LA Controller: Addressing L.A.'s Illegal Dumping Program + Homelessness Opinion Piece

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March 31, 2021
Creating a Cleaner, Healthier City

Today, L.A. Controller Ron Galperin released a report on illegal dumping in the City of Los Angeles. He found that piles of trash, debris and hazardous items in dumped public areas has jumped 450% from 2016 to 2020, with some neighborhoods seeing 500% to 600% increases. His report also revealed that the City’s Bureau of Sanitation (LASAN) is working harder than ever, yet having trouble keeping up with the ever-increasing amount of waste dumped on L.A. sidewalks, streets and alleyways, making it unsafe for pedestrians, cyclists, drivers and all residents. Galperin called for urgent action to eliminate illegal dumping and hold responsible those accountable for the harm it causes local communities.

Accompanying the report is an interactive illegal dumping dashboard mapping the location of illegal dumping cleanup requests and tracking the numbers over the past four years. The dashboard shows Downtown, East L.A., South L.A., the East San Fernando Valley and Watts to the Harbor had the most illegal dumping cleanup requests. 

"Public spaces meant to be used by everyone are being abused by too many,” said Controller Galperin. “Businesses and individuals are illegally dumping thousands of tons of trash, debris and hazardous waste on our sidewalks and streets, lessening the quality of life nearby. The City needs to do more to prevent neighborhoods, especially historically disadvantaged neighborhoods, from becoming dumpsites for scofflaws who either don’t know or refuse to obey our illegal dumping laws. This is an issue of equity as much as it is of health and safety."

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Time to Pivot on HHH

Homelessness remains the leading social and humanitarian crisis in Los Angeles — only further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic over the past year. And despite many efforts to address it, the numbers are on the rise. Controller Galperin recently offered his thoughts and ideas on the issue in an opinion piece published by the Los Angeles Daily News, and sat down for an interview with John Gregory of ABC 7 to talk about what the City needs to do to help people off the streets and get the most out of Prop. HHH.

"Growing up, my parents told me: ‘If something isn’t working, try a new approach,’” said Controller Galperin. “These days, we'd call it a pandemic pivot. Los Angeles needs to heed that advice with Prop. HHH to get people off the streets today and create more supportive units overall."

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Ron Galperin, L.A. Controller