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Trying to Rid the Streets of Abandoned Shopping Carts [Updated]

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Abandoned shopping carts lining the streets are a neighborhood nuisance, but one the city has had trouble solving. That could change today when the L.A. City Council takes on a proposal to institute an ordinance that would have businesses control their shopping cart inventory by using technologies to stop them from leaving store grounds.

[Update: the motion was unanimously approved.]

The move comes after a six-month pilot program in 2007 that had city staff proactively cruise Council District 6 in the Valley to report and/or collect carts. In that time period, an overwhelming 6,880 carts were collected from 128 storeowners. To implement that program citywide would cost the city an estimated $9 million per year.