The LAFD Brush Clearance Unit is unlikely to cite the owner since technically the vacant lots on our side of town fall under the City Dept of Lot Cleaning's jurisdiction. But Lot Cleaning never does the slopes nor trims the trees up from the ground according to LAFD standards for Hillside lots in the VHFHSZ. If a fire were to start in this canyon and damage or destroy adjacent homes, the City should be held liable, along with the property owner.
*UPDATE 6-22-12: A number of neighbors and I received an email response from CD 13 Silver Lake Deputy Ryan Carpio, this afternoon. CD13 is working with LAFD, City Dept of Lot Cleaning, Building & Safety and the City Attorney to resolve the brush clearance issue.
Diane's opinion: Until a City Councilmember has the balls to stand up to the City Department of Lot Cleaning and tells them to give up jurisdiction of the vacant Hillside lots in the Northeast (the areas added to the VHFHSZ around the year 2000) to the LAFD Brush Unit, these problems will continue on our side of town.