In the wake of the city’s push to crack down on illegal dumping caused by businesses in Downtown, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced that it issued notices to 85 businesses in Skid Row for a lack of compliance with existing storage and trash removal regulations.
According to a Wednesday news release from the department, environmental health inspectors notified businesses of violations related to overflowing trash bins and rodent activities last week.The department does not issue citations, but if businesses do not fix the issues, they could be referred to the city attorney’s office for prosecution.
The teams returned this week to make sure that the business corrected the errors. Around the same time, inspectors surveyed 62 blocks in Skid Row and found overflowing dumpsters, trash-filled alleys and streets and other health related concerns.
The release noted that the department would work with the city to deduce the unsanitary conditions.
“The 2017 hepatitis A outbreak and the countywide increase in flea-borne typhus cases in recent years highlights the need for collective action to address sanitation issues, rodent and wildlife infestations, and illegal trash dumping,” the news release read.
©Los Angeles Downtown News 2019