Light the Hollywood Sign with Solar Power the Night of the Academy Awards!
  • Petitioned Tom Labonge

This petition was delivered to:

Councilmember, 4th District, City of Los Angeles
Tom Labonge
The Mayor of the City of Los Angeles
Antonio Villaraigosa
Chairman, Hollywood Sign Trust
Chris Baumgart
Chair of the Board, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
Sam Smith
Director of Communications, Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
Leslie Unger
President, Hollywoodland Homeowners Association
Sarajane Schwartz
Member, Hollywoodland Homeowners Association
James Cairns
President, Beachwood Canyon Neighborhood Association
Fran Reichenbach

Light the Hollywood Sign with Solar Power the Night of the Academy Awards!

    1. Petition by

      SOLAR the SIGN


We are a group of volunteers who started a non-profit organization in 2009 to advocate lighting the world-famous Hollywood Sign and other landmarks with solar power as symbols of support for renewable energy.

By signing this petition you indicate your support for lighting the Hollywood Sign with solar power one night a year--the night of the Academy Awards--and your support for renewable energy as a powerful engine for economic growth, national security and our enviroment.

Our plan to light the Hollywood Sign will have no adverse affect on the natural habitat in Griffith Park, where the Sign is situated, or the surrounding neighborhoods. Because LED lights create a directional, focused light and not a spherical light field, they will cause no light pollution, nor will they 'bounce' into nearby homes.

The lightweight system we have designed consists of: 

#1- One mobile solar array parked on the road above the Sign

#2 - One extension cord

#3 - Eighteen lightweight ground-mounted LED lights

The set-up and the removal of the solar equipment will take a matter of hours. The system and the production will be completely noise-free.

Residents in the vicinity of the Hollywood Sign are, understandably, sensitive to tourist and sightseeing traffic on their streets. This is the primary reason the Hollywood Sign is not currently lit at night, and it is why our plan calls for lighting it, as a symbolic act, only one night a year.

A traffic abatement plan will be worked out with the LAPD and the neighborhoods closest to the Sign. Our plan includes a PR campaign to let people know the best view of the lighted Sign will be from the commerical areas of Hollywood, not from the residential areas in the Hills.

Because Solar The Sign is funded by sponsorships and private donations, we can do this at no cost to taxpayers.

Over the past two years, we have spoken to most of the people who can influence the fate of the Hollywood Sign, including L.A. City Councilman Tom LaBonge (in whose 4th District the Sign sits), Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the Hollywood Sign Trust, the L.A. Rec and Parks Dept., the L.A. Dept. of Water & Power, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, local merchants, neighborhood associations, and many residents in the vicinity of the Sign. We have received overwhelming support and encouragement.

Ultimately, however, this decision is a political one, with many voices having veto power. This is why we need you to sign this petition--to express what we have heard over and over again, that this idea should transcend politics and personal interests. As one resident who lives near the Sign said to us, "It's time."

The Solar The Sign Team


Mike Bonifer, Executive Director

Shaheen Sheik, Legal Counsel

Virginia Kuhn, Secretary

Roger Rogers Oldenkamp, Vice Chair

Joseph Grzeskowiak, Treasurer


Brian Hurd

T. H. Culhane

Ron Roecker

Kristen Parrinello

Deep Patel


Rudy Sanchez

Andy Sternberg

Yu-ann Wang

Jeffrey Brick

Georgie Thomas

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 750 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Felix Mendoza SEATTLE, WA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Um. How about every time the hollywood sign is lit it uses solar power?

    • Cecily Barrie SANTA BARBARA, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      I am signing because I believe this makes a huge statement about alternative energy, which can potentially reach millions on this big night in Hollywood. It has far reaching implications that could educate people across the globe.

    • Aimee Van Vliet BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
      • about 3 years ago

      Because clean energy is glamour for the future!

    • Alan Deane GLENDALE, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      It will look brilliant, and it will highlight our cause.

    • Maeda Hiroko CHIBA, JAPAN
      • about 3 years ago

      Please keep harmony with nature,animals and human right.This earth belong to not only human but also animals and plants,other living things.Humans should not commit crime anymore.


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