Friday mornings usually brings a noisy street sweeper to clean away the litter from the 2600 block of Riverside Terrace, a narrow Silver Lake street that winds around Allesandro Elementary School. But, for the last six weeks or so, Riverside Terrace has been quiet on Friday mornings as the city street sweeper has failed to make is regular appearance, said resident Silvia Cerna. Despite several calls and emails to the Bureau of Street Services and the office of Councilman Eric Garcetti, Cerna and her neighbors still don’t know what happened to that street sweeper or if it will return. One city worker suggested that budget cuts and furloughs might be responsible for the missing street sweeper but wasn’t sure.
Meanwhile, litter has piled up near the storm drains and gutter in the sweeper’s absence. However, while the sweeper has been away, parking enforcement officers continue to show up on Friday mornings, issuing citations to vehicles parked Riverside Terrace on street sweeping day. Cerna, in an email service request she submitted to Street Services, said:
“If the City has the man power to continue to issue tickets for parking violations, they should also comply and have street cleaned as scheduled since it is receiving revenue for a service that is not being provided. This is not the fist time this has happened, and frankly it is very frustrating to have to live in a very dirty street where signs are posted stating the street is cleaned every Friday. “
A spokesman for Public Works Department said budget cuts may be to blame for the missing street sweeper, with crews focused on routes with posted signs; those without signs might have to wait two to 12 weeks before a sweeper comes by. But Cerna points out that her street has had Friday street sweeping signs for the past eight years.
Will the street sweepers return to Riverside Terrace tomorrow morning? Stay tuned.