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Who to Call for Street Light Problems
updated: Oct 13, 2011, 5:01 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

Who do I call to ask about a street light on my block? The one light there flickers on and off. This is the lower east side, where there is one light/block To have it not working is concerning. I checked the city web site but found nothing. I found Looking Good Santa Barbara, called the number they referenced, but it didn't answer. I left a message there several days ago, but again, no answer.

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 COMMENT 222458 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-10-13 05:19 PM

I'm presuming that this is in the city? And you want the streets/traffic division of Public Works to DO something??

HahahahaHAAAA!!! That's cute.

Good luck with THAT! They don't return calls and when you talk to anyone else in Public Works they transfer you somewhere else--and you get a recored message.

There really should be a Grand Jury investigation of Public Works.


 COMMENT 222459P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-10-13 05:22 PM

It depends if the light is Edison-owned or City-owned.
If City, Jim Dewey is the supervisor in the Streets division that deals specifically with lights. The City's website has a form you can fill out to report streetlight outages but they don't always follow through unless you follow up.


 COMMENT 222461P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-10-13 05:25 PM

Along those same lines, has anyone had luck having street trees thinned out so that the street lights can be effective?

The strawberry trees lining our block are so dense they block all the light.

Seems they could be pruned quite a bit and still be pretty, the sidewalks would be brighter at night, and less debris would be falling on our cars. To be clear, I don't think the trees need to be removed, just pruned.


 COMMENT 222462P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-10-13 05:25 PM

Here is the link for the form.


 COMMENT 222468 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-10-13 05:40 PM

Look in the yellow pages under the city or county government you live in.


 SHARON93111 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-10-13 06:55 PM

Try 211....they always seem to have the right answer...or know who to ask.


 COMMENT 222488 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-10-13 07:09 PM

If the light is on a "telephone" pole, or edison pole, it is SCE. If the light is stand alone.....just a street light, then it is city and if you can post on edhat, I bet you can find a number with the city who can fix the light, just google it. I had edison fix a light recently and they were very quick.


 COMMENT 222548P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-10-14 08:12 AM

The above link isn't working (perhaps it's the edhat preamble?), but this link is the one to use for SB City street light outages.

I reported a street light outage within the last year and got a pretty good response - within a week or so of my follow-up phone call. Good luck!


 COMMENT 222569 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-10-14 08:35 AM

The City's Streetlight Hotline is (805) 564-5416


 COMMENT 222585 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-10-14 09:04 AM

Lower De La Vina is so dark at night it is dangerous. Wish they would PUT IN SOME STREET LIGHTS! I'm afraid of getting mugged (or worse) when I come home from my night job!


 COMMENT 222650P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-10-14 10:53 AM

My neighbor has a flickering light in front of her house. She said she saw a blue light outside her window and it freaked her out a little.


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