight repair interactive map

Streetlight repair interactive map

How long does it take a city electrician to replace a light bulb? It’s not a trick question. The answer: It depends on where you live.

City repair records indicate that residents in some Los Angeles neighborhoods waited an average of eight days to have their lights repaired, while some waited just two.

Repairs lagged both in the city’s wealthiest and poorest districts. With such a wide region to cover, officials struggled to provide even-handed service. Spots of darkness annoyed and unnerved residents across town. Now, the Bureau of Street Lighting may soon ask residents to pay more for maintenance — a proposition that could meet some resistance.

“They’re already paying for those services, and they deserve them,” said Councilman Curren Price Jr., whose South Los Angeles district is among the slowest. “They should have the lights on.”

Bureau of Street Lighting officials blame the delays on equipment, geography, copper theft and budget cuts. Some neighborhoods have 90-year-old systems and the bureau doesn’t stock replacement parts; crews have to wait for orders. And they say it simply takes longer to drive to Brentwood from East Hollywood, where the central maintenance yard is located.

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