Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Scott Wiener secures $9M for streetlight upgrades

Posted By on Tue, Feb 4, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Supervisor Scott Wiener on Tuesday announced a deal that will add funding for streetlight repairs in San Francisco without amending an upcoming bond measure related to earthquake safety.

Last week the Board of Supervisors postponed a vote on the $400 million Earthquake Safety and Emergency Response Bond after Wiener proposed adding $25 million for streetlight repairs.

On Tuesday, Wiener released a statement saying the Mayor's Office and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission agreed to secure $9 million over the next two fiscal years. As part of the agreement, The City will also assess the needs of the long-term capital needs of streetlights citywide.

“For too many years, City Hall has allowed our streetlights to deteriorate and accumulate huge deferred maintenance,” Wiener said in a statement. “As a result, streetlights frequently fail, which undermines public safety and neighborhood quality of light. We need to refocus on fixing these lights and making them more reliable."

Wiener said that with the streetlight funding secured he would support the earthquake bond without additional money for streetlights.

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