All talk but no action on West Nile virus
Throughout the summer we have been reading about the dangers of West Nile virus. This has been a problem at least the last few summers. The Aug. 18 edition of the Glendale News-Press had a front-page article, “West Nile linked to man’s death,” and went on to reiterate the situation in which West Nile thrives, saying that the mosquito that transmits it “can be found anywhere with stagnant water choked with vegetation. . . .” As usual, we are admonished to take precautions and, especially, to be sure to do our part in preventing stagnant water areas in our yards.
For the last three years I have crossed the Los Angeles River as it threads through Glendale and noticed the slow-flowing water full of vegetation. The first summer I literally spent hours trying to contact the right person or department to ask that something be done to clean up this possible source of West Nile virus with no success and a lot of frustration with the bureaucratic process. Earlier this summer I did get someone with vector control on the phone who made a note of my report. I noticed, however, that nothing was ever done to clean up the river. My question is, why not? Does no one have responsibility for the Los Angeles River?