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Street sweeper free in Silverlake?

Eastsider LA had it first, and initially it sounds like a dream: imagine an LA free of street sweeping. No loud machines, no tickets, no need for a car-moving reminder service. The dream came true on a quiet street in Silverlake: for the last five weeks, area residents have been spared the sweeper's wrath. Much like in rarely-swept Austin, TX: chaos didn't take over. Instead, the streets just got a little dirtier.

But of course, this being Los Angeles (and not Austin) only the sweepers stopped coming. Parking enforcement officers--aggressive and absurd in their pursuit for citations--have still swung by each Friday to hand out tickets to the residents that fail to move for the phantom trucks. Frustrating, huh?

Eastsider's call to the public works reveal that the sweeper's absence is probably a result of the budget cuts. But why the parking enforcement? Isn't that illegal?