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Dirty beach restrooms pose health risk, L.A. County supervisor says

June 1, 2011 |  2:14 pm

A worker outside an L.A. County beach restroom

Public bathrooms at L.A. County beaches pose a public health risk because they are being cleaned less frequently and are less available despite a growing number of visitors, a supervisor said Tuesday.

“This is just the worst thing in the world, in my point of view," Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said Tuesday night during the Board of Supervisors meeting. “They get to the place they're going and they find that it's not clean, that it's not properly maintained.”

Yaroslavsky said he had received a large number of complaints from residents about the cleanliness and availability of the restrooms.

He asked the Department of Beaches and Harbors to come up with a way to restore maintenance that was scaled back because of a lack of funds.

The board is expected to get a report next week on possible solutions to the problem.

“Summer is here,” Yaroslavsky said. “Beach visitation is up.”

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Photo: A worker outside an L.A. County beach restroom. Credit: KTLA-TV (Channel 5)

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