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Sanitation workers start cleaning LA's Skid Row

Posted: June 20, 2012 12:30 p.m.
Updated: June 20, 2012 12:30 p.m.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sanitation workers in protective suits and gloves have started cleaning up the 10-block heart of Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Times ( ) says before work started Tuesday, health workers posted notices and contacted homeless people to ask them to move their belongings.

Conditions in the area are so bad they violate the county's health code.

The three-week cleanup will get rid of rats' nests, hypodermic needles, condoms, human excrement and other hazards. Weekly inspections will follow the cleanup.

A federal court injunction last year placed limits on the removal of unattended items, but doesn't prevent removal of items that pose health risks.

Activists claim the city deliberately allowed conditions to deteriorate to bolster its case against the injunction. City officials deny that claim.



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