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March 27, 2006 | Paul Thornton
IF IT WERE any other two-hour window during the week, I would have happily pledged my soul to the patron saint of Los Angeles street parking. A few Friday mornings ago on my block, hundreds of feet of gorgeous curbside concrete were exposed to the street, none of it red. Alas, I may as well have been stranded on a lifeboat in the Pacific -- not an inch of this prime real estate was available for automobiles. "No Parking. 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Friday. Street Cleaning."
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February 7, 2014 | Sandy Banks
Most reporters I know have a story they've covered that's stuck with them, long after the journalism was done. Mine is about Eddie Dotson, a man who lived for years on the streets, under a freeway near USC - until I met him in 2009 and helped his family retrieve him. I wrote a column then about Eddie and the elegant sidewalk dwelling he'd built from other people's castoffs: He didn't have water or electricity, but he had matching candlesticks...
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 1987
The City Council has raised fees for garbage collection and street cleaning nearly 8.6%. The new monthly collection rates, which took effect Wednesday, are $5.64 per single-family dwelling unit and $5.22 per residence in multiple-dwelling units. Monthly commercial and industrial rates were increased an average of 2.49%, city officials said. The new rates start at $50.99. Residential street-sweeping charges were increased from $.95 to $1.27 per month. Commercial rates went from $2.05 to $2.61.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 2012 | By Alexandra Zavis, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Department of Public Works, backed by police and firefighters, on Tuesday launched a major cleanup effort on downtown's skid row to address urine, feces, discarded needles and other health dangers cited in a recent county report. The operation, requested by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, is expected to last up to three weeks and is focused on the area between 5th and 7th streets and Gladys Avenue and Wall Street. Notices were posted Monday on neighborhood walls, and officials with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority canvassed the area for weeks to ask people who sleep on the sidewalks to move their belongings during the cleanup, said Michelle Vargas, a spokeswoman for the Department of Public Works.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 1990
A 73-year-old woman was swept up by a city street maintenance truck in Los Angeles Tuesday. Irene Denim, of South Los Angeles, was reported in fair condition at County-USC Medical Center after being treated for scrapes and bruises on the left side of her body, a hospital spokeswoman said. Denim was undergoing tests to determine whether she suffered any internal injuries, the spokeswoman said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 1998 | VANESSA HUA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The street-cleaning crew's orange vests and yellow dump trucks are the only splashes of color on a rainy skid row morning. The workers rake up soggy bagels, paper plates, athletic socks and foam cups into a huge pile. A skip loader noisily swallows the trash and spits it into the dump truck. The crews then head off to another skid row spot identified by police earlier that morning--a narrow brick alley that often doubles as a movie set.
NEWS
November 26, 1989 | DEAN MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Raymond Pearce says he is a bit of a fuddy-duddy. He likes things nice. And that includes the street outside his Mar Vista home. Twice a week, Pearce takes a broom, rake and trash barrel to the curbside and cleans up the leaves and litter wedged in the gutter. He easily fills the barrel. "Our streets never get swept," the 39-year resident of Clarkson Road said recently. "I am retired and have the time to pick things up. But most people don't have the time.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 1998
For decades Valley residents have been complaining about the lack of city services, such as street cleaning. Petitions are circulating in an effort to get enough signatures to study the merits of secession because supposedly residents are fed up with the lack of services. Well guess what? Just recently new "No Parking for Street Cleaning" signs went up in a number of Valley neighborhoods. Many of us were delighted, after all these years, at the prospect of having clean streets and gutters once in awhile.
OPINION
November 14, 2005
Casting my vote Tuesday cost me $45. After parking in front of my polling place adjacent to several other cars, I returned after voting to find a street-cleaning parking ticket on my windshield. The other cars parked there were ticketed as well. Maybe I should have checked the street signs before I parked, but if West Hollywood can suspend parking restrictions on Halloween night, can't Los Angeles do the same on election day? Turned out to be an expensive exercise of my constitutional right.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 1995
Hurrah for The Times' editorial regarding the Chiquita Canyon landfill ("A Question of Priorities," Oct. 22) and the one proposed for Elsmere Canyon, and the attitudes of those who make the decisions. The same holds true for other areas in L.A. County. There's a notable difference between the services afforded to neighborhoods in the affluent areas of the Valley, such as street cleaning, street maintenance and landscaping in public areas and so on. Simply because certain groups are less articulate or do not exert as much influence does not mean that they deserve less attention from those who represent them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 2010 | By Raja Abdulrahim
Omar Haroon guards the secret of his Friday prayers parking spot even from close friends. People ask, but he refuses to spill. For much of his life, the 33-year-old hedge fund manager has attended prayers at the Islamic Center of Southern California in Los Angeles' Koreatown district. And for much of that time, congregants have coped with a parking shortage by arriving early, by using illegal spots or by generously -- and privately -- tipping parking attendants at nearby businesses.
BUSINESS
May 3, 2007 | Alana Semuels, Times Staff Writer
The Rev. Al Sharpton will lead a protest today in New York in an effort to pressure major music companies into banning three pejorative words, including the one that forced shock jock Don Imus off the airwaves. Supporting the campaign to clean up rap lyrics is hip-hop pioneer and mogul Russell Simmons, who co-founded Def Jam Recordings and founded Russell Simmons Music Group.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 2006 | From Times Staff Reports
The City Council on Friday approved spending $850,000 to clear tree limbs that snapped during the recent heat wave. Limbs typically droop in the summer, but the extremely high temperatures over the last two weeks caused many to fall in the streets, particularly in the San Fernando Valley, the hottest part of the city. The city's Bureau of Street Services has received 50% more calls than it usually gets at this time of year, the council was told.
OPINION
March 27, 2006 | Paul Thornton
IF IT WERE any other two-hour window during the week, I would have happily pledged my soul to the patron saint of Los Angeles street parking. A few Friday mornings ago on my block, hundreds of feet of gorgeous curbside concrete were exposed to the street, none of it red. Alas, I may as well have been stranded on a lifeboat in the Pacific -- not an inch of this prime real estate was available for automobiles. "No Parking. 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Friday. Street Cleaning."
OPINION
November 14, 2005
Casting my vote Tuesday cost me $45. After parking in front of my polling place adjacent to several other cars, I returned after voting to find a street-cleaning parking ticket on my windshield. The other cars parked there were ticketed as well. Maybe I should have checked the street signs before I parked, but if West Hollywood can suspend parking restrictions on Halloween night, can't Los Angeles do the same on election day? Turned out to be an expensive exercise of my constitutional right.
NATIONAL
October 3, 2005 | J. Michael Kennedy, Times Staff Writer
Bourbon Street stinks. One of the most famous addresses in the world is filled with trash after Hurricane Katrina, and the stench at some points is overwhelming. Dumpsters are filled with black plastic bags and other trash, because only now is the city beginning to collect the debris accumulating for a month in the French Quarter. Beer bottles are everywhere. The street is awash with National Guard members, police from all over the country, firefighters and volunteers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 1988
Reading Dallek's article brings to mind a number of frustrating incidents where I've searched in vain for a parking space in Westwood or Beverly Hills only to see parking facilities offer spaces at $1 per hour, or empty streets with loads of parking space, but no spaces available for me because of parking restrictions. The city councils should either rescind these parking exemptions or substantially up the fees. Charge the local residents $1 per hour per day, 365 days a year, for a total yearly fee of $8,760, to reserve their space on the street.
OPINION
November 10, 1991
Holden et al., have it backwards. The city should award rebates to those who park on lawns. They give the street to others. High density, multi-car families, street cleaning, yard sales, relatives, repairmen and, most importantly, vandalism and theft combine to make lawn parking essential. The lawn parking ban is archaic and should be off the books. The gripe about devaluation is a smoke screen. Houses are priced out of reach for most people. The aesthetics may suffer somewhat with a car on the lawn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 2003 | Bob Baker, Times Staff Writer
The 53-year-old diabetic with a weakened heart, a white, unkempt beard and several missing front teeth awakens in his $35-a-day room the size of a jail cell, cradling his electric guitar. He gets dressed and shambles a couple hundred feet down the street to a seedy BART plaza in the Mission district. He sits on a battery-powered amplifier, plugs in the guitar, puts a cardboard donation box on the ground and begins to play and sing.
OPINION
February 9, 2002
Once again, as I view the proposed new City Council districts, I see gerrymandering is alive and well in the city of Los Angeles ("Proposal Calls for Giving a 5th Council District to Valley," Feb. 3). So many "fingers" and misshapen districts, simply to achieve the desired number of citizens of the right race, nationality or political party. In my neighborhood we live in the 10th District, our nearest school is in the 5th District and our local police station is in the 11th District. Stop the insanity!
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