After years of darkness, the lights of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power headquarters and its fountains were turned on tonight. Not turned, on, though, (due to still needed restoration) were some of the exterior lights that are particularly spectacular.
The occasion was a black-tie-dinner at the Music Center across the street to celebrate tomorrow's inauguration of Antonio Villaraigosa and to raise funds for LA's Best, the after school program. The reason was that after the lights had been turned off during a power shortage - even though there was never any power shortage at night - it had became politically impossible for the DWP to re-light the building.
So while the city spends hundreds of thousands of dollars to re-light neon signs that can only been seen by a handful of people, the most spectacularly lighted building in LA (visible from many parts of the city) has remained dark.
However, after Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council voted to ask the DWP to re-light the building and its fountains at night, Ron Deaton agreed to turn on the lights for tonight's event. It is up to the powers that be to decide if the building and its fountains should be re-lighted - forever.
UPDATE - Daily News has photo of building: