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Will Swinger be remembered as fashion photographer or the guy who got the rat-proof trash cans?

Will Rick Swinger be remembered by fellow Venetians as a fashion photographer or the person who got the rat-proof trash cans for Venice?

Swinger has been talking rat-proof trash cans for years, even before people were aware there were rats. Since the County Health Department found rats on the Google property between Hampton Dr. and 3rd Ave, everyone has become aware that there is a rat problem and that a rat problem contributes to typhus and many other diseases.

Thru his work with the Mayor’s office and Stephanie Cohen of Supervisor Sheila Kuehl’s office, it got to the point that an organization in Venice along with Swinger agreed to purchase 10 trash cans for 3rd Ave. This was just prior to Councilman Mike Bonin making a motion to “allocate $50,000 to the Sanitation Fund No. 100-82, Account No. 3040 (Contractual Services) to be used for rat-proof trash cans and Bureau of Sanitation pickup at two encampment sits in Council District 11.”

Comments (2)

  1. Steve B

    Thank-you for the work to get the rat proof cans where they are desperately needed. I keep away from the endless debates on this issue in our neighborhood as they alone don’t get much done for anybody. This is solid useful action to help protect our public health.
    These old school infectious diseases can be kept at bay with effective sanitation and vector control. Once unleashed into the population, they are really difficult to get rid of. Draconian measures hated by residents and campers alike, like quarantines, will need to be implemented. Thanks for helping us, all, from such measures.

  2. Rick Swinger

    Thanks Reta! Let’s hope $50,000 worth of Rat Proof Trash Cans gets here ASAP! Rats and sand fleas are common at our beach so we need to all be aware of this infestation and do a better job controlling all the rodents populations. This will be a good start as soon as we get them.

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