LA’s Odor Issues Persist With ‘Putrid’ Smell In Southeast LA
Los Angeles County has another odor problem plaguing residents.
Residents across Southeast L.A. took to social media this week, posting about an overwhelming odor in the air. Cudahy Mayor Elizabeth Alcantar says that smell has been around all her life, usually in the morning.
“We typically have this strong, putrid odor. It's the smell of dead animals, rotting eggs — you're really not able to put a word to what that smell is,” Alcantar said. “It's very strong.”
She said the smell lately has been more frequent and stronger. But for air regulators to do something about such a public nuisance, they have to receive around six-to-10 complaints a day.
Regulators require residents to report an odor and wait for an inspector every time they smell it. A person who files a complaint has to wait, sometimes hours, for an inspector to come verify the odor. Alcantar says that's just not possible for working families.
“There's a process issue that I think isn't really catering to our communities,” she said.