Can you name the major west coast city that's become a rotting, decaying hellhole and is being completely overwhelmed by rats, drugs, crime, piles of garbage and hordes of homeless people? Of course San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, "all of them" and "any of them" would all be correct answers, but in this article we're going to talk about LA. Once upon a time, millions of young Americans flocked to "sunny LA" in order to experience "the California Dream", but these days LA seems to be on the cutting edge of many of our most critical societal problems. LA's been known for Hollywood, the porn industry and world class traffic congestion, but now it's also becoming famous for "rat-infested piles of rotting garbage"
Rat-infested piles of rotting garbage left uncollected by the city of LA, even after promises to clean it up, are fueling concerns about a new epidemic after last year’s record number of flea-borne typhus cases.
Even the city’s most notorious trash pile, located between downtown LA’s busy Fashion and Produce districts, continues to be a magnet for rats after it was cleaned up months ago. The rodents can carry typhus-infected fleas, that can spread the disease to humans through bacteria rubbed into the eyes or cuts and scrapes on the skin, resulting in severe flu-like symptoms.
Today, approximately 18.7 million people live in the LA metropolitan area and many fear that the rat population may exceed the human population at this point.
When garbage and filth are everywhere, rats can breed exceedingly quickly. In fact, under ideal conditions 2 rats can become 482 million rats in just 3 years.
So you'd think that LA would want to get this rat problem under control, but an NBC Los Angeles investigation discovered that "there's no plan or program to control the growing rat population"
But in LA, the I-Team learned there's no plan or program to control the growing rat population that feasts at trash piles like the one on Ceres Avenue.
"It’s something that we’ll look into," said Pepe Garica, of LA’s bureau of sanitation. Lovely, eh?
In a previous article, I noted that the rats have now even conquered LA City Hall. Officials at Los Angeles’ City Hall are considering ripping all of the building’s carpets up, as rats and fleas are said to be running riot in its halls.
A motion was filed by Council President Herb Wesson on Wednesday to enact the much needed makeover amid a typhus outbreak in the downtown area.
Wesson said a city employee had contracted the deadly bacterial disease at work and now he’s urging officials to investigate the ‘scope’ of the long-running pest problem at the council building.
Meanwhile, the homeless population continues to multiply as well. The number of homeless people living in LA's risen by at least 75% since 2012 and authorities cleaned up nearly 15,000 homeless encampments last year alone
Nearly 15,000 homeless encampment cleanups were conducted last year in LA, a process that begins with officers clearing people from the area before sanitation workers remove trash and other items.
The cleanups cost taxpayers millions of dollars, but some residents who live near the encampments said they're usually repopulated soon after sanitation crews are done. It’s a seemingly endless cycle that leads neighbors to ask whether there's better ways to spend that tax money.
In other words, LA's cleaning up an average of 41 homeless encampments every single day.
Overall, LA spent a whopping $619 million on the homeless problem last year, but it just continues to get even worse.
Of course wherever there's homelessness there's crime and those that live in downtown LA are getting fed up
"Everyone living, working in or visiting downtown has noticed the rapidly deteriorating conditions," downtown resident Catherine Tomiczek told the committee. She said a friend was beaten and robbed on the street and a neighbor was stabbed in her building.
Councilman Paul Krekorian, who heads the committee, said he'd request the information sought by the group. Major crimes downtown increased 6.7% this year compared with the same period in 2018, according to LAPD crime data through April 13.
Much of the violent crime's fueled by the drug trade and according to DEA agent Bob Thomas LA's definitely a national hub for drug activity
In a middle class neighborhood in LA a house is surrounded by crime tape. A young man had lost his life to drugs inside. It’s happened a record 72,000 times last year in the US and LA's a big part of the problem.
"Drug cartels send their stuff to LA, where it’s distributed across the nation," DEA agent Bob Thomas said.
Further up the California coastline, northern California's being absolutely overwhelmed by a meth epidemic that's completely out of control. Just consider these shocking numbers
Since 2011, emergency room visits related to meth in San Francisco have jumped 600% to 1,965 visits in 2016, the last year where ER data's available. Admissions to the hospital are up 400% to 193, according to city public health data and at San Francisco General Hospital, of 7,000 annual psychiatric emergency visits last year, 47% were people who weren't necessarily mentally ill — they were high on meth.
"As California goes, so goes the nation" is a phrase that people like to use, but we better hope that it isn’t true, because California's going down the toilet.
And as our planet continues to become increasingly unstable, scientists assure us that it's only a matter of time before "the Big One" hits the state. Earlier today, northern California was shaken by a magnitude 3.8 earthquake and one of these days a truly catastrophic quake's coming.
In recent years, approximately 5 million people have packed up and moved to another state and you can’t really blame them for leaving. At this point I can’t really think of any reason why anyone would want to live in California. Can you?