A proposal to install new street lights across five blocks of Elysian Valley emerged victorious on a second vote by property owners who would pay to maintain the lighting. The second attempt was held after an earlier vote-by-mail election held late last year failed to gather enough support among property owners to create a new lighting district. Spearheaded by Council District 13, the second campaign to win over property owners included community meetings and the creation of a Facebook page. During the second ballot, about 65% of the votes – which were weighted based on property values- came in favor of the street lights, according to the City Clerk. The annual assessments for private landowners would range from about $68 to about $260 a year.
Council District 13 spokeswoman Julie Wong said work on installing the new lights is expected to begin in two months, with completion expected by early next year.
When turned on next year, the 135 lights will make up the third batch of new street lights that have been added in Elysian Valley in recent years.