This post originally appeared on Orphan Road.

Kery Murakami reports:

If it’s seemed darker getting around Seattle, it’s been in part because more streetlights have been out, as I reported in a story back when I worked at the P-I.

Nickels announced today that he’s proposing that $2.1 million authorized in this year’s City Light budget be spent earlier to let crews catch up with the backlog of all the burned out lights on the streets.

Speeding up streetlight repairs? Must be an election year.