Currently, the crews that repair burnt out street lights work during the day to replace lights that residents of the city happen to report as burnt out. This can cause crews to work on one repair in an area, when there are really several issues in that same area that have not been reported.

Why not have the crews work at night? They would fix an issue reported by a citizen and then fix the other outages in the same area. This would greatly reduce the cost of repairs (less driving time) and improve citizen satisfaction. It would also reduce the number of problem reports sent in to the City which would also reduce costs to the city.

Robert Simmons lives in Mira Mesa.

Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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