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How To Vote On New Streetlights — And Other Headlines

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A streetlight in Los Angeles.
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Be home before the streetlights come on” is a common saying that kids who grew up spending a lot of time playing outside would hear from parents.

All about streetlights voting

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Whether or not we made it in on time, the streetlamps served as our guiding light, letting us know it was time to get in the house before it got dark — and, possibly, unsafe.

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I know I can’t be the only one that takes these lights for granted. Did you know that sometimes in L.A. we have to vote on streetlights before they’re installed?

Today, votes are being tallied for streetlights in certain areas of the city. My colleague Caitlin Hernández takes us into the brilliant world of streetlight voting — why we do it and which streetlights are up for a vote now. They have all the info you need to know right here.

Also, voting on streetlights isn’t the only way to take action and make your area shine brighter. You can also petition the Bureau of Street Lighting to begin an assessment process for lights on your street.

So, what makes these specific streetlights we're voting on so special? Read more about how tax and assessment laws come into play when it comes to which streetlights require a vote.

As always, stay happy and healthy, folks. There’s more news below — just keep reading.

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Let's talk about WILD love with Erick Galindo

Megan Tan and Erick Galindo are separated by flowers with text that reads, 'Wild Spring Fling.'
Erick Galindo and Megan Tan of LAist's WILD podcast, host a WILD Spring Fling on Wednesday, April 19.
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What is the wildest thing you would do for love? For me, it’s probably singing Bobby Caldwell’s hit song in public.

My colleagues Erick Galindo and Megan Tan certainly have some thoughts on the matter. They are the co-hosts of the new LAist Studios WILD podcast season: I Think I’m Falling in Love, which as you can guess, is all about our favorite four-letter word. It’s a serialized show that’s all about people’s grandest gestures of pure devotion and adoration.

Erick, a Southeast L.A. homegrown journalist, takes us Way Back in the Day in L.A. this Wednesday with his list of the “Most Rewatchable, Yet Absolutely Cringy ‘90s Rom-Coms.

He has some of my favorites on there — 10 Things I Hate About You, The Wood, and Groundhog Day — and he shares what makes them great. If you love these movies too, you gotta check it out.

Lastly, make sure you check out Erick and Megan tonight as they share their wildest stories of what they did for love on the Wild Spring Fling live show at 7 p.m. in the Crawford Family Forum.

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