The Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation is being ordered to clear a backlog of tens of thousands of outstanding requests dating back to 2010 to clean up illegally dumped trash.
Sanitation officials also will be instructed to immediately provide an explanation for any disparities in service between neighborhoods, according to a spokeswoman for Mayor Eric Garcetti.
The mayoral directives follow an internal investigation by Garcetti’s office into service at the city sanitation agency.
The inquiry was prompted by a Times report this month that found clean up of illegal dumping in many poor areas of L.A. lagged behind more affluent neighborhoods. Those disparities persisted even as Garcetti devoted new attention and money to clearing refuse from sidewalks and alleyways.