LA City Hall Overrun By Rats

Rains, staff cuts blamed

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — It’s no secret that City Hall has its share of vermin, but up until now it was mostly limited to the two-legged variety.

Not anymore, says KNX 1070’s Claudi Peschuitta.

While there is no shortage of theories seeking to explain the infestation — ranging from leftover food to budget cuts — city officials say it’s the recent rainy weather that has brought out the rats.

The situation has reportedly deteriorated to the point that officials have purchased electronic devices known as “rat zappers” designed to trap and kill the rodents.

Some workers have suggested recent staffing cuts combined with a rainy December have contributed to the surge.

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  • CA562DUDE

    Rats are just another word – Elected Officials

    • JustFollowing

      These must be the Democ type.

      • desert

        So is Wash. D.C.! Oh….you mean 4 legged rats!

    • tom

      And they also discovered rodents living there too

      • Russ

        democ rats.

      • steve

        Darn!! I wish I had said that!

      • Jack Kinch(1uncle)

        That’s Demo rats.

    • SA wallick

      You made me laugh and so does the headline of this article. It allows our minds to be creative. Well said, whomever wrote the headline for this article.

    • Annie

      You’re right! If all of the rodents, small and large, were removed from public edifices continually, there would be far fewer problems in this society. Starting in DC and working down to the local levels, vermin need to be dispatched. Note to all Marxists: this does not mean that I am suggesting that a deranged madman open fire upon innocent citizens or elected officials. I am, however, suggesting that voting laws be changed so that rational Americans vote and the others do not.

      • zig

        What, are they giving Bush a pass on this one?

      • birdenOtruth

        Nice call Annie. Written and practical tests are given to drive a car, why should the same not hold true for voting and more importantly… having children ??

      • Rick Daniels

        I think you’re in the clear Annie. They’re going to blame Palin.

      • Haakon Dahl

        I’d be happy enough to limit the franchise to American citizens, competent or otherwise. One can be determined with a minimum of argument, the other will never be settled.

    • edcoil

      They use to call them politicians.

  • Tax Payer

    Yeah alot of 2 legged ones.

  • LawsonC

    WHy dont they get a couple of Feral cats to take care of the rat problem (spayed and neutered of course)

  • 2958

    Isnt that were all the rats work!!!!

  • ginny25

    LawsonC, great idea. Imagine how we could cut down on the number of cats in our shelters and it’s such a low cost way of solving the problem. Wish it was that easy to deal with the 2 legged ones.

  • Alan C Rhine



    Go ahead, and show a picture of the cute furry four legged kind. Why not show a real picture of the two legged two FACED City officials!!

  • Ed

    They are still outnumbered at City Hall by the 2-legged kind.

  • T McC

    I don’t care much about L.A. politics, but that opening line is really pathetic. This is why journalism in the U.S. is dead: everyone is either a demagogue or a standup-comedian-in-training. You’d think we could tone it down a bit, especially after all the Arizona madness. Way to go, CBS. You’re a class act.

    • Guido


      • GLADYS1


    • meester

      Guido proves your point T McC

  • kenmandu

    Boy, you can say that again!

  • elected taxpayer

    people please stop complaining!!! most pets fill at home with thier owner.

    • Skip Cashwell

      ain’t it funny how owners & pets look exactly like each other? hard to tell the difference…LOL

  • Rudi

    I don’t know how to add to that headline. Says it all. However, I don’t think a supposedly objective news source should be taking shots, not when they too have more than their share of two legged vermin in their employ. Stick to the news and let us take the shots CBS, and maybe important stuff like… oh let’s say the lies about WMD might not slip by you so easily next time. Word.

  • Jackie

    Just keeping company with the rest of the two-legged ones.

  • Tim Tyler

    So if it’s OK for hordes of illegal immigrants to invade Los Angeles to work, live & commit crimes in Los Angeles, why is it not OK if another species of animal to occupy City Hall?

  • time to nuke los angeles

    […] […]

  • That's just nature

    There are more rats than people downtown
    Civic center,They come out of the storm drains
    at night and crawl through the ivy during the day
    scrounging through all the trash and food people
    drop during the day.

    • jimonthebeach

      Nuke the San Andreas erathquake fault and the western part of the state will fall into the Pacific Ocean. San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Jose, San Francisco, Oakland and Marin County will all just float out to sea and obilivion. We can only hope.

      • Rick Daniels

        No I want it to just slide INTO the Pacific. That would help clear out Hollywood lefties AND…. I hope, I hope, I hope, Al Gore will be at home in his new mansion!

  • Flannigan

    How the RATS keep defeating the Republicans every election cycle is no mystery when you realize how stupid California voters really are.

  • Rick Tavares

    Adds a whole new meaning to the German word “Rathaus”, which literally means city hall…

  • Rick A Hyatt

    Will the the new rats raise taxes, too?

  • jaline

    They’re not rats…they’re DemocRATS.

  • 86-44

    Sure, but what about the rodent problem…?

  • Red Ruffansore

    So stop electing them…oh wait, Californica. We know, you juuuust can’t help yourselves.

  • Fred W

    I thought they were finally realizing the truth about our politicians, how disappointing.

  • Aunt Bee

    Comparing rats to public servants is an outrageous and over the top attack on those absolutely bribe free, pension free, overtime free, health care free, holiday pay free, vacation free, adult education free, food stamp free … self supporting industrious mammals.

  • Cowboy

    “LA City Hall Overrun By Rats”

    And rodents

    • ranac1

      When tom Bradley was mayor. the government and city hall were clean. Now that LA is a sancturary city, they have to accept all comers!

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