North County man upset city hasn't repaired street lights in more than a year

Posted at 5:10 PM, Oct 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-12 20:56:04-04

4S RANCH, Calif. (KGTV) - A North County man said he’s frustrated with the City of San Diego because he said it has not repaired several streetlights in his 4S Ranch neighborhood in more than a year.

“When you walk, you don’t know what’s in front of you.You can’t bring the flashlight all the time,” said Al Ryan, who often walks at night because the temperature is much cooler.

Ryan pointed out more than five streetlights that did not turn on along his walking route near Del Norte High School.

Ryan said he filed a report with the city in October of 2016. The same order said the city closed the report in March of 2017. However, Ryan said the lights were never fixed.

“We paid the taxes and they should do something about it,” he said.

A city spokesman said crews inspected the lights and found nothing wrong in March. However, he said another crew would return as soon as possible to inspect the lights again.

The complaints are nothing new for the City of San Diego. Last December, San Diego City Councilman Scott Sherman said the city’s Audit Committee found the system used to repair the city’s 60,000 streetlights was inefficient.

“[I] wasn’t really surprised actually with the amount of complaint we’ve received about streetlights,” said Councilman Sherman at the time.

A Sherman spokesman said a fix for that system is currently in the works as well.