Skid Row in downtown L.A. will get additional clean up crews and trash cans thanks to $3.7 million approved Tuesday by the City Council.
The funding is part of Operation Healthy Streets, which was created after a court decision limited how and when city crews can remove personal belongings from the streets and sidewalks of Skid Row. The money — about double what the city was budgeted to spend this year — will provide additional bathroom facilities, storage for homeless residents, and increase the frequency of trash collection.
“Our responsibility … is to ensure that the public health and safety of all people in public spaces are protected and well served,” said Councilman Jose Huizar, who represents the area. “It is a disgrace on Skid Row and we have not done a good job.