Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra’s Legislation to Curb Illegal Dumping Heads to Governor’s Desk For Signature

Friday, June 16, 2017

Legislation supported by Los Angeles City Councilwoman Nury Martinez and City Attorney Mike Feuer would allow municipalities to close streets where excessive illegal dumping occurs

Sacramento, CAAssemblymember Raul Bocanegra’s (D-Pacoima) measure to crack down on illegal dumping on city streets was sent to the Governor’s office for signature.  The State Assembly voted 78-0 to approve AB 332, which would allow local municipalities to pass an ordinance to close a street where illegal dumping occurs.

“Streets across the city are being flooded with mattresses, furniture, and many other discarded items,” said Assemblymember Bocanegra.  “Illegal dumping is negatively affecting the quality of life in many of my communities, and AB 332 is a tool for cities to help combat this activity.”

In urban areas, it has become all too common to see couches, dressers, tires, and clothing strewn by the side of the road.  Illegal dumping has plagued certain parts of urban areas where traffic is minimal and the odds of being caught are low.  As a result, huge unsightly piles of garbage accumulate with impunity, leaving it upon adjacent property owners or the municipality to clean up at their own expense.  AB 332 would allow local governments to temporarily close a street or an alley where persistent illegal dumping has been proven to occur.

“Assemblymember Bocanegra’s AB 332 will make the San Fernando Valley a safer and cleaner place,” said Los Angeles City Councilwoman Nury Martinez.  “For too long, the roads in my district have been magnets for illegal dumping operations, and without the authority to close the streets, it’ll continue to be a problem for our neighborhoods.  It is about time the City got a partner on this bill, which will give us the authority to shut down the practice of dumping trash along our streets.  This is a big win for our constituents.”

In many cases, and in particular in the San Fernando Valley, illegal dumping occurs near landfills or waste disposal facilities because people can’t or don’t want to pay the extra disposal fee for furniture or larger items.  Consequently, they drive further down the road and leave the items beside the street, instead of properly disposing of them.

“Residents in my district are tired of having their streets being used as a landfill.  The dumped property is not only an eye sore, but also a public safety hazard,” added Assemblymember Bocanegra.  “With AB 332’s passage, cities will now be able to keep their communities clean and safe.”

Raul Bocanegra is the Democratic Majority Whip in the California State Assembly.  He represents the 39th Assembly District, which includes the Los Angeles communities of Arleta, Granada Hills, Lakeview Terrace, Mission Hills, North Hollywood, Pacoima, Shadow Hills, Sun Valley, Sunland-Tujunga, Sylmar and the City of San Fernando.