Department of Neighborhood Empowerment

Clean Streets Hero: Rosie Brown from the United Neighborhoods Neighborhood Council

Rosie was recognized by the Board of Public Works August 20, 2016 for her awesome work informing her community about LA Sanitation services and MyLA 311You can check out more about Rosie in this clip here. You can also learn more about other Clean Streets Heroes on the Public Works Liaison page here.

Clean Streets Challenge Workshops are happening now. Are you in?

Are you a member of your Neighborhood Council or a local community group who cares about keeping your streets clean but don’t have the resources or information about how to make a difference? The Clean Streets LA Challenge is the ultimate civic experience for you, providing:

  • Information on how to maximize City resources in your community
  • Networking opportunities with key Clean Streets LA stakeholders
  • Training on how to host Clean Streets LA events in your neighborhood
  • Assistance in developing a Clean Streets LA community plan
  • Access to a Clean Streets LA cash prize to fund community clean-ups

Interested Neighborhood Councils and other organizations that attend workshops will receive guidance on how to prepare and execute a Clean Streets LA Community Partnership plan, and may be selected to receive Clean Streets LA financial awards to support your efforts.

Clean Streets LA Challenge workshops will be hosted throughout the summer, and the challenge runs until the end of the year.

Find out if you have what it takes to complete the Clean Streets LA Challenge!

Join the Clean Streets LA Challenge

Are you a member of your Neighborhood Council or a local community group? Want to give your localstreets some polish? We've got your back. Check out our Clean Streets L.A. Challenge to win part of the $25,000 award.

If you're hosting a clean up in your community, we want to hear about it!

Hosting a community clean up or other event in your neighborhood, and want us to feature it on the Clean Streets LA calendar?

Send us all the information at the Submit an Event page.

Ideas Wanted: New Grant Challenge Seeks Creative Strategies for Keeping L.A. Streets Clean

Mayor Garcetti and Board of Public Works roll out Clean Streets L.A. Challenge to reward innovation by everyday Angelenos, neighborhood councils, and local organizations.

LOS ANGELES—Great ideas for taking care of L.A.’s streets can be born in conversations between neighbors, and City Hall wants in on the discussion.

Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Board of Public Works today announced the Clean Streets L.A. Challenge, which will reward neighborhood councils and other community groups for innovative strategies for keeping our streets clean and clear.

The competition is an extension of Mayor Garcetti's Clean Streets Initiative. It will award a total of $25,000 in grants for proposals that show creativity and efficiency in their plans to prevent illegal dumping and keep neighborhoods clean.

“Angelenos know their neighborhoods best, and they take pride in where they live,” said Mayor Garcetti. “The Challenge will tap into their knowledge and that passion, and bring new energy to the work of keeping L.A.’s streets clean for our families and neighbors.”

The grant challenge is open to Neighborhood Councils, community based organizations and nonprofit groups. Applicants will be required to form a partnership across three organizations, at least one of which must be a neighborhood council. The Bureau of Sanitation will hold workshops this summer on how to form partnerships and conduct safe cleanups, with applications due in late August.

Successful applicants will then start a pilot program, with results due in November and winners announced at the end of the year. Groups will be evaluated on their strategies for recruiting volunteers, hosting clean-ups, reporting dumped items, and raising awareness on social media.

“We are so inspired by all the supporters of the Clean Streets L.A. Initiative who have rallied to initiate, create, and commit to local neighborhood and business corridor improvement efforts,” said Enrique Zaldivar, General Manager of L.A. Sanitation. “This contest aligns with our collective pursuit for a better quality of life, economic prosperity, and public health for all Angelenos.”

“Neighborhood Councils are doing amazing projects citywide to keep their communities clean,” said Grayce Liu, General Manager of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment. “We’re happy that the Clean Streets L.A. Challenge builds upon their great work and provides opportunities for exciting collaborations.”

The Clean Streets Initiative is a coordinated effort to eliminate trash and illegal dumping from L.A. streets. A key element of the initiative is CleanStat, which regularly surveys and grades all city streets for cleanliness. The results of the CleanStat assessment can be viewed at http://www.cleanstreetsla.org/cleanstat/  

For more information on the Clean Streets L.A. Challenge, visit lamayor.org/join-clean-streets-la-challenge.

Clean Streets Hero in Northridge.

Clean Streets Hero, Tom Johnson from the Northridge West Neighborhood Council leads a team of heroes, who get up every Thursday morning and work hard at keeping Los Angeles streets clean.

Northridge West NC President Tom Johnson has, for over 7 years, helped lead neighborhood clean-up efforts, named Operation Clean Sweep, all over Northridge with the help of strong partnerships and support from City Hall, community members, and Northridge West NC board members. Key partners include Councilman Mitch Englander and his staff, the Bureau of Sanitation, the Office of Community Beautification, the Kiwanis Club, Boys Scouts, Girl Scouts, Northridge Christian Church, Chick-fil-A, and LAUSD schools. They currently hold neighborhood cleanups on Thursdays from 8am to 11am at various locations. Tom and the board are motivated to continue their clean-ups because of community pride, it brings neighbors together, and it connects the NC to the community. For more information about Northridge West NC go to www.NorthridgeWest.org

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Call 311 or use the MyLA311 app to report abandoned waste and illegal dumping in the public right of way near you. When making a report, please provide as much detail about the location and debris as possible so the appropriate level of resources can be directed to the site.

To download the MyLA311 app, visit Google Play or Apple App Store.

Clean Streets Hero in Wilmington.

Clean Streets Hero, Diana Medel from the Wilmington Neighborhood Council is a great example of the youth making a significant and positive impact in the community.

Born in Mexico City and raised in Wilmington California, Diana Medel is a 20 year old community activist and current board member of the Wilmington Neighborhood Council. Seeking the American Dream, her mother brought Diana to California at the young age of 8 years old. Through opportunities in high school, Diana began to take a leadership role on campus and throughout her community. She began as vice president of her learning academy, president of a Relay for Life team, and got involved with the unique experience of mentoring middle school girls. Diana is a relatively new board member on the Wilmington Neighborhood Council, works at a non-profit called South Bay Center for Community Development, is the I Heart Wilmington outreach coordinator, and gets involved in annual neighborhood clean-ups, information fairs, town halls, and other civic activities. Diana works very closely with Councilman Joe Buscaino and his staff on a regular basis and on a variety of issues and events that make a positive impact in the community. Her passion is to empower community members to make significant changes in their neighborhood. She continues to pursue her education at Los Angeles Harbor College and aspires to obtain her Master’s degree in communications. For more information about the Wilmington Neighborhood Council go to http://wilmingtonneighborhoodcouncil.com.

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Call 311 or use the MyLA311 app to report abandoned waste and illegal dumping in the public right of way near you. When making a report, please provide as much detail about the location and debris as possible so the appropriate level of resources can be directed to the site.

To download the MyLA311 app, visit Google Play or Apple App Store.

Clean Streets Hero in East Hollywood.

Clean Streets Hero, Cheron McAleece from the East Hollywood Neighborhood Council leads volunteers who work hard to keep the communities of Los Angeles clean.

Cheron McAleece has been living in East Hollywood for several years and has really made her mark in the community with some outstanding community-building monthly neighborhood clean-ups that she has coordinated with the help of so many volunteers and community organizations that show up to do their part in improving the community’s quality of life. She has also learned to partner with Councilman Mitch O’Farrell’s Office, the Public Works Department’s Bureau of Sanitation, and the Office of Community Beautification who have been supporting her efforts in providing tools and trash pick-up. She also continues her fight to keep Los Angeles clean by working with the Council Office and the City Attorney’s Office to address blighted properties in her neighborhood. For more information about East Hollywood NC go to www.EastHollywood.net.

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Call 311 or use the MyLA311 app to report abandoned waste and illegal dumping in the public right of way near you. When making a report, please provide as much detail about the location and debris as possible so the appropriate level of resources can be directed to the site.

To download the MyLA311 app, visit Google Play or Apple App Store.

Clean Streets Hero in Pico Union.

Clean Street Hero, Jesus Banuelos from the Pico Union Neighborhood Council is proud of his involvement in the Neighborhood Council system and his contribution to the community through street clean ups and trash reporting.

Born in Fresnillo, Zacatecaz, Mexico, Jesus Bañuelos has been a resident of the Pico Union community for 35 years, is an active parishioner at the Saint Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, a board member on the Pico Union Neighborhood Council, and a volunteer with the Olympic Police Station. Jesus is very well known in the community and has an exceptional relationship with Councilman Gil Cedillo and his staff because of his activism, friendly and welcoming demeanor. He annually gets involved with cleanups, movies festivals, National Night Out events, and other civic activities. Jesus’ contributions to his community go beyond his neighborhood including helping coordinate community events that have helped Angelenos get their driver’s licenses, get access to better housing, and get their citizenship. Jesus is married to Zoila Bañuelos, also a community activist, and is father to three sons including Jesus, Oswaldo, and Sergio. Jesus strongly believes in continuously inviting residents to become part of community organizations where they can work to better the community; to be active and to work together for the community. For more information about Pico Union Neighborhood Council go to www.PicoUnionNC.org

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Call 311 or use the MyLA311 app to report abandoned waste and illegal dumping in the public right of way near you. When making a report, please provide as much detail about the location and debris as possible so the appropriate level of resources can be directed to the site.

To download the MyLA311 app, visit Google Play or Apple App Store.