2015 Grants Challenge

El Basurero

Idea by El Basurero

MyLA311 ( is an excellent service that allows city residents who know about it get bulky items and illegally dumped furniture picked up for free. The problem is, not enough people know about it or take the few seconds involved to logon and enter a request for service. Basurero would be a sustained door to door and social media campaign to publicize MyLA311 and get neighborhoods like Koreatown, Mid City, South LA and East LA swept clean.


In what areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

Central LA

East LA

South LA

How do you plan to use these resources to make change?

Conduct research

Engage residents and stakeholders

Implement a pilot or new project

Mobilize for systems change

Advocate with policymakers and leaders

Implement and track policy

Enlist LACC or a similar organization to go door-to-door publicizing MyLA 311, showing residents how easy it is to use the app, and documenting the extent of the problem of illegally dumped items and bulky items left on the street and in empty lots.

How will your proposal improve the following LIVE metrics?​

Exposure to air toxins

Number of households below the self-sufficiency index

Acres and miles of polluted waterways

Prevalence of adverse childhood experiences (Dream Metric)

Percentage of LA communities that are resilient (Dream Metric)

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.

Basurero Corps will document the program's efficacy with before and after photos, counts of requests filed with MyLA 311. The City is already capturing this data so we will work with the Council Districts and with MyLA 311 to analyse the data and assess the impact of the program.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Publicity/awareness (social capital)

Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)

Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research