Postcards from the edge of...Los Feliz
JM, Vermont Car Wash, 4.27.o8
Car Wash Workers Organizing Committee, a United Steelworkers adjunct with some SEIU support, pickets Vermont Hand Wash at Hollywood and Prospect Sunday morning. The bulk of the picketers don't work for the car wash. "No justice, no peace" is the bullhorn chant. The dispute is over Vermont Hand Wash not having a contract with an organization that doesn't have many contracts. It's also over the firing of Jose Torres, an outspoken worker at the company.
If you're Anglo and over forty, you're thinking---"you mean there's such a thing as a union car wash?" Don't doubt; check cleancarwashla.com. The organization released a paper in late March of this year entitled "Cleaning up the Car Wash Industry" [warning: pdf].
The rock goes in first...
Across the street, work is finally underway in the rehabbing of the absurd and neglected flatiron island formed by the triangle of Hollywood, Vermont, and the end of Prospect. The island has been used as a convenient cab layover station for years and years; one is even seen in the photo. But the community for some reason doesn't like the cabs, and the layover zone is likely to go.
Some enterprising scribe should try to learn exactly how much Barrio Planners made off the development phase of the tiny island. Probably enough to buy a little island off the coast of Maine.
Yours truly has enjoyed many a late-night cab ride home from said zone after tee many martoonis downtown and a subsequent uneasy Metro ride home. If it indeed goes, it will be missed.