A common complaint in Echo Park is the sight of overflowing trash cans on Sunset Boulevard. City officials have over the years recommended against installing more trash cans because there was no money to pay workers to empty them out. Well, at least in Boyle Heights and other Eastside neighborhoods, money seems to be available. Today, the City Council will review a motion by Councilman Jose Huizar asking to spend nearly $35,000 to empty out trash cans across his district – which ranges from Eagle Rock to Boyle Heights – up to three times week (Echo Park is split between Council District One and 13).
The contract with non profit agencies covers more than 50 trash cans alone in Boyle Heights. An additional 120 trash cans will get cleaned out along Figueroa Street and York Boulevard in Highland Park, Huntington Drive in EI Sereno and Yosemite Drive in Eagle Rock.
* The City Council approved a substitute motion to fund the trash can cleaning.
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