Saturday, June 26, 2010

Council Adopts Councilmember José Huizar's Proposal to Institute Higher Penalties for Illegal Dumpers

Don't Dump on L.A.

(Photo credit: Edited version of the new South LA Transit Rider ad)

As chairman of the Los Angeles City Council's Public Works committee, Councilman Huizar championed stricter and heavier fines for individuals and companies guilty of illegally dumping items on the public right of way. Click here for the most recent agenda.

The heavier fines allow the City to assess a fee in the amounts of $500, $1,000, and $1,500 for the first, second, and third violations respectively.

The fines will be administered by the City's Bureau of Street Services, with the City Attorney following up to prosecute violators.

The Bureau of Street Services also conducts stings at “hot spot” locations where dumping is excessive and frequent in order to catch violators in the act of illegal dumping.

In these instances, violators and the associated company are tied directly to the act and swifter fines and heavier penalties can be imposed.

Councilmember Huizar is committed to addressing environmental issues and works tirelessly to improve the quality of life for Council District 14 residents.