Sunday, January 3, 2016

Rosebud Ave: New Year, Same Old Problems

Photo: Esteban Gonzalez, January 2, 2016.  The first dumping of 2016 under the 2 Freeway on Rosebud Ave includes a black folding chair and light blue sectional couch.  Gonzalez immediately reported it using the City's MyLA311 app.  

It's often difficult to get dumping picked up there is no address, as in this case.  So be very descriptive in the location (under the 2 Freeway on Rosebud between Corralitas and Allesandro) and always include a photo so they can't say they didn't see it.  These steps have made a big difference for getting results in our neighborhood.

The City has been threatening not to pick up trash on rainy days because they're afraid of storm drains being blocked.  Last October, a storm drain in Boyle Heights was blocked by a mattress and other debris, flooding homes and streets. 

Of course, if you live on a hillside street with Red Flag Day No Parking, you already know there is often confusion over not only the City's notification, but with people actually paying attention to it.  (Their choice of wording may make sense to parking enforcement and LAFD, but it only confuses normal people.)

Maybe the City should just send out extra bulky item trucks to sweep through the areas  routinely prone dumping problems prior to rain events.  It's a safe bet every City Council's field office and every neighborhood council could provide a list of hot spots for dumping.  

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If you see someone dumping, take a photo, and/or write down a license plate and report it to the police immediately 1-877-ASK-LAPD.  Even if you have to wait on hold for a long time, if you have a license plate and vehicle description it's important to report it.  Then report the dumping to MyLA311, as the police do not call it in for bulky item pick up.  Unless the City gets those reports via 311, they don't pick it up. 

The City will not pick up dumping from private property.  Apparently, neither does the Red Car Property owner despite our regular notifications.

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