Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times
Fernando Diaz, left, talks with his nephew, Anthony Saucedo, in a darkened area of Boyle Heights. The streetlights have been out the last few months because thieves have made off with valuable copper wiring. Other problem spots include the east San Fernando Valley, Wilmington and a three-mile stretch of the Los Angeles River Bike Path between Los Feliz Boulevard and the L.A. Zoo.