Carson smell persists as fed-up residents confront elected officials

Carson smell persists as fed-up residents confront elected officials

10/26/2021 4:48:00 AM

Carson smell persists as fed-up residents confront elected officials

Residents demanded answers at a Carson City Council meeting at which council members declared a local emergency over a lingering noxious odor.

The rain “will absolutely cause a flow in the channel” that will move stale water and the dead organic matter believed to be causing the smell, L.A. County Public Works Director Mark Pestrella told the City Council.On Monday afternoon, the surface of the channel remained glassy, with little visible water movement. The smell was noticeable there and in other parts of the city.

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Earlier Monday, as rain fell outside City Hall, protesters peppered elected officials, including Assemblyman Mike Gipson (D-Carson) and state Sen. Steven Bradford (D-Gardena), with questions.Frank Saldana, an assistant football coach at Carson High School, said the City Council should have declared a local emergency much earlier, which might have sped up the odor elimination efforts.

“I’m just out here fighting for our residents,” said Saldana, who has lived in the city for 46 years.Pamela Brown, 60, said she spent five days in a Long Beach hotel before returning home a few days ago to the same “rotten smell.”She has since purchased an air purifier and applied for reimbursement for her hotel expenses. She hasn’t ruled out going back to a hotel.

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It's not election year yet. Too early for the Dems to pretend to care anything about black people in Carson or Compton for that matter.

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