Streetlights, People: Supe Plans Call For Hearing On SF’s Burnt Out Lights

A San Francisco supervisor today plans to call for a hearing on broken streetlights in the city.

Supervisor Scott Wiener plans to make the request at this afternoon’s Board of Supervisors meeting after holding a previous hearing on the subject in June 2012.

San Francisco’s approximately 45,000 streetlights often suffer from burnouts and other failures and are frequently not repaired promptly, according to Wiener’s office.

Around 6,000 burnouts are reported each year, according to his office. About 26,000 of the lights are maintained by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, and the rest are overseen by PG&E.

Wiener also plans to call on the two utilities to develop a more pedestrian-friendly streetlight system.

“Most San Francisco streetlights are high above the ground and focused on streets, not sidewalks,” Wiener said in a statement. “As a result, many blocks with streetlights nevertheless have dark sidewalks.”

The hearing requested by Wiener will take place before the board’s land use and economic development committee, likely by the end of this month or in October, according to Wiener’s office.

Today’s board meeting is the first since the supervisors’ annual August recess.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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