You can’t make this stuff up. California used to be known for its beautiful beaches and the movie stars in Hollywood, but now here we are again talking about disease and filth. Former Deputy City Atty. Elizabeth Greenwood called in OSHA after she found herself stricken with Typhus, a disease that can be spread by flea-ridden rats. She is suing for 5 million dollars claiming the city is endangering the public by not doing something about the rats, trash, filth, or homeless.
“Deputy City Atty. Elizabeth Greenwood said in her claim that Garcetti, City Atty. Mike Feuer and the City Council allowed garbage and human feces to accumulate on the streets outside City Hall East, “recklessly endangering the public” by allowing rats and fleas to thrive.
Greenwood worked at City Hall East until October, when she went out on sick leave. She was diagnosed in November with typhus, a flea-borne illness that can spread when fleas bite rats and later pass the bacteria on to humans. Its symptoms include a rash, fever and fatigue.
The San Pedro resident said she has faced retaliation from her bosses for contacting the news media and Cal/OSHA, a state agency that monitors workplace safety, about the dangers posted by rats, fleas and typhus. She also contends that L.A. officials failed in their obligation to ensure that sidewalks in the Civic Center, many of them occupied by homeless residents, are safe and sanitary.”
“The people that live and do business in the city of Los Angeles expect the city of Los Angeles to not casually allow them to catch a medieval disease as they walk into City Hall,” Greenwood says.
“It’s a crisis that puts the general public at risk and the city attorney’s response to me was “well, golly, how do we know you’re really sick?’” Greenwood says. “Made me feel horrible.”
“A spokesperson sent a statement saying they are complying with state regulations.
“We are appealing OSHA’s tentative citation of our office because the citation addresses conditions on the exterior grounds of City Hall East, our office clearly has no role in maintaining the building’s exterior grounds.”
Apparently, this is all Texas’s fault…The Governor and it seems any real leadership in the area refuse to accept any blame. Good on her she should sue them. More Californians should be demanding their leaders do something. This is just pathetic.