The Los Angeles City Clerk has certified that the Ridgewood-Wilton neighborhood will receive streetlights. The City Clerk’s Office reported that a total of 40 ballots out of 56 were returned with 24 affected property owners (representing 58% of the weighted financial obligation) voting in favor of the Lighting District and 16 affected property owners (representing 42% of the weighted financial obligation) voting against the Lighting District.
The project proposes that 32 lamps be installed throughout the area.
As Larchmont Buzz reported in January of this year, 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.
The cost for the streetlight project will be shared by all homeowners based on property frontage. The assessments arrived to property owners this past weekend and responses are due back to the city by July 19th. Property owners can either pay all of the assessment by the 19th, pay part of the assessment by the 19th or none of the assessment by the 19th. Whatever isn’t paid by the 19th is spread out over 10 years with one payment per year at 5.73% interest according to the BSL paperwork.
The neighborhood committee that championed this project included Alysoun Higgins, Laura Dine Million, Nona Friedman and Kathleen Mulligan. Once the street lights are in place the group will bring the neighborhood together to celebrate by having a night-time neighborhood block party.
Earlier Larchmont Buzz post about this project:
Larchmont Buzz: Ridgewood Wilton Neighborhood Organizing to Get Street Lighting