Don’t give street sweepers the brush-off, you need them

City service not cheap, but vital

CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH—A street sweeper cleans the streets of Agoura Hills. Sometimes cars get in the way. RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers

Some city services have a clear purpose—for example, garbage trucks keep trash from piling up in the streets. Others are not so apparent.

Street sweepers provide a service that may not be entirely obvious to the casual observer. Westlake Village, Calabasas and Agoura Hills all contract with private street sweeping companies to remove trash and keep water...

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