The installation of the decorative lanterns in the eastside of Santa Monica Boulevard is complete. Well, sort of… West Hollywood City Manager David Wilson reported in a recent update that the lanterns are up and lit, except for a string of lights closer to the West Hollywood Gateway that are blown out, and will remain so until they are fixed in the next couple of weeks.
“The decorative lights on Santa Monica Boulevard on the eastside have been installed,” he said. “While testing the lights, the contractors found out that the routers that were installed at Plummer Park are not communicating with the lanterns of the far east near La Brea Avenue. They had to order another one and that needs to be installed and that will be in a couple of weeks. The lights are up and they aren’t all lit yet.”
There are about eight strings of light not working at the moment Between Formosa Avenue and La Brea Avenue.
The City of West Hollywood contracted St. Nick’s of T&G Global, LLC, the same vendor the city used to install the lanterns in the Westside around West Hollywood’s LGBT Rainbow District. Those familiar with the original decorative lanterns at the westside are not surprised by the burned out string of lights on the eastside. It seems one string of lights or another has not worked properly at the Rainbow District since the permanent lanterns were installed along Santa Monica Blvd from N. Robertson Boulevard to Hancock Avenue in December 2019.
On June 15, 2021, the Engineering Division released a Request for Proposal (RFP) seeking a contractor to furnish and install the eastside lanterns.
On August 19, 2021, proposals were received from the following 2 firms:
1. T&G Global, LLC. ($329,114.00)
2. Pro-Cal Lighting Inc ($529,789.00)
Staff determined that St. Nick’s was the lowest responsive bidder that could meet the project specifications, plus it was the firm that installed the existing lanterns in the city’s LBGT “Rainbow District”.
The city is currently exploring to install similar lanterns in mid-city by the Fairfax Avenue area.