“Just replacing those light heads will improve lighting up to 30 percent in some areas,” Lohr said. Officials also hope to replace short light poles with taller ones to be placed in a more structured pattern. More security patrols will be added, tram services will be increased, and centralized walkways leading from the lower parking terraces will be built. “Just the good lighting, more active security and better trams will make a difference,” Couso-Vasquez said. “In the short term, it’ll be a 30 percent improvement for lighting and a 100 percent improvement for students. “And you can’t get those kind of numbers in government today,” he added. “That’s a pretty good buy in my book.” firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Sometimes, the smallest things can make a huge difference when it comes to safety, Rio Hondo College trustee Garry Couso-Vasquez said. For example, it would not take much time or money to trim back large trees and bushes that obstruct lighting in the lower terrace parking lots, Couso-Vasquez said Tuesday as he toured the hilltop campus with administrators. “All you need to do is some weed-whacking and trimming hedges to bring in more light in these spots,” said the trustee, who also is chief of police in Montebello. “This is actually a very safe campus,” Couso-Vasquez added. “When I walked the streets \, I tried to pin people down when they said they felt the campus was unsafe. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“But they could never tell me,” he said. “It’s just a perception.” With 35 years in law enforcement, Couso-Vasquez was uniquely suited to help assess lighting needs and safety at Rio Hondo College, which is scheduled to undergo a massive overhaul in the next seven years. Measures to increase campus safety will be included in the college’s Facilities Master Plan, a comprehensive strategy for the construction overhaul. The college’s board of trustees is scheduled to adopt the plan this summer. The bulk of the planned renovations, including new buildings, a road and lighted walkways, will be paid for with the college’s $245 million bond, which voters approved two years ago. Steven Lohr, facilities services director, said light fixtures are already being replaced in the parking lots. Brighter, more energy-efficient nighttime lights will replace the current “orange glow” lighting.