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2 Angelenos demand answers after their alley gets trashed
2 Angelenos demand answers after their alley gets trashed

One week ago, Lauri Jutila walked out the back of his Mid-City apartment building and found a sprawling heap of construction waste in the alley: floor tile, trash bags, wood planks and other construction debris stretching more than 100 feet. By Friday, the 55-year-old retired mortgage banker had gotten a face-to-face apology from a worker who admitted to leaving behind the pile of garbage. What happened over the course of that week is a tale about how L.A. can work, if residents get engaged in the problems that are right outside their doorstep. For years, officials have struggled to enforce the city's illegal dumping laws, letting culprits off the hook as they leave blight in...

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