Los Angeles sanitation officials are under fire in the wake of recent findings that the cleanup of illegal dumping in poor neighborhoods has lagged behind more affluent areas.
Mayor Eric Garcetti is ordering the Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation to clear a backlog of tens of thousands of outstanding requests dating back to 2010 to clean up illegally dumped trash.
The Los Angeles Times reported in August that since 2010, cleanups for more than one-third of logged requests to remove refuse from central, northeast and south Los Angeles neighborhoods were never recorded. In other parts of the city, sanitation workers closed 99 percent of the illegal dumping complaints.
Sanitation officials have attributed flaws in their response time records to a botched computer program system introduced last year.