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Why Is There Illegal Dumping in South LA? It's Not that Easy to Report

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Seven months after the LA Times did a report on South LA's illegal dumping problem, they've found not much has changed. The city says service is getting faster, but the problem persists.

Part of the problem, in our opinion, is that reporting illegal dumping is not streamlined. Currently, the system set up to report it is an inefficient use of city employee resources and is timely for a resident. A call to 3-1-1, the supposedly the one all to city hall, tells the story. Paraphrased, here's how our conversation went down:

"Hello, 3-1-1, how may I help you?" "Do I report illegal dumping to you?"

"No, depending on what it is--debris or furniture--your report it to street services or sanitation."

"What if it is both?"

"Then you have to call both offices and report it."

So what's wrong with this? A few things: