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LA Mayor Launches Clean Streets Initiative

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The mayor of Los Angeles is talking trash — and how to get rid of it.

Eric Garcetti on Thursday signed an order for his Clean Streets Initiative. It would deploy an additional 5,000 trash cans around town in the next four years — there currently are just 1,000 — and create strike teams to target areas where lots of trash and furniture has been illegally dumped.

The initiative also calls for development of a system to rate the cleanliness of every street in Los Angeles.

Garcetti signed the directive in an alley where workers had picked up 13 tons of trash.

Trash services suffered in recent years because of funding cutbacks. But Garcetti's proposed city budget, unveiled this week, would increase funding to around $9 million.

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