It’s Oscar time in tinsel town folks and the streets are filled with limos and lookie-loos. And while this isn’t exactly a travel story, it does address a situation that effects residents (and visitors) especially those who dwell in the upscale Hollywood Hills (home of Quentin Tarantino and other luminaries). Since the beginning of the 2016 there has been no pick-up of black trash cans (the ones that collect the garbage such as food scraps) on four different occasions. Trash collection in the Hollywood Hills is Thursdays. When the black can isn’t emptied it begins to stink and attract coyotes and other wild denizens of the area who ravage through them. The situation proved extra troublesome since this is Oscar week in town and the area is swamped with visitors mostly from the entertainment industry who visit friends in the Hollywood Hills or have homes there, and garbage strewn everywhere does not paint a pretty picture.
So after the fourth time this happened concerned Hills’ dwellers called the Department of Sanitation to report the over-sight. Calls were made a few times and notes supposedly taken with promises to alert the proper authority to rectify the situation. To no avail. Nothing happened, nada. Phone calls were then initiated to Los Angeles special 311 telephone service. Not much happened with that except to be connected back to the sanitation department. Okay so next came a call to the area’s city council and a chat with the guy who answered the phone who sounded concern but sort of blew me off. So it was off to the city council web site to send an email to our councilman followed by a few posts on Twitter. What do you know? I got action. A rep called and after much back and forth and explanation a truck was sent to pick up the garbage that was now overflowing in the black cans and spilling all over the streets. But wait for it. A truck indeed came but only to the two houses of the two families who called in to report the pickup snafu. OMG.
More calls back and forth resulted in promises to address the situation and find out why this is happening. The conversations of those calls must remain confidential as sources spoke off the record but much was revealed about why this could be happening, I just can’t tell you. Today, Thursday, the trash was collected from all three cans but who knows what lurks in the minds of drivers for next week’s pickup.
The moral of this story is it does pay to fight city hall but it will cost you a lot of time and patience.