Echo Park — A crew of workers – some wearing protective suits and face masks – this morning began hauling away the pile of furniture, TVs, baby strollers and trash that had blocked part of a public stairway where a homeless man had set up an encampment for the past month.
The clean up began a few days after The Eastsider posted a story on Monday about the large amount of items that had been accumulating on a flight of steps on the Clinton Street Stairway across from Echo Park Lake. A spokesman for Councilman Mitch O’Farrell had said earlier that the man had refused to leave, delaying efforts to clear away the pile. Officials with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority and mental health specialists had been expected to visit the site before the debris was hauled away.
A police officer and a vehicle from a private hazardous materials waste disposal company were on hand during the clean up.