California State University, Long Beach
Inside CSULB Logo

Supervisor Provides Funds for Streetlights Around CSULB

Published: October 13, 2008

Don Knabe

Photo by Victoria Sanchez
At the check presentation are (l-r) L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe, Long Beach city councilman Gary DeLong and CSULB President F. King Alexander

Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe has presented $135,000 to the city of Long Beach to help fund new energy-efficient streetlights that are being installed adjacent to CSULB to improve safety for students and members of the community.

Knabe, the City of Long Beach and CSULB joined together in a partnership to share the costs of the project, which will provide lighting along Bellflower Boulevard from the main campus entrance at Beach Drive to Atherton Street, and along Palo Verde Avenue between Atherton Street and State University Drive. Night students who park in these areas will especially benefit.

“After hearing about the safety concerns related to the lack of sufficient streetlighting on the university’s frontage roads, as well as the great opportunity this would provide to the city to move forward with one of its key sustainability initiatives — energy efficiency — it became clear to me that this was something the county should definitely take part in,” Knabe said as he presented a check to the city.

This pilot project features approximately 45 new energy-efficient, LED streetlight fixtures. City staff will monitor the lighting levels and energy consumption to determine whether similar lighting should be used in other parts of the city.

“Long Beach is fully committed to environmental sustainability, which is essential to the city’s future,” said councilmember Gary DeLong, who represents the 3rd District, which includes CSULB. “I’m pleased to note that this project is the first of its kind in the city, and one of the few currently under way in Southern California. It would not have happened without the partnership of Supervisor Knabe and President Alexander.”

CSULB President F. King Alexander and Associated Students Inc. worked together with the city to address these safety concerns and identify a workable solution. The result of this collaborative effort is the LED Street Lighting Pilot Project.

“As residents of Long Beach and our students already know, these new lights are instrumental to providing a safe campus environment for all,” Alexander said. “I would like to thank Supervisor Knabe, Mayor Bob Foster and the city council for working with us to make this a reality for the campus community.”

The project’s estimated completion date is mid-November.