Residents within the lighting district of the Ridgewood Wilton Neighborhood Association (RWNA) have given the Bureau of Street Lighting initial approval towards the installation of ornamental lighting. The final ballot to confirm installation will be mailed to residents by the end of January or the beginning of February.
The lighting district is most of Ridgewood Place south of Beverly, and most of Wilton Drive between 1st and 2nd Streets. The area currently has no streetlights whatsoever, causing concerns about safety and crime for many area residents.
Interestingly, the city of Los Angeles does not and has never paid for street lights. Any street lights you see were either installed by the original contractors to the area or have been installed by residents who foot the entire bill for installation and maintenance in perpetuity. The cost of street lights is figured by frontage, so each house is a little different. The number of streetlights needed and the cost will be discussed at a meeting on Thursday, Jan 31st, from 6-8pm a the Wilshire Library, 149 N. St Andrews Place. The RWNA Street Lighting Committee is hosting the meeting with representatives from the Bureau of Street Lighting, LAPD and Council District 4. At the meeting, residents will be told how the process will proceed and be able to ask questions.
More information can be found at the Bureau of Street Lighting website.Ridgewood Wilton Neighborhood Association Street Light Meeting Thurs, Jan 31, 2013 6 – 8 pm Wilshire Library 149 N St Andrews Place
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Julie co-founded the Larchmont Buzz with fellow buzzer Mary Hawley in 2011 and served as Editor, Publisher and writer for the hive for many years until the sale of the Buzz in August 2015. She is still circling the hive as an occasional writer.