Ron Galprin, L.A. City Controller: Addressing L.A.’s Illegal Dumping Problem ?

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.”
  Explore the dashboard  Closing the Gender Gap  Last week, the Los Angeles City Council approved recommendations from Controller Galperin’s report on gender equity, which pointed out that Los Angeles has fallen short of its goals to recruit and hire more women, and to promote women into well-paying jobs. Controller Galperin recommended that the City take critical steps toward gender equity, including developing a strategic plan; creating a working group of City officials and community and labor partners; and requiring the largest City departments to submit annual reports on their efforts.

“My report showed that the City has a long way to go when it comes to gender equity,” said Controller Galperin. “The Council’s action approving my recommendations demonstrates a strong desire to close the gender gap and overhaul the way women are recruited, hired, promoted and paid. I applaud the Council President’s leadership on this issue and will keep working with City leaders to make sure Los Angeles walks the talk on pay equity, which is long overdue.”
  Read the full report  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.”
  Check out the article  Tonight: Join the Conversation  To commemorate Women’s History Month and mark one year after the pandemic first impacted L.A., Controller Galperin is hosting a discussion in his “Conversations with the Controller” series featuring local leaders serving on the front lines of the crisis. The conversation will highlight issues of health equity, housing and homelessness, the economic repercussions of COVID-19 on women and low-wage workers and, most importantly, how to create a better Los Angeles for everyone. Catch this discussion tonight, March 24, on Zoom and Facebook Live at 5:00 p.m. PST.

“One year after COVID-19 first took hold in the area, there is so much that needs to be done to address challenges created by the pandemic and to build a more equitable, responsive Los Angeles for all,” said Controller Galperin. “I am looking forward to hosting this conversation and hope that you can join us for this important discussion.”
  Tune in on Facebook Live  Vaccines for Angelenos  The City is on track to provide more than 70,000 vaccine doses to Angelenos across its permanent and mobile vaccination sites this week, which will account for both first and second dose appointments. Currently, first dose appointments are still available online, with eligibility open to essential workers in education/childcare, emergency services, food/agriculture, janitorial, custodial and maintenance services, transportation and logistics, as well as people 65+, healthcare workers, and individuals with health conditions and disabilities.

“Our City was the epicenter of the pandemic during the late fall and winter months, but now we are vaccinating large numbers of residents and are on our way to a healthier Los Angeles,” said Controller Galperin. “I hope that all Angelenos will get their vaccine as soon as they are eligible. We need to do our part to protect ourselves and our loved ones, and help put an end to this pandemic.”
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