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KYCC’s Environmental Services joined Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Clean Street Initiative in January 2016 in an effort to clean up trash, weeds and other debris throughout Koreatown, Pico-Union and Westlake. The program was created to complement the Bureau of Sanitation’s free Bulky Item Pickup that city residents can request through the 311 system. While larger items are handled through B.O.S., KYCC’s Clean Streets Program targets smaller items that blight many of our neighborhood streets.

“KYCC coordinates with the Office of Community Beautification in the City of Los Angeles Board of Public Works to handle tree maintenance, weed abatement, and trash pickups,” says Rubén J. Aranda, KYCC Clean Streets Specialist. “We are combining our efforts to create a greener environment for all of our neighborhoods.”

KYCC’s Clean Streets Program is working in partnership with the offices of Council District 1, Council District 10 and the LAPD Olympic Division. The program has been extremely effective in immediately helping to address trash and litter concerns raised by community members. “The diligence, quality and work ethic with which Environmental Services handles each and every request that comes their way through the Clean Streets initiative is nothing short of what Council District 1 has come to expect from the excellent services of KYCC,” said Ana Gomez, L.A. City Council District 1 Field Deputy. “[KYCC’s] crew has been able to provide additional services essential to the quality of life for some of the most densely populated communities in the City of Los Angeles.”

In April, the City of Los Angeles launched “CleanStat,” a new database that uses dashcam video footage to monitor garbage volumes and measures neighborhood cleanliness across the city. The goal is to identify target neighborhoods and to implement more effective procedures to make sure those areas are clean. The database is the first of its kind in the nation.

“Clean streets are important to the health and well-being of every Angeleno—from children who walk to school, to small business owners looking to create thriving commercial corridors,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “This data-driven rating system measures L.A.’s cleanliness, block-by- block, so we can get the right resources to the right place at the right time.”

If you have a street in your community that needs to be cleaned up, please let KYCC know! Send us a cleanup request to environmental@kyccla.org with the location and pictures of the area needing to be addressed. We will contact you to let you know when our staff will be in your area to complete the request.