“I had half of mine broken and spent half the day … trying to put them back together,” Graham said, adding that some of his neighbors don’t have that option. “There’s a lady who lives a couple-three doors down who’s a widow who doesn’t get around very well,” he said. “I think it puts a terrible imposition on someone.” Dennis Weber, the Bureau of Street Services general superintendent, understands residents’ frustrations. But with a list of 340 locations that need sprinkler repairs, there’s only so much five plumbers can do. “There are many, many sprinklers that are broken,” he said. “If we had more plumbers we could probably do a quicker job.” But that doesn’t look likely any time soon. While sidewalk repairs are a property owner’s responsibility, city crews are responsible for fixing pathways damaged by city-owned trees. From 1978 to 2000, the city did not have a sidewalk-repair program. But in 2000, the mayor and City Council created one and budgeted $9million to repair 46miles of the most damaged sidewalks. The money available for sidewalk repairs has fluctuated annually since then, with $5.1million budgeted this year to repair 39miles of sidewalk. Much of that money is dedicated to a 50-50 program in which residents chip in with half the cost of sidewalk repair. But a tightening citywide budget means the Bureau of Street Services has to make do with the plumbers it has to fix the sprinklers that inevitably get broken by backhoes and root-trimming equipment during sidewalk repairs. City Councilman Tony Cardenas, who represents Graham’s area, said the sprinkler-repair wait is yet another frustration with the city’s massive backlog of sidewalk and infrastructure repairs. “It’s always a victory when a neighborhood sees a new sidewalk,” Cardenas said. “But the delays are frustrating enough without having to wait even longer for a sprinkler to be fixed.” email@example.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! With the city facing an 80-year backlog, most homeowners would be happy to finally have their cracked and uneven sidewalks replaced. But some residents are grumbling because their lawn sprinklers get broken during the sidewalk project – and there’s an eight-week backlog for getting them fixed because the city has only five plumbers to do the work. Gary Graham learned about the sprinkler-repair backlog the hard way, when he returned last month to his Van Nuys home and found the moderately cracked sidewalk on Petit Street being repaired – and his lawn-irrigation system broken. Graham called about it, and he was told he could wait two months for a repair crew or fix the sprinklers himself.
It was a good night for the leading teams in the Championship as the top four all recorded victories.Hull maintained their one-point lead thanks to Mohamed Diame’s 48th-minute goal in a 1-0 win at Ipswich.Burnley won by the same scoreline against Nottingham Forest, with Sam Vokes scoring in the 68th minute.Middlesbrough had to come from behind to post a 3-1 victory against Cardiff.Fabio’s first goal for Cardiff after 20 minutes was cancelled out five minutes later by a calamity moment for his team-mate Matthew Connolly, whose attempted clearance ended up in his own net.Gaston Ramirez popped up in the 63rd minute to put Boro ahead and David Nugent made sure of a first win in six shortly after Grant Leadbitter had missed a penalty.It was rather easier for Brighton, who emphatically ended Bristol City’s winning run with a 4-0 victory at Ashton Gate.Jamie Murphy and Sam Baldock put the Seagulls two up in 21 minutes, Tomer Hemed extended the lead in the 56th minute and a Mark Little own goal rounded off the scoring, with City missing a late penalty.Sheffield Wednesday climbed to fifth after a 1-1 draw with QPR on a mixed night for Atdhe Nuhiu.Daniel Tozser put Rangers ahead shortly after Nuhiu had missed a penalty but the Wednesday man made amends by netting a 63rd-minute equaliser.Birmingham moved to within three points of the play-off places and deepened Bolton’s woes with a 1-0 win thanks to Clayton Donaldson’s 29th-minute goal.It is looking increasingly likely that Dean Holdsworth will be chairman of a League One club, with the Trotters now seven points from safety.It would have been nine but 10-man Huddersfield scored a late equaliser to earn a 1-1 draw with MK Dons.Alex Revell put the Dons ahead in the 28th minute and Philip Billing was sent off four minutes after half-time but Nahki Wells popped up with an equaliser in the 86th minute.The other sides in the bottom three also lost, with Charlton going down 2-1 at Preston and Reading beating Rotherham 1-0 thanks to Hal Robson-Kanu’s 66th-minute strike.Callum Robinson scored the winner for Preston in the 52nd minute after Johann Berg Gudmundsson had quickly cancelled out Joe Garner’s opener. Charlton’s cause was not helped by a red card for Harry Lennon.A stunning goal from Lewis Cook earned Leeds a 1-1 draw with Fulham, who had taken the lead through Tom Cairney’s third of the week. The Londoners had Fernando Amorebieta sent off in stoppage time.John Swift scored twice for Brentford and Sergi Canos once as they eased to a 3-0 win against Wolves.Result in fullBirmingham 1-0 BoltonBrentford 3-0 WolvesBristol City 0-4 BrightonBurnley 1-0 Nottingham ForestIpswich 0-1 Hull CityLeeds 1-1 FulhamMiddlesbrough 3-1 CardiffMK Dons 1-1 HuddersfieldPreston 2-1 CharltonSheffield Wednesday 1-1 QPRReading 1-0 Rotherham 1 Brentford eased to a 3-0 win against Wolves