Sun Valley Area Neighborhood Council (S.V.A.N.C) was one of several project leaders citywide to be recognized by the Board of Public Works on Saturday Jan. 14, 2017, as one of the top place finishers in the Clean Streets LA Challenge! The city launched the Clean Streets LA Challenge last Summer/Fall 2016 in efforts to promote more civic engagement in getting some of our toughest city streets clean. Along with focusing on specific problematic corridors that fall victim to illegal dumping, the Clean Streets LA Challenge also emphasized for project leaders and groups to promote the increase use of the MyLA311 app in their respective communities. This app allows Angelinos and the public to accurately report illegal dumping through submission of pictures and exact pin pointed locations of a request. SVANC chose to tackle the Peoria-Tujunga-Bradley Corridor, an area known for some of the city's heaviest illegal dumping activity. The Sun Valley community along with SVANC's leadership were successful in accomplishing their goal of cleaning up the entire corridor as Vice President Cindy Sower put it:
"What does it take to join the CLEAN STREETS CHALLENGE? Team up with some pretty amazing community members, community leaders, volunteers, students, administrators, church members, boy scouts, teen club, police cadets, police officers, political leaders, city council, businesses, families, and more people then you can think of. Over 300 rakes, shovels, brooms, hundreds of trash bags, dust masks, safety vests, gloves, 144 donuts, bagels, 200 breakfast burritos, 100 cups of coffee, 20 cases of water, 200 pupusas, 200 cookies, box of bananas, box of apples, 10 roll-off containers, and 3 tractor loaders. Operators for all, dozen of wheelbarrows, sign-in sheets, and a whole lot more. Thank you to everyone that supported this event. Everyone had one goal, and that was to work so the we can KEEP THAT CORRIDOR CLEAN!"
My office, along with SVANC, local businesses, and Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra will be working towards a long term solution in mitigating ongoing illegal dumping activity on this corridor by closing down the street. Stay tuned as that effort progresses.