Los Angeles trash fee hike to hit this fall


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Angelenos will have to pay roughly $7 to $10 more to get their trash hauled away, starting in September, according to staff writer Phil Willon’s story today.

The Los Angeles City Council approved Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s fee increase 13 to 1, with Councilman Dennis Zine voting against it. Apparently, Zine had said previously that he was ‘troubled’ by the timing of the increase, which ‘comes as many Los Angeles residents are being squeezed financially,’ the story said.


Los Angeles Police Department Chief William J. Bratton said today that ‘every dime’ of the money raised by the trash fee increase has been spent on fighting crime, and he credited the increased funding to drops in the city’s crime rate, including homicides and other violent crime. He said the hike in trash fees is ‘resulting in fewer victims of crime in this city.’

Trash fees have more than tripled in the last two years, according to the story.

-- Tami Abdollah