Students from Braddock Drive Elementary School in Del Rey and Ninth Street Elementary School in Los Angeles are joining the City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works Junior Inspector Program during 2007 National Public Works Week, May 20th through 26th, Board of Public Works officials said.

Bureau of Street Services Investigation and Enforcement Division staff oversee Junior Inspectors to encourage students to do their part in improving the “quality of life” in Los Angeles neighborhoods.

“Among other things, our Junior Inspectors monitor and help protect storm drains, participate in recycling projects, [and] report graffiti and illegal dumping and any obstructions on sidewalks or parkways,” said Board of Public Works president Cynthia Ruiz. “We stress courtesy and urge them to encourage others to maintain and beautify neighborhoods.”

“We are pleased to welcome Braddock Drive and Ninth Street School fifth-graders as the newest participants,” Ruiz added.

Public Works Week, with the 2007 theme “Public Works: Moving Life Forward,” is a celebration of people throughout North America who provide and maintain infrastructure services.

Throughout the week, the City of Los Angeles is conducting special observances and outreach activities, including a special site visit at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 24th, to the Hyperion Treatment Plant in Playa del Rey, for 30 Braddock Drive Elementary students.

The Department of Public Works is the third largest municipal agency in the city, with more than 5,700 employees and an annual budget of more than $1 billion. It is responsible for construction, renovation and oper- ation of public facilities and infrastructure and provides essential public services like recycling and solid waste management, city officials said.

Information, the Board of Public Works Public Affairs Office, (213) 978-0333 or