Bad news: The thoroughly vandalized streetlights along the L.A. River Bike Path are still dark, and you could crack your head, run over a sleeping homeless guy or get mugged at night if you don’t have a good headlamp.
Good news: The L.A. Department of Public Works Bureau of Street Lighting is on the job. I saw a city truck out there a week ago, laying cones on all the wiring vaults!
So thoughtful. Maybe it helps the crackheads spot the vaults more easily so they can bash them open and extract the valuable coppery goodness in record time (see photo after the jump) …
They also put a helpful “High Voltage” warning sign on the vault up at one end to serve as a reminder that if you’re going to be stealing wiring you should first carefully short out the circuit breaker so you don’t get a little burn.
Is the city working to restore these lights? Or are they just happy to accept the risk of people wrecking their bikes, getting mugged, running over the sleeping homeless and filing the inevitable round of liability suits?
Is there a single crooked metals-buyer somewhere in Atwater Village who knows exactly what’s going on and doesn’t mind so long as the cheap copper keeps coming in?
Is there a DPW engineer scoping out vandal-proof wiring vauilts? Is this system ever going to be fixed?