Public Works budget means more street repairs, fewer graffiti cleanups

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The budget for Public Works is a mixed bag for Angelenos, with more money allocated for potholes and street resurfacing, and less for neighborhood cleanups and graffiti removal.

A $1.8 million decrease in Public Works’ budget will translate to 100 fewer cleanups, 3,600 fewer gallons of available paint, and 20,000 fewer trash bags handed out to constituents, according to Andrea Alarcon, president of the Board of Public Works. Right now, the city of Los Angeles provides Angelenos with 700,000 trash bags a year and 12,000 gallons of paint. The budget will also have $122,000 less to remove graffiti, which means 12,320 locations will not be cleaned.

At the same time, money from Measure R will be used to fill 350,000 potholes and repair 800 miles of city streets. This year, the Bureau of Street Services was budgeted for 750 miles of street work.

“This is an historical number. I don’t think any other municipality in the nation, and perhaps in the world, can say that it’s investing funding to perform 800 miles of street work,” said Nazario Sauceda, director of the Bureau of Street Services.

The Budget and Finance Committee is meeting daily to review Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s proposed $7.2 billion budget for fiscal year 2012-13, which begins on July 1.

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