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Los Angeles officials plan to rip out City Hall carpets to combat typhus outbreak

Los Angeles officials plan to rip out City Hall carpets to combat typhus outbreak

Lie down with social justice politics, wake-up with flea-borne realities.

We have been covering the spread of the flea-borne illness typhus through Pasadena and Los Angeles, which is the result of rat infestations that have followed in the wake of the homeless crisis.

Los Angeles city employees are now acting to combat the rodent problem in City Hall, after one of the administrators was stuck with the disease.

Los Angeles officials are potentially exploring ripping out all the carpet at City Hall amid reports of the building being overrun by rats and fleas as a typhus outbreak plagues the downtown area.

Council President Herb Wesson, who filed the motion Wednesday and at one point moved his staff to another location over the rodent infestation, also asked officials to investigate the “scope and vermin of pest control issues.” He cited a case involving a city employee who possibly contracted the flea-borne illness while at work.

“Employees shouldn’t have to come to work worried about rodents,” Wesson, who removed his own office’s carpet in November, told the Los Angeles Times. “I intend to do whatever it is we need.”

Wesson also asked for a review of all the live plants in City Hall to see if they may need to be removed, as well as a new policy for “employees to secure their food after hours and for custodial services to throw out food that’s left out.”

What will be the likely outcome? Unless the matter of homelessness is treated as the public health crisis it is, the situation will worsen. Dr. Drew Pinsky, who is a board certified internist, explained that the current typhus outbreak will only get worse.

Pinsky bases his projection on the fact sanitation isn’t a priority for the mentally ill, who make up a significant portion of the homeless population.

Because the criteria for forcefully detaining people with these issues is notoriously difficult to satisfy, legions are left to suffer in the streets. Individuals stricken with physical illness, are picked up and hospitalized, but mental illness represents the great divide when it comes to mandatory treatment. Have we, as a society, forsaken this population?

Are we content to stand by and allow civilization to deteriorate to the point where the “pillars of health” are pushed to their limits or even destroyed? This is not a problem that will solve itself; the homeless population has neither the ability nor the wherewithal to mobilize against it. The chronically ill must be given considerations that most of us do not require. Whether it’s expanding the conservatorship laws, forcefully treating people or implementing new systems altogether, action must be taken. Ignorance of this issue is short-sighted and potentially very dangerous to life as we know it.

One of my concerns is that if the City Hall has been infested, then what about the public schools in the region? The fatality rates can be up to 20%. It is one thing for bureaucrats who force social justice policies on the populace to be infected, but what about the children who might be exposed while in school?

The local populace is also questioning the priorities of city leadership.

Lie down with social justice politics, wake-up with flea-borne realities.


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“Los Angeles officials are potentially exploring ripping out all the carpet at City Hall”

Quite obviously LA voters are too stupid to see that a real solution would see them ripping out (removing) from City Hall the current LA officials.

When I see a picture of rats with the quote “growing epidemic” I suppose I shouldn’t immediately think of Democrats. But it is so appropriate I should be forgiven.

Threat of Typhus Spreads as Rats and Destitute Breach City Limits.

Headline from 14th century Paris, France.

Wonder how many plagues are actually infesting CA? Tuberculosis? Measles?

    Eskyman in reply to puhiawa. | February 8, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    These rats are far more dangerous than Norway rats, and spread all manner of diseases.

    These are the big, full of filth Democ Rats, and they’re deadly!

JusticeDelivered | February 8, 2019 at 1:36 pm

How long before city residents get pitchforks, bats and what not, followed by chasing politicians, homeless people and illegals in the same direction?

I’ve made it clear that I like Ben Shapiro and think he’s pretty smart.

Yesterday he dealt with this issue. But I NEVER listen or read uncritically.

He asserted that the solution was to arrest the homeless/vagrant people in LA. And here’s were the “…but for a nail” series starts.

He went on to assert…without any support…that “there are thousands of beds” in LA where such people could be housed. I question that.

But I asked myself whether there were also thousands of people to care for them, feed them, secure them, etc.

I asked where the many thousands of dollars for those interests would come from.

Who would provide the representation for all the people arrested that way? How would the courts provide due process?

What conservative…using conservative means…could be realistically able to effect that kind of change given fiscal reality?

Living in Texas on my small acres, I have deer, squirrels, raccoons, rabbits, etc., all of which carry fleas and ticks. I have a dog that brings the insects into the house. It isn’t like a big deal, and I don’t consider it a “crisis”. I deal with it…effectively.

    txvet2 in reply to Ragspierre. | February 8, 2019 at 2:12 pm


      JusticeDelivered in reply to txvet2. | February 8, 2019 at 3:13 pm

      I live on over a hundred acres, in the woods, with lots of wildlife. I also raise exotic cats, two breeding pairs and one male and two female rottweilers.

      We periodically have had flea problems.

      About two years ago we started brushing food grade diatomaceous earth into their coats, and have had no flea problems since.

      Over the past decade we saw an increase in cancers with dogs. I was not routinely fleaing them because I did not trust that the pesticide was safe.

      Diatomaceous earth come in a garden variety which has silica in it, silica is bad for lungs, food grade has the silica removed.

      Diatomaceous earth is also useful for killing ants, ticks, etc. Look it up.

        I use Diatomaceous also on cats. does not reallt seem to help with deer ticks (but I check all 4 of mine daily) but have only seen 2 fleas in 5 years.
        I also use on garden for japanese beetles, this planting season going to use safe insecticide to kill their grubs and place Diatomaceous on growth to prevent them from breeding more

          JusticeDelivered in reply to dmacleo. | February 8, 2019 at 4:50 pm

          Historically, I had no trouble with ticks, two reas ago one cat came in with one in it whiskers, nice and fat.

          last year I had to remove hundreds off the dogs. Every time they went out they would come with 4 to 12 on each dog. It was very time consuming.

          Thanks for the tip on ticks, I guess I will be doing more research.

          this was a bad year for us tick wise, but careful grooming/brushing helps. our male only goes out at night (sunlight scares the vampire kitty) and it seems during dawn hours he hits them and gets them. so we check often.
          other 3 seldom get anything but we check anyway.

        We use it in our chicken coop for wood mites. So far, no problems.

        Diatomaceous earth without silica would be mostly nonexistent, since the stuff is 80-90% silica, and also wouldn’t do much good. The problem is only with crystalline silica; food grade gets that down below 2%.

    I marvel at the drugs today…one small pill a months and your dog is virtually immune to fleas and ticks and carried diseases. I remember as a boy constantly finding ticks in my hair. My dogs were covered with them.

What did Joe Friday have to say about all this?

UnCivilServant | February 8, 2019 at 2:31 pm

Can we quarantine California as a danger to the physical and mental health of the nation?

Throw out our dead

Colonel Travis | February 8, 2019 at 2:34 pm

Every hellhole in America is run by the (D) party.
Democrats – we’re the smart ones!

Sounds like a case for the CDC, if they can take time away from combating our right to bear arms.

LA scores own goal.

The present outbreak is of a politically related disease process and will not be handled for the safety of the community. Communicable diseases respond to practical approaches but since the “homeless” issue is a pet issue of the Left it will fester. I remember when AIDS finally was determined… prevention as a first line course was tossed as assuaging the power of the gay community meant containment was out of the question. Jump to now and knowingly giving someone HIV is no big deal. The politics of disease trumps public safety. Too bad there isn’t a costly drug that can cure this as then politicos could invest in the company and use it liberally.

they should destroy everything and maybe also save a syphilis outbreak…..

I commented in detail in Leslie’s first post on this subject. I just want to reiterate, as a City of LA employee, I’ve witnessed the stupid, idiotic waste of taxpayer money again and again, while the city is negligent on so many of its core duties, such as public health.

They can rip out and replace all the carpets they want. As long as they don’t take care of the homeless problem and clean up the streets they will just have a repetition of this situation, over and over again.

    They’re leftists: they’re not going to ‘take care’ of any problem that develops them an army of dependent voters.

    The only reason the problem is in the news is because it hit someone at city hall.

If anyone is wondering why LA’s mayor Eric Garcetti dropped out of the 2020 race, here goes:

FBI Corruption Probe Of LA City Hall Focuses On Development:

Los Angeles City Hall Pay-to-Play Unveiled in the Crossroads Skyscraper Development:

News you can use:
It ain’t the carpets, boy’s.
It is the third-world you insist on importing and protecting.