Why can't Daly City or PG&E resolve this problem?

Daly City, unfortunately, cannot fund the replacement and upgrades alone. Over the last decade, the City has struggled to keep up with increasing costs and inflation. For a city that is primarily residential and lacks a diverse economic base, the revenue received does not keep pace with the costs to provide services. When the Great Recession hit, the City cut staff positions and employees made concessions. Despite these efforts, the City continues to face financial challenges. If the City were to fully fund the upgrades through a "save and pay" model (no borrowing and cash only), the project would take approximately 20 to 30 years to acquire enough funding for replacement.

High Voltage PG&E Transformers & Switchgear

Street lights on the western side of Daly City are powered by high voltage PG&E transformers and switchgear. Recent experience indicates most street light failures (9 out of 10) are the result of failures in PG&E power supply equipment. Daly City cannot control the problem with PG&E equipment but can convert the Daly City street lights to lower voltage. Converting to a lower voltage would eliminate the high voltage PG&E transformers and switchgear which cause frequent outages. In addition, replacement of the regulated outputs ROs would be with the latest LED technology, which would lower energy costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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1. What areas are most affected by street light outages?
2. How long has this been a problem?
3. Is the City turning off the street lights to save money?
4. What are the side effects of street light outages?
5. How frequently do street lights fail?
6. How long do the street lights stay off?
7. How does street light outages impact residents?
8. Why would street light outages impact businesses?
9. Why can't Daly City or PG&E resolve this problem?
10. I pay my taxes, why can't the City fully fund street light replacements?
11. What are the options to repair the street lights?
12. What is an assessment district?
13. How much will a street light conversion cost?
14. How much will a property owner potentially have to pay?
15. How are funds collected?
16. Where can I find more information about assessment districts?
17. What causes the street light outages?
18. Why are street lights so difficult to repair?
19. What are the possible solutions to the street light outages?
20. Where are regular street light outages happening?