It was a case of too much trash. Students and teachers returning to Hosler Junior High School, 11300 Spruce St., on Monday found the parking lot in front of the school overflowing with trash.
"It stinks like a dump," said Rosemarie Gironda, a veteran special education teacher at the school. Gironda, who has taught in the Lynwood Unified School District for 22 years, immediately got on the telephone to City Hall to complain.
The parking lot was filled with old sofas, box springs, water heaters, mattresses and other discarded junk that is not regularly picked up by trash haulers.
The city provides free trash pickup at a central location--the school--twice a year for such bulky items. Removal is done by special arrangement with the city's contract trash hauler, Western Waste Industries of Gardena.