Audit: It’s Time for Some Changes to L.A.’s Street Sweeping Program

If some L.A. streets seem a little dirty to you, it’s probably because they are. Only 34% of the city’s streets are getting any type of regular cleaning, according to a city controller audit released Wednesday. In fact, some are getting swept weekly even though they don’t really need it. The rest just sit there day after day -- some for a year or more -- collecting debris until someone complains or city employees get a little extra time on their hands.

Controller Ron Galperin says it’s time for the Bureau of Street Services to overhaul the process for deciding which streets get cleaned and when. A more organized and effective system could save the city some significant cash and do away with the uneven neglect.

According to the audit, there were wide discrepancies in maintenance depending on location. Streets in the west San Fernando Valley were cleaned least often, while 36% of those south of the 10 Freeway were swept every week.

Read more at the L.A. Times.