Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Corralitas Pits of Doom

Photo: Diane Edwardson, October 1, 2008. Pits of Doom between the Corralitas Staircase and 2467 Corralitas Drive.

The Corralitas developer who gave us ugly rooftops, a collapsing staircase and an illegal billboard, now gives us Corralitas Pits of Doom.

This evening, while searching for his missing dog for an hour and a half, a neighbor discovered about a dozen 3' wide by 6' to 8' deep holes, unprotected but covered by a thin, disintegrating blue tarp. The neighbor found his dog unhurt, but scared at the bottom of one of these holes. The dog chased after his ball and stepped into a death trap. It could have easily have happened to a child or even an adult since there is no fence around the site, nor even boards covering the holes.

The tarp has been covering the hillside adjacent to the Corralitas Staircase for months. Neighbors assumed it was to keep rain from eroding the slope further last spring. No one imagined it was merely camouflaging a bunch of death traps. We've asked City Councilmember Garcetti's office to get Building & Safety to take immediate action.

UPDATE: October 2, 2008. Building & Safety inspected the site and posted an order to comply by securing the site with fencing and "protecting the excavations."

UPDATE: October 6, 2008. The Corralitas Pits of Doom appear to have been covered with plywood over the weekend.