The City of Los Angeles’ Bureau of Street Services (StreetsLA) is collaborating with FUSE to enhance the Investigation and Enforcement Division (IED), addressing the challenge of processing a large volume of permit applications with limited resources. IED, responsible for municipal safety enforcement and environmental protection, struggles to adequately analyze the 2,000 yearly permit applications due to the outdated fee structures since the 1990s. The current imbalance disproportionately affects underserved communities, contributing to issues like illegal dumping and unpermitted construction, impacting the quality of life in Black and Latino neighborhoods.

Starting in April 2024, FUSE Executive Fellow Mokyou Hyun will engage with stakeholders, conduct research, and lead the revision of IED’s fee schedule to ensure equitable cost recovery and generate funds for additional staffing. The project aims to empower StreetsLA and IED staff to advocate for City Council approval of the updated fees, emphasizing the improved quality of services and equity considerations resulting from the fee increase. By April 2025, the Executive Fellow expects to have conducted a listening tour, revised the fee schedule, and developed justifications and advocacy materials for City Council approval.