“Outstanding service. They were extremely careful delivering the extra large container into our driveway.” -- A. L. GARNER
DeForest Wetlands Saturday morning.The new open space, just south of DeForest Park and next to the Los Angeles River, was once an overgrown illegal trash dump that has been converted to a river parkway with freshwater wetlands, trails and native plants. Redeveloping the wetlands cost $8.5 million – money that came from county, state and regional agencies – and is part of the city’s much larger RiverLink park master plan. The park, on land owned by Los Angeles County, is designated as passive recreational space, officials say – a place where visitors can bird watch, horseback ride or just walk around. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at the park entrance, at Chestnut and DeForest avenues. Mayor Robert Garcia, councilmen Rex Richardson and Al Austin, and other city officials will be there. More information: 562-570-3150. (ng Beach officials to christen new wetlands park that was once the site of illegal trash dumping)
And then there are the cars themselves, one of which appears to have spontaneously combusted earlier this week in Los Angeles. According to the owners, the car caught fire at random, with no crash. Or, there’s the report earlier this week of a semi-truck hauling Teslas catching fire on I-80 near Patrick, Nevada. Admittedly, this isn’t Tesla’s fault, but it’s further proof that Tesla may want to avoid anything flammable for the foreseeable future. We won’t even mention the Model S on Autopilot that rear-ended a parked firetruck last month. Tesla recycling machine catches fire at Fremont, California campus on Reusters Read next: Apple announces new warranty program for faulty MacBook and MacBook Pro keyboards ... (sla factory becomes literal dumpster fire after recycling machinery goes up in flames)
Baloncici / Dreamstime.comLast year Los Angeles City Council gave a handful of companies control of trash and recycling pick-up for all businesses and apartment buildings in the massive metropolis. Now these same council members are acting shocked that eliminating market competition has led to price-gouging and poor customer service.The City of Los Angeles has a citywide dumpster fire on its hands. In just the first six months of the new system, the city has received close to 30,000 service complaints. Some customers' trash bills have doubled or tripled. Citizens have launched a signature-gathering campaign to try to force a citywide vote to kill parts of the program.This program, called RecycLA, was sold to city leaders as a way to shift more trash to recycling and away from landfills to achieve a 90 percent diversion rate by 2025.What the program actually did, though, is deliberately eliminate all competition for trash hauling. The program divides the city into 11 massive districts. Every commercial or apartment buildi...
Every one of my properties has had a price increase, and quite a few now pay upward of twice what they paid before.Los Angeles used to have more than 100 trash haulers working within it, but City Hall decided to make L.A. a franchise-exclusive zone for garbage service with seven haulers. The city signs off on the charges, and the trash haulers pay the city to be allowed to work within it.City Hall is really making it harder for lower-income and the middle-class people to live in Los Angeles. I wonder if any of the City Council members who voted for this system live in an apartment or condominium complex that has been affected by these price increases.Our properties are suffering. We literally cannot afford these higher prices. On top of that, the haulers don’t even pick up recycling half the time.David Carmona, Woodland Hills..To the editor: Thanks to the Los Angeles Times for its continuing coverage of the crisis created by the city’s new trash collection system.At our nine-unit building, we have experienced the same skipped pickups and delays. In exchange for this reduction in service, our monthly fee for trash service rose from $240.69 to $418.82. That’s an annual $2,138 increase in one fell swoop.How can this be legal, and what can we do about it?Randy Henderson, Valley Village..To the editor: My building’s recycling bins have been overflowing for weeks because of missed pickups. The worst part is that people keep adding to the blue bins even though it is obvious they are maxed out.This has created a potential ... (Los Angeles Times)
The city of Los Angeles may soon pay homeless individuals to collect garbage.The Los Angeles City Council Public Works and Gang Reduction committee approved a motion earlier in November to hire homeless individuals to collect garbage. The motion, which was written by city councilmembers Bob Blumenfield and Joe Buscaino, also aims to address the excess garbage on public walkways and streets – one of the issues residents most frequently report to the city.The two councilmembers referenced in the motion the success of similar programs, like the graffiti abatement program, which allows social service programs to hire transitional workers and members of the homeless community to paint over graffiti in various areas around Los Angeles.Some Westwood officials said they are skeptical about whether the plan would be successful in actually helping homeless individuals.Lisa Chapman, president of the Westwood Neighborhood Council, said she thinks paying homeless individuals to pick up trash is not the most be... (Daily Bruin)