The COVID-19 pandemic has created a variety of issues for Angelenos -- including people irresponsibly discarding Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) on our streets.
Earlier today, the City Council requested the City Attorney to draft language to increase the penalty to the maximum extent for discarding, littering, or disposing of PPE in the public right of way. This law would take effect during the COVID-19 pandemic, and sunset after the state of emergency concludes. I also introduced a motion pending in committee directing LA Sanitation + Environment to report on the disposal process of medical waste citywide, and to recommend an augmented public education plan in coordination with hospitals, clinics, and other medical providers.
While it’s been encouraging to see many of our fellow Angelenos following the Mayor’s directive in wearing PPE while outside of their homes, residents have also expressed concerns regarding an increase in the amount of discarded masks, gloves, and other protective wear in their neighborhoods. This is unacceptable, especially since this discarded PPE may be contaminated with coronavirus and provide an unknown risk with unsuspected residents and pets who may come in contact with these materials. The City must immediately enact measures to mitigate the littering and increase accountability.
I will continue working to keep our streets cleaner to protect public safety and quality of life in the 13th District and beyond.