This 2008 video, along with the article I wrote, shocked many of our viewers. Armed with my camera, I documented how alleys in some of the city’s poorest neighborhoods were filled with trash, festering for up to six weeks before being cleaned by city crews. The refuse included household garbage and construction rubble, as well as dead dogs and roosters. I also produced an interactive map with embedded video content showing arrest locations, illegal-dumping hot stops and problem alleys.
L.A. city responded quickly to my illegal dumping investigation. The mayor ordered reforms in the Public Works Department, the main agency responsible for enforcing illegal dumping and keeping alleys clean. On top of that, the LAPD formed a task force to arrest violators caught dumping refuse in South Los Angeles. The police response is documented by this story and video.