Tackling Heavy Towing to Keep Streets Clean and Safe
Posted by Councilmember Englander on July 21, 2017 at 10:30 AM
In my conversations with constituents, many of you have raised concerns about mobile homes and trailers occupying space on public streets. The rise in homelessness across Los Angeles has compounded this issue with many otherwise unsheltered individuals and families living out of their vehicles without proper sanitation services. This can lead to unsanitary and unsafe conditions for both neighbors and occupants of the vehicle.
In a recent instance, a trailer caught fire on Devonshire. This event highlighted the need for the City to be able to tow heavy trailers and other large vehicles if they become a blight or hazard to neighborhoods.
In recent months, this has become difficult as more and more tow companies have opted out of contracting with the City for heavy tow assignments due to the high cost of impounding trailers that are unlikely to be reclaimed and require intensive cleaning before they can be salvaged.
At the beginning of summer, the City almost came to a point in which zero tow companies would take heavy tow assignments. To prevent this, I worked with the Los Angeles Police Commission and the Official Police Garages to ensure that heavy tow operations could remain viable so that we could enforce proper restrictions.
Without this action, the burned out trailer would still be sitting on Devonshire. I want to thank the LAPD Devonshire Division, the HOPE team, LADOT, and L.A. Tow for their assistance in removing the trailer. In the meantime, I will continue make sure that we can be responsive in clearing blight and enforcing parking restrictions to keep neighborhoods clean and safe.
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