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Follow-Up: Los Angeles Officials Moved To Clean Up Piles Of Rotting Garbage After Report Details Health Dangers

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dana @ 6:32 pm

[guest post by Dana]

[Ed. Ignoring pleas for help from residents of the city, and the subsequent procrastination of city officials to confront the enormous health threat posed by the mountains of rotting garbage and a dangerous rat infestation speaks to why so many Americans loathe elected officials in general.]

In a follow-up to my post about the mountains of rotting garbage and subsequent rat infestation on the streets of Los Angeles, we are learning today that the city has begun to clear the garbage. Funny how far bad publicity can go toward motivating politicians. It’s also sad that that is what it takes:

Just 48 hours after the I-Team exposed a mountain of trash, that stretches for almost a city block, Los Angeles appears to finally be taking action.

Sanitation crews started clearing away the mountain of garbage on Ceres Avenue late Wednesday afternoon, as rats scurried all around in an alley between downtown LA and the Fashion and Produce districts. The giant public health hazard has been expanding just a mile and a half from Los Angeles City Hall and LA’s mayor has ignored the filth.

As the I-Team has documented, this pile had been left to fester and rot since last fall, even though business owners have been calling the city to have it cleaned up.


Minutes after the city cleared away the trash on Ceres Avenue, I-Team cameras caught rats running all over the area, which is next to LA’s Produce District.

But really, this is some serious bullshit pushed by city officials who said earlier this week that it would take at least 90 days for the city to clear the garbage. Angelenos should be relentless in the public shaming and calling out of their city officials for their blatant lies and bureaucratic laziness.

Residents and business owners realize that, at best this is but a temporary fix given that the city still has no rat abatement plan in place. This, as well as there being a seeming lack of interest in tackling the problem in both the short and long term. And if Mayor Garcetti’s refusal to answer questions from NBC’s I-Team is an indicator. After having made numerous requests to talk with the Mayor, his spokesperson told the I-Team that they could possibly catch the mayor at a public event.

Note: Los Angeles City Hall has already encountered a problem with rats in the building. Worse, Deputy City Attorney Liz Greenwood, whose office is at Los Angeles’s City Hall, was diagnosed with typhus in November of last year. She believes it was the result of being bitten by fleas in her office.



  1. Los Angeles is simply taking its sanctuary city policy seriously, via creating ideal sanctuary habitat for rats.

    As for city hall, they’ve had a rat problem for years. I blame the voters for continuing to elect them.

    Seriously, I suspect the reason for government recalcitrance here is so that they can continue to ignore the fact that it’s their policies that are causing the garbage and rat problem in the first place.

    Comment by Arizona CJ — 5/23/2019 @ 8:37 pm

  2. I agree with everything you said, Arizona CJ. :)

    Comment by Dana — 5/26/2019 @ 1:10 pm

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