Los Angeles Declared One Of World’s Filthiest Slums

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Los Angeles has been declared one of the world’s dirtiest slums, with conditions in some parts of the city worse than slums found in third world nations in Central America and Africa.

Los Angeles has been declared one of the world’s dirtiest slums, with conditions in some parts of the city worse than slums found in third world nations in Central America and Africa.

According to an NBC investigation, great swathes of the city are covered in human feces and needles, with rats, fleas and roaches are rampant. Diseases such as typhus are making a comeback and Los Angelenos are falling ill due to the contamination in record numbers.

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NBC reports: Wholesale fish distributors, produce warehouses and homeless encampments line Ceres Avenue downtown, creating perfect conditions for rats.

Uneaten food is dumped on the street — a salad platter was recently splattered on the asphalt — and discarded clothing piles up only to be swirled into rats’ nests.

Rat infestation 

Those rats, experts say, are likely contributing to the growing number of typhus infections cropping up on skid row and other parts of the region. The disease is spread by fleas, which are carried by rats, opossums and pets.

“You have constant activity that serves as a breeding ground for rats,” said Estela Lopez, executive director of the Central City East Association, a business improvement district that overlaps skid row.

Los Angeles County’s typhus outbreak, which began in the summer, has expanded to as many as 92 cases, including 20 in Pasadena and a possible 18 in Long Beach, where five were still under investigation by the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services.

‘Typhus zone’

The average number of typhus cases the county sees in a year is 60, which itself has doubled in recent years, according to the Los Angeles County Health Department.

City officials recently declared downtown’s skid row — roughly 54 square blocks where more than 4,000 homeless congregate — a “typhus zone.”

“With increased rat density, diseases like typhus are very likely to occur,” said Dr. Lee W. Riley, an infectious disease researcher at the University of California, Berkeley.

A typhus infection can cause high fever, headache, chills and, in rare cases, meningitis and death. It’s contracted when “the feces from infected fleas are rubbed into cuts or scrapes in the skin or rubbed into the eyes,” the county health department says on its website.

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Trash lies beside makeshift shelters as disease and filth reach epidemic levels in Los Angeles.

“We’re deploying every available resource to help control and stop this outbreak,” said Alex Comisar, spokesman for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “The city and county have formed a dedicated task force … and we’re putting new funding into intensifying cleanups in the affected area so that we can keep our streets and sidewalks safe for everyone.”

County health officials declined to comment.

Downtown’s rat problem was exposed last week by NBC News’ Los Angeles affiliate, KNBC, which documented piles of uncollected trash around Ceres Avenue on skid row. The station reported that despite 2,200 calls to a city help line in the last two years by people requesting trash pickup in the area, the city responded to less than half the complaints.

It’s a situation Garcetti called “disgusting and it’s unacceptable.”

Los Angeles Compared to Some of the Dirtiest Slums in the World

Based on the findings of the Investigative Unit survey, many health officials believe parts of the city may be even dirtier than slums in some developing countries.

Los Angeles County Supervisors Kathryn Barger and Janice Hahn are expected to introduce a motion Tuesday that would create the Housing for Public Health program, a coordinated effort to reduce the spread of typhus and other diseases on skid row by cleaning, housing and educating the homeless.

Barger and Hahn introduced a motion last week to “seek flea collar donations that can be distributed to homeless individuals that have pets.”

Lopez, of the Central City East Association, said “illegally dumping, food being discarded, accumulation of blankets and pillows, and human waste” is creating “Third World conditions.

Dried Feces can Lead to Airborne Viruses

Jerry Jones, public policy director at the Inner City Law Center, called the squalor and inhumanity on the streets “shocking” and “surreal.”

“There’s definitely an abundance of rats and roaches and horrible conditions,” he said.

Social service providers say the county and city could reduce human waste by installing more 24-hour public bathrooms in an area that has only two. They also blame charities for handing out food and clothing that ends up being dumped on the spot, attracting rats.

Decades of failed liberal policies have led to a crisis point in Los Angeles, resulting in a “human tragedy”.

On Saturday, nearly a dozen people from a local church handed out food on Ceres Avenue, which KNBC identified as a hot spot for rats. Volunteer Karina Dominguez-Gonzalez said the nondenominational group was careful to hand out only peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches in paper bags to those who asked.

She said she’s seen other organizations put boxes of food “on the sidewalk, like people are going to rush in like animals.”

‘Human Tragedy’ in Los Angeles

In 2012, the rats nests, human waste and hypodermic needles got so bad on skid row that county health officials cited the city for health code violations and filthy conditions that the county later said contributed to a Hepatitis A outbreak.

The city responded by launching Operation Healthy Streets, but since then homelessness has exploded, increasing 47 percent from 2012, according to data from the county Homeless Services Authority. Many experts blame exorbitant housing costs.

The median rent for an apartment in Los Angeles is $2,483, which over 12 months comes to more than the individual median income of $29,301 for the county, according to data cited by the University of Southern California’s Center for Social Innovation.




Activist “General” Jeff Page, who lives on skid row, fears the city is using the typhus outbreak as an excuse to push out the homeless and make the area more amenable to gentrification.

“They could be using typhus as a scam to rid the sidewalks of people,” he said.

But there’s often nowhere for them to go.

“Cities aren’t willing to get their rental markets under control,” said Jones, of the Inner City Law Center. “Until we build more housing, the squalor on skid row will continue.”

Back on Ceres Avenue, Steve Jordan, 53, who said he’s been living on the streets for two years, stood next to a tent covered by an American flag-themed blanket.

“We got wet,” he said, referring to overnight rain. “I have a tent with a hole in it. Please help me, man.”

Baxter Dmitry

Baxter Dmitry

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10 Comments

  1. This problem did not come out of nowhere. you are not going to get “affordable housing” in Los Angeles with all the restrictions, since the housing stock is limited. Gentrification is inevitable. Also, the police cannot move people on the sidewalks. They are allowed to have their tents up supposedly at night. The law does not favor the actual residents of the city. Eric Garcetti has had plenty of time to put in more toilets. This is not rocket science. Our church ministers in Skid Row once a month. It is appalling. I live in a nice area of town. Right down the street two blocks where the street intersects with a large commercial boulevard there are guys living on the sidewalk with all their junk around. Why?? If you wanted to solve this, it could easily be done. No fretting about it. Pass laws on loitering or enforce the ones that already exist. Then tell these folks that they have the option of going to jail, a shelter (LA has the money for homeless housing), rehab, or a mental institution. Cut benefits. Also, it is practically a pass to do a minor property crime in Los Angeles.

    • California is 1.2 Trillion dollars in debt which would make it in the top 5 in the world if it were a country.
      Revenue in LA decreased in 2017 by 2.3% even though they continue to raise taxes ( maybe BECAUSE they continue to kill businesses with taxes).
      Measnwhile, pensions, salaries, health care costs and general-fund expenditures increased by 10.5%. To put it simply, neither California as a whole or LA have any money to throw at this problem. Businesses are fleeing and expensive migrants continue to flood in and cost the dwindling taxpayers billions. It is a house of cards–there will be either a collapse or a slow decline into a third-world chithole.

  2. The socialist utopia of California is starting to mirror the socialist utopias across Africa and South America. Somebody better start putting armed guards at the zoo to protect the animals from what happened in Venezuela.
    To think, these leftist NPC’s want this for all of America.

    • California–coming to a state near you! The people who gave you Ronald Reagan didn’t suddenly lose their mind. They were invaded by 18 million left-leaning immigrants. What the hell did you think would happen if you doubled the population with voters from socialist paradises like Mexico, China, and every other third world country across the globe.

      Your state is next. And it’s by design.

      • Bipartisanism, on this topic, is a mask for Mystery Babylon Luciferianism/satanism/Freemasonry. The NW red states “American Redoubt”, with a long history of masonic control, has an identical ‘elite v slave’ class population that differs from Cali only in current population density. Freemasonry is neither exclusively liberal nor, with the exception of B’Nai B’rith masonic lodges, exclusively Talmudist. It IS exclusively a pagan ‘man as god’ philosophy based on the worship of money and power.

  3. Just messaged them on their feedback form…. copy and pasted parts of this article….. told them we are not visiting their city on our U.S Tour…..cos its ashithole…lol

  4. 7.1 MILLION job openings right now in the USA.

    A job for ANYONE who wants one….
    Therein lies the problem……..
    I mean why work when liberal policies will coddle you and provide your every need, from shitty diapers to your last breath.

  5. Zionists have downs syndrome from inbreeding. That is who took over the planet. Heroine and all derivatives cause acute brain damage. The white haze is from these imbeciles herd gestation heroine slums. They then want to put you into one of their concentration camps to harvest your organs. Their racketeering retail outlets are literally selling non usable/edible trash.

    • Zionists are any people who believe in a homeland for Judaism which is a FAITH, not an ethnicity.
      Catholics have Rome, Muslims have Mecca,,,

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