LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — How dirty is the city of Los Angeles?

City officials are expected to debate that question at a City Council meeting Wednesday as they consider a motion to develop a strategy to assign
cleanliness ratings to streets and neighborhoods across the Southland.

Introduced last October, the motion from Councilmember Gil Cedillo (PDF) calls for a plan to target and remove tagging, trash piles, and toilets dumped in sidewalks across the city.

“You can’t fix a problem if you’re not honest that you have one.” City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana told KNX 1070’s Claudia Peschiutta. “It’s not gonna be a very pretty map initially, because it’s gonna reflect what all of us see in real life.”

The ratings system is just one recommendation in the CleanStreetsLA plan developed by Fuse Corp executive fellow Mark Thomas, the details of which have been laid out in a report (PDF) released Tuesday.

Under the proposal, the city’s Board of Public Works would oversee the initiative to improve communications and avoid issues such as providing incentives for residents to replace old toilets with more efficient ones without the inevitable dumping.

“You saw toilets popping up all over the city,” said Thomas.

The plan also calls for utilizing paid observers who would track local issues rather than relying on residents to report them to the city.

The City Council is scheduled to discuss the plan at 10 a.m. at City Hall.

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