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L.A. County Finds Health Code Violations in Skid Row PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christina Hoag Associated Press   
Thursday, 07 June 2012 02:40

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The city of Los Angeles is violating the county health code for hazardous conditions on Skid Row, including nearly 90 rats' nests, a dozen hypodermic needles and 90 piles of human excrement on sidewalks, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has found.

The department ordered the city to clean up the 10-block core of Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles by this week and will start making routine inspections, roughly every week, to ensure that hygiene is maintained, said Jonathan Fielding, county director of public health.

"The situation has reached a point where it needs a systematic approach," he said. "Conditions seem to have been exacerbated there. There are more people, more material of different kinds on the sidewalks. That does pose clear health hazards."

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 June 2012 02:41