first_img No one pretends that these are simple measures or that they could be implemented overnight. But if city leaders would make a sincere, ironclad commitment to implement them as soon as possible, then at least city trash policy would have some integrity. We can live with dumping, for a while, anyway. It’s the perpetual lack of honesty, integrity and strong leadership that’s unbearable.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! THERE were two fitting postscripts to the Los Angeles City Council’s decision last week to sign a five-year deal to continue dumping at Sunshine Canyon Landfill. The first came from the council itself. Shortly after approving the Sunshine deal, council members passed a feel-good – and largely unenforceable – measure barring L.A. homeowners from cutting down four kinds of trees without a permit. The irony is rich. On the one hand, city leaders like to pose as committed environmentalists. On the other, they had just voted to continue polluting a residential community with tons of trash, leaky gases and exhaust-spewing diesel trucks. So much for their commitment to the environment and a better city for all. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The second postscript came from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who has so far done little to deliver on his campaign pledge to end city dumping at Sunshine Canyon. As if to add insult to injury, Villaraigosa applauded the council’s decision, which extends the dumping on the bogus premise that the council can technically nullify the deal at any point over the next two weeks. “I have great confidence in the council, and you don’t see me questioning what they’ve done here,” the mayor said. So much for the hope that the mayor would rise above the political shenanigans on this issue. But the sad story of Sunshine Canyon is that for 30 years no one in City Hall has risen above the shenanigans. No one has wanted to make the effort or spend the money to do what is plainly needed – ending the practice of dumping in urban areas. The solutions are clear: Require apartments and businesses in L.A. to start recycling, as homeowners do. Use clean, reliable technology that’s already widely used in Europe to convert refuse to energy. Send the remaining trash to dumps out in the desert or in places such as Avenal that want the business and the jobs. last_img

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