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02/12/2003 Entry: "Degrading Los Angeles (as if)"

"Most L.A. County infrastructure, built more than 50 years ago for a much smaller population, is in decline. In a new ‘scorecard,’ The American Society of Civil Engineers assesses the state of Southland systems – from roadways to wastewater – and recommends what must be fixed." Degrading LA

Like we need that, even if it were possible. Here's the link to download the full report. (I think USC is working to fix this as I write, but I had to open Acrobat and then open this webpage, http://uscnews.usc.edu/InfrastructureReportCard/CitizenGuideBook.pdf to get the report to actually download.)

Yes, I know; I work in a 50+ year old county cinderblock with no windows and not much in the way of A/C or heat, leaky plumbing, leaky roofs, concrete floors, but lots of soul building over by County Hospital and my co-workers and I know exactly how tough we are.

However, here's LA County's report card from pages 8 through 10 of the report when I finally got it open:

Bridges = C; Dams = B-; Drinking Water = C- (not the water, the infrastructure to maintain and get the water to the tap); Flood Control = B; Parks = C+; Ports = B; Solid Waste = A-; Streets and Highways = C-; Transit = C+; Urban Runoff = D; Wastewater System = B.

This report is pretty cool, it goes through all the above issues one at a time, very carefully and has recommendations. These recommendations are nice but cost money and as far as I've been told, CA is flat broke and in the hole.

 

 

 

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