Tuesday Must Reads: Oakland Goes Green to Fight Crime; State to Nearly Triple the Number of Refinery Inspectors

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1. Oakland has begun to replace all 30,000 streetlights in the city with energy-efficient LED bulbs that also could help lower the city’s crime rate because they improve nighttime visibility, the Chron$ reports. The LED lights are 40 percent to 60 percent more efficient than traditional high-pressure sodium bulbs, and city staffers say the energy savings will not only finance the $14.4 million project, but also will save the city an additional $7.7 million over fifteen years. The city also will receive a $2.9 million rebate from PG&E. In addition, city leaders hope that better lighting will result in less crime on Oakland streets.

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