Lighting up Petaluma's streets

Along some streets in Petaluma in the past couple of years, you might have thought you were living in the Dark Ages.

Not because Petaluma isn't a modern city, but because burnt-out streetlights were a mounting problem.

Residents complained about shadowy streets, bicyclists unwittingly rode into bushes, ne'er-do-wells did their deeds under cover of darkness.

But the city listened to the complaints — and probably more importantly — committed money to reducing the problem, hiring a new streetlight technician whose primary mission was to replace darkened streetlights all day long.

"When you put some resources toward it, you get something done," said Dan St. John, the city's public works chief.

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