Gardena is one of the poorest neighborhoods in San Francisco, and for years, residents have been fighting for a new light for their neighborhood.
In recent years, some residents have started using the lights on Gilroy Avenue, a stretch of streets in the neighborhood that has seen the most murders in the city.
One group, the Gilroy Green Neighborhood Association, started a program called Gardena Swap Meet that allows people to meet and swap light bulbs.
Gilroy residents have long wanted a light that could be purchased at a nearby hardware store, but the community’s leaders said that wasn’t possible because the store didn’t sell the bulbs.
One solution to this problem was to get a permit for a light truck to come in and light up Gilroy, but that didn’t happen because the building was so small.
Then, last year, the community voted to make Gardena the first neighborhood in the entire Bay Area to get lighting that could meet the needs of the residents.
A local tech company, called G2G Lighting, also offered to buy some of the bulbs, but some residents were skeptical.
“We wanted to see if it was real and if it’s going to be safe,” said Gilroy resident Eric O’Connor.
“The other thing is we had a lot of people who said, ‘You know, I think I’ll buy it, I’ll go buy it.
But I don’t want it in my backyard.'”
But the community decided to take a stand.
“When we voted to get this light truck, we were so confident that it was going to work,” said O’Connor.
“So, we started the process of getting a permit, and then we started doing a lot more work.”
So far, they have been able to purchase more than 600 of the 400 bulbs they need to light the neighborhood up.
“If you look at the numbers of people killed here in Gilroy this year, it’s one-third of the entire city, and the majority of the victims were African-American,” said Green Neighborhood Executive Director John Poynton.
“This light is going to help them feel safe.”
The Green Neighborhood also received the help of Gilroy’s mayor, who said he has been working to get people to buy the bulbs for a few months now.
“It’s been a lot about the community working together and the community understanding what we need to do,” said Mayor Mark Farrell.
“They’re not going to buy these bulbs out of convenience, they’re going to take the money and invest it in this community,” said Farrell. “
The mayor said he also hopes that the community will have more resources to help get the lights installed. “
They’re not going to buy these bulbs out of convenience, they’re going to take the money and invest it in this community,” said Farrell.
The mayor said he also hopes that the community will have more resources to help get the lights installed.
“For the last five years, we’ve been trying to get more money from local government and the state for things like street lighting and infrastructure improvements, and so far, nothing has come our way,” said Poyton.
That’s why I’m hopeful that this light will be a huge help, and hopefully, people will come in.”