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April 26, 2012 | By David C. Nichols
This post has been corrected. See note below. Noble social intent accompanies “The Imaginary Life of the Street Sweeper, August G.” at Casa 0101. In its American premiere, Armand Gatti's surreal fantasia about revolution and labor unrest isn't the last word in polemic, but it does its best to be. First produced in France in 1962, “August G.” is based on Gatti's father, a World War I veteran and the titular street sweeper. The raw, starkly episodic script incorporates agit-prop, stream of consciousness, elegy and satire as it follows August G. at various times in his life, often simultaneously.
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November 21, 2013 | By Kerry Cavanaugh
Listen up, street-sweeping ticket haters. In another push for transparency and better use of technology in the city of Los Angeles, the Department of Transportation has begun posting each day where parking enforcement will be relaxed because the street sweepers aren't coming. This could be helpful. If you've got the foresight to check the site in the morning, you may discover that the street sweeper is skipping your route and you don't need to move your car to avoid a $73 ticket.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 1988
A street sweeper caught fire in the parking garage of a hotel Sunday morning, causing $12,000 in damage before firefighters could put out the blaze, authorities said. No one was injured. The fire was reported at 9:15 a.m. at the Irvine Hilton & Towers at 17900 Jamboree Road, according to a spokesman for the Orange County Fire Department. The cause of the fire was under investigation, the spokesman said. Fourteen firefighters brought the blaze under control in less than 10 minutes.
WORLD
October 27, 2012 | By Julie Makinen, Los Angeles Times
BEIJING - With cameras rolling, the reporter from state television's new "Are You Happy?" segment marched up to a Shanghai street sweeper in a turquoise jumpsuit and thrust his microphone forward. The workman froze for a moment, mouth agape at the reporter's questions about his quality of life. He makes three times the salary he did five years ago, he acknowledged. But he also alluded to China's inflation, and added that there was a gap in his social security coverage. "I hope the leaders would help people like me," said the street sweeper, who like so many others is a migrant from the hinterland.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A Santa Paula man died early Monday after the car he was driving slammed into the back of a street sweeper in Oxnard. Julio Garcia Bracamontes, 21, was pronounced dead at St. John's Regional Medical Center about four hours after the crash, which occurred shortly before midnight Sunday on Rose Avenue south of Wooley Road, said Cmdr. Lee Wilcox of the Oxnard Police Department. The cause of the accident has not yet been determined, Wilcox said. Venco Western Inc. owns the street sweeper.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 1993
The City Council voted this week to spend $108,000 over five years to purchase a new street sweeper. The new vehicle will replace the city's 10-year-old sweeper, which is now broken and would cost more to repair than it is worth, City Manager Jerry L. Bankston said. On Tuesday, the council voted to pay $24,756 to Nixon-Egli Equipment Co., which sells the sweeper. It will be the first of five annual payments that the city will make to pay for the vehicle.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 1998
Retiring street sweeper Larry Lieswald provided the final brushoff, but Mayor Richard Riordan supplied the send-off Monday morning when the Rosemead man ended 33 years of cleaning downtown Los Angeles. Riordan surprised Lieswald by joining him for breakfast when he rumbled to a stop in his 15-ton sweeper outside Nick's Cafe on North Spring Street. Lieswald, 61, was profiled last week by The Times.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 1991 | LESLIE BERGER and JOHN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A toddler was crushed to death beneath a street sweeper Tuesday morning as he crossed a Sun Valley intersection holding his mother's hand, officials said. The mother and son had just left a market and were crossing to the south side of Saticoy Street when the nine-ton sweeper turned right on a green light from Vineland Avenue, knocking the boy to the ground, pulling him beneath its wheels and killing him, Detective Anthony Bartolotto said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 1998 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
From mean streets to clean streets, Larry Lieswald has watched Los Angeles' transformation from a perspective few can match. For 33 years he has piloted a street sweeper along a 20-mile downtown route bounded on one side by skid row and on the other by the city's glitzy financial district. When he started scrubbing streets in 1965, the tallest commercial building in town was 13 floors, and street crime consisted mostly of benign winos drinking in public. That didn't last long.
NEWS
November 21, 2013 | By Kerry Cavanaugh
Listen up, street-sweeping ticket haters. In another push for transparency and better use of technology in the city of Los Angeles, the Department of Transportation has begun posting each day where parking enforcement will be relaxed because the street sweepers aren't coming. This could be helpful. If you've got the foresight to check the site in the morning, you may discover that the street sweeper is skipping your route and you don't need to move your car to avoid a $73 ticket.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 2012 | Gale Holland, Los Angeles Times
A bleary-eyed Chui Hom tripped down her apartment stairs at 8 a.m. sharp and started her car. She didn't get far. The vehicle inched across Riverside Terrace, a narrow one-way lane in Echo Park, and stopped on the other side. Hom is part of Los Angeles' Great Street-Sweeping Do-Si-Do. Twice a week, residents of Koreatown, Pico-Union and other neighborhoods with more apartments than parking spaces race to their cars, hoping to move them before parking enforcement officers arrive and ticket them for blocking street sweepers.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 26, 2012 | By David C. Nichols
This post has been corrected. See note below. Noble social intent accompanies “The Imaginary Life of the Street Sweeper, August G.” at Casa 0101. In its American premiere, Armand Gatti's surreal fantasia about revolution and labor unrest isn't the last word in polemic, but it does its best to be. First produced in France in 1962, “August G.” is based on Gatti's father, a World War I veteran and the titular street sweeper. The raw, starkly episodic script incorporates agit-prop, stream of consciousness, elegy and satire as it follows August G. at various times in his life, often simultaneously.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 16, 2009 | Ann Powers; August Brown; Randy Lewis
Street Sweeper Social Club "Street Sweeper Social Club" (Independent Label Group/ Warner Music) * * * 1/2 Just last month, some critics questioned the continued relevancy of the fairly mild political discontent expressed on Green Day's latest album, "21st Century Breakdown." Well, Billie Joe Armstrong can breathe easy now. There's a new explosives unit in town, and this one is radical enough to really reap the scorn of those who think there's no more room for protest in rock.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 22, 2009 | Choire Sicha
Tom Morello is perhaps best known as the guitarist for rock bands Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, but the politically minded L.A. transplant has recorded as the Nightwatchman and has just created another band, Street Sweeper. His West Coast "Justice Tour," which benefits regional nonprofit PATH (People Assisting the Homeless), stops at the Music Box @ the Fonda on Saturday. -- You went to Libertyville High School in the northern Chicago suburbs. How did you like it?
OPINION
January 10, 2002
"New 'Alimony' Figure Is Inflated, Secessionists Say" (Jan. 5) states again why the Valley wants to and should secede. We pay $20 million annually in taxes more than we receive in services from the city. This is abundantly clear when you try to get a police car to respond to a crime. I have not seen a street sweeper in the West Valley for months. Have they all gone downtown? Have you ever tried to call downtown for any service? Be prepared to be on hold as they switch you from one department to another.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A Santa Paula man died early Monday after the car he was driving slammed into the back of a street sweeper in Oxnard. Julio Garcia Bracamontes, 21, was pronounced dead at St. John's Regional Medical Center about four hours after the crash, which occurred shortly before midnight Sunday on Rose Avenue south of Wooley Road, said Cmdr. Lee Wilcox of the Oxnard Police Department. The cause of the accident has not yet been determined, Wilcox said. Venco Western Inc. owns the street sweeper.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 1998 | MIMI KO CRUZ
City officials have adopted a budget that calls for increased spending on street improvements. The projects, ranging from street repaving to storm drain repair, are part of the city's image improvement. Each year, officials dedicate more money for such projects. More than 60% of the $27.3-million budget for fiscal 1998-99, however, will be spent on public safety, including fire and police services. The budget also calls for outside contracts for street-sweeping and tree-trimming services.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 1998 | JULIO V. CANO
City streets would be swept twice a week rather than once under a proposal being studied by the city staff. Acting City Administrator Ray Silver said sending street sweepers around twice as often could cost the city as much as $200,000 a year. But, he said, that could be paid with money generated from parking citations. Officials estimate about 20,000 citations would be issued annually at $32 each.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 2001 | STANLEY ALLISON and SEEMA MEHTA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In their battle against beach pollution, a growing number of coastal communities are turning to an unconventional weapon: street sweepers. Once considered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to require a major investment of time and effort that offered little payoff, street sweepers have been gaining favor as technology has improved over the last two decades.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 2001 | STANLEY ALLISON and SEEMA MEHTA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In their battle against beach pollution, more coastal communities are turning to an unconventional weapon: street sweepers. Once considered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a waste of time and effort, street sweeping has been gaining favor as technology has improved over the last two decades. Sweepers of the 1980s removed litter and large dirt particles, but not fine, highly contaminated sediment that researchers believed could then more easily wash into waterways and the ocean.
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