What is the Clean Communities Initiative?
Councilmember Huizar’s Clean Communities Initiative (CCI) is a comprehensive $1.5 million plan to repair the district’s worst sidewalks, trim thousands of trees, plant and maintain hundreds of new trees, increase graffiti removal, perform community cleanups, fund illegal dumping surveillance cameras, and a new bulky item and trash removal crew for CD14.
Targeted Sidewalk Repair Program
In the absence of a citywide sidewalk repair program, Councilmember Huizar allocated $500,000 in discretionary funds to replace the most severely damaged sidewalks in Council District 14. Sidewalks repaired so far include a library, multiple parks, a senior center, a school, and a church.
16 Million Square Feet of Graffiti Removed in CD14
Since 2005, contractors hired by Councilmember Huizar, who work 7-days a week, have removed nearly 16 million square feet of graffiti in Council District 14! Councilmember Huizar also led efforts to create a graffiti tracking program in the City of L.A. to assist law enforcement to arrest chronic offenders, who are responsible for the majority of graffiti in the City.
Clean Up Crew Maintains Clean Streets
CCI cleanup crews, Fuego Tech Fire Rangers and Clean and Green, are doing stellar work as contracted service providers through targeted maintenance, including bulky item pick up, litter removal, and weed abatement on CD 14’s main corridors, alleys and high-use public space. Remember, you and your neighbors can call 311 for Bulky Item pickup and graffiti removal.
Monthly Bulky Item Drop-off Dumpsters
Councilmember Huizar hosts several large dumpsters throughout Council District 14 one weekend a month to provide residents an opportunity to dispose of bulky items properly. Call your local field office for more information.
Additional Trash bins on Sidewalks
Councilmember Huizar partnered with local community organizations throughout the district to sponsor the installation of more than 200 new and improved Automated Litter and Recycling Bins along commercial corridors in CD14. These hard-plastic, durable bins are high volume and fit for automated pick-up and will be maintained by the Bureau of Sanitation.
Surveillance Cameras & Increased Fines for Illegal Dumping
As part of CCI, Councilmember Huizar purchased video cameras to place at “hot spot” illegal dumping locations. Councilmember Huizar also championed new City laws for stricter and heavier fines for individuals and companies guilty of illegally dumping items on streets and alleys.
Street Tree Planting
In the largest effort of its kind in 50 years, Councilmember Huizar partnered with community organizations, city departments and generous donors to bring 272 new trees to Eagle Rock and Highland Park. The Bureau of Sanitation received a grant to plant 200 trees and Councilmember Huizar teamed up with the neighborhood organizations to provide funding for two years of maintenance, which is critical if the trees are to survive, grow and thrive.
Trimming Thousands of CD14 Trees
With the City’s tree trimming program on an unacceptable once-every 15 years track, Councilmember Huizar has utilized discretionary funds to trim thousands of trees along the main corridors of Council District 14. Latest CCI efforts have resulted in the trimming of about 2,500 trees in Boyle Heights, El Sereno, Highland Park, Glassell Park, and Eagle Rock.
The Clean Communities Initiative echoes Councilmember Huizar’s track-record of quality of life policy work and constituent service programs:
- Increased Fines for Illegal Dumping
- Ongoing Bulky Item Pick Up Program for Multi-Family Residences
- Adopted Graffiti Tracker Program, Which Uses Photos and GPS Data to Help Fight Graffiti
- Led Council in Authorizing Administrative Penalties for the Illegal Posting of Handbills
- Secured Council Agreement to Restore Full Median Maintenance Citywide After Services Were Cut in 2010
- Called for 311 City Service App