beautiful," she said of the lights. "He would
An estimated 700 to 800
people turned out for the much anticipated ceremonial
lighting on the Port of Los Angeles Cruise Ship Promenade,
the waterfront boardwalk just below the bridge.
Most had waited years
for the moment. "I've donated dollars, pennies
and quarters," said Sergio Espinoza who came with
his wife, Myrna, and their two children Marcus, 11,
and Julia, 3.
100 percent worth it," he said after seeing the
lights go on. "It was worth the wait."
as the LED lights were turned on for the
The San Pedro Bay Historical
Society was on hand to pass out books about the bridge.
Bridge lighting committee members distributed hats
and other memorabilia that had been sold as fund-raisers
since the bridge lighting effort began in 1988.
Many in the crowd came
with family members and cameras to capture the moment.
"This is such a
historic day here in San Pedro and really in all of
Los Angeles," said Los Angeles City Councilwoman
Janice Hahn, wearing a bright blue blazer in honor
of the lights.
"After years and
years of frustrating hard work, we are finally going
to light the gateway into Los Angeles."