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The Downtown San Diego Partnership today (August 6) will hold a meeting for contractors interested in bidding on all or part of a project to install Christmas-style lights on trees in five corridors Downtown including along C Street and in the Columbia, East Village, Gaslamp, and Marina districts, all of which form the group's Clean & Safe program. The area comprises a Property and Business Improvement District which has recently come under fire for alleged money mismanagement.

According to a request for proposals, the Partnership wants tree lighting wraps to include “a minimum of 60% of each tree trunk and a minimum of five primary branches.” A total of 700 trees are included to be covered with “white (warm hue) Christmas style light strings with 5 mm LED bulbs” throughout the proposed lighted corridors.

The installation project would also include wiring and installation of electrical outlets to power the trees, with main power access coming from existing light poles. After the installation, the Partnership is seeking a service contract to maintain and repair the systems through June of 2015 with a one-year warranty through January 2015, renewable after that.

No baseline cost estimate for the undertaking was listed on the Partnership’s website or in documents outlining the job. Proposals are due by August 13, with a contract to be approved in September and work to be completed by January 2014.

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