Atwater holiday tree lighting is back on: Last week the organizers of Atwater Village’s annual holiday tree lighting canceled the upcoming ceremony in the face of budget and permit problems. But, this morning, Luis Lopez of the Atwater Chamber of Commerce got a call from a member of Councilman Eric Garcetti’s office with some good news. “The councilman wants the tree decorated and lighted,” Lopez was told. The city’s Bureau of Street Services, which had wanted $11,000 instead of the $5,000 it charged last year for decorating and illumination, has agreed to do the job for about $6,000, said Lopez. That price cut made the lighting of the approximately 50-foot tall redwood in the Glendale Boulevard median financially feasible.

Now that Garcetti has saved the Atwater holiday tree lighting, scheduled for this Friday night, maybe now he can replace the missing Elysian Park snowman.

Photo by C.M./Flickr

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