Saber ~ Federal Stimulus Money ~ LA River Politics

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Taken from:http://www.spl.usace.army.mil/cms/index.php

LOS ANGELES–Whether simple letters or elaborate, colorful designs, tagging–or graffiti–is considered vandalism and is getting a cover-up along some 100 miles of rivers, creeks, washes and channels of the Los Angeles County Drainage Area and Santa Ana River Basin. Crews from Corps of Engineers contractor BJD Resourcing are removing graffiti by water blasting rock-grouted surfaces. According to the project manager, the process helps keep the natural look of the surface.

“Other areas, where it’s a concrete wall or concrete embankment, we go ahead and cover it over with an approved paint, a waterway-safe paint,” said Jeff Vaughn, project manager, BJD Resourcing.

A one-year, $837,000 contract, funded by the Recovery Act, was awarded to this small San Fernando business, to not only tackle a community nuisance, but give people jobs.

“Through this, we’ve brought on four crews; it’s given new employment to about eight personnel and it’s reorganized about three-to-four other personnel,” said Vaughn.

BJD’s four crews, armed with two generator-powered sprayers and 135 gallons of paint each, cover a total of about 810-thousand square feet of concrete canvas per day. Not necessary to maintain channel function, the enhancement work reduces the amount of deferred maintenance within the Los Angeles District’s flood risk management program and improves the many projects in the area.

“People that live around and work in that community are proud to be there,” said Kelly Howard, operations supervisor in the District’s asset management division. “With the graffiti and so forth—urban blight, basically—what we’re trying to do is clean up our assets and make them look presentable.”

The initial clean-up of all areas is expected to be completed by December. The contractor will continue to monitor and paint over problem areas for the remainder of the year-long contract.

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Below image from: http://revok1.com/blog/2009/09/saber/

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Discussions on:

http://la.metblogs.com/2009/09/04/sabers-world-famous/

http://www.knowngallery.com/blog/post/a-one-year-837000-contract-funded-by-the-recovery-act

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Comments (12) to “Saber ~ Federal Stimulus Money ~ LA River Politics”

  1. Thank You Mr.Obama

  2. I am all for making things that look shitty look much better but how the hell does that look better than what was there? How is spray blasting paint off surfaces not endangering the things hat live in this water and live in where this water drains to? I am not arguing the jobs at all but I guess I kinda like a lot of the art along the river and this seems like a silly waste of money, especially in these times, where we could think of a million better things to spend it on.

  3. We lost a piece of history.

  4. What a waste of money……..

  5. wasn’t that a one of the largest pieces in the world or something? did a project for a city history/historic resources survey class once. i say let’s HPOZ the river and include the graffiti in its context. you know as a site by the railroad graffiti goes back there for 100 years…might think i’m exaggerating but i’m not: http://lacreekfreak.wordpress.com/2008/10/03/hundred-year-old-hobo-graffiti/

  6. wasn’t that one of the largest pieces in the world or something?

  7. what a joke, that was a famous piece. pay people to create art and murals, not to destroy art masking the real urban blight: the la river.

  8. thats wack he worked hard on it and it was one of the biggest peace ever done and it got buffed thats a waste of money for buffing it..
    (SABER MSK_AWR lives on in historie)

  9. WOW they really destroy something in the city that should be kept and put in some type of record as being some thing amazing …. and some dumb fuck buffed it out…FUCK OBAMA !!!! ZRYGO909

  10. Are you freakin kidding me! that was one of the most historical and most monumental graffiti pieces in the world ever!!!! One of my life long dreams was to go and stand on that very spot and see that timeless piece of history in person. Thats jut a dream that wont happen now.

  11. FUCKEN GOVERNMENT SAYS THAT THEY DONT HAVE MONEY TO BUY BOOKS FOR THE CHILDREN AND IS CUTTING DOWN ALL KINDS OF SCHOOL MONEY BUT LOOK AT THIS THEY HAVE THE MONEY TO BUFF SOMEONES WORK? THATS JST WRONG!!! SCHOOL FOR KIDS COMES FIRST!!!!!!!!

  12. This some bullshit…that deserved to be there…
    VERBOER909