Monday, April 22, 2013

Semi Tropic Spiritualists' Tract: Stolen Honda Abandoned On Controversial Development Site

Photo: Diane Edwardson, April 18, 2013, 12:59 PM.  Midday Friday, a stolen silver Honda Accord was abandoned on the "hiking trail" on the upper portion of the controversial 16-lot subdivision in the Semi Tropic Spiritualists' Tract.  (Click on photos to enlarge.) 

A neighbor talked to LAPD detectives on scene in these photos.  They said the car was reported stolen for the second time in the past year from Pasadena. 

The hiking trail is supposed to remain open to the public according to the conditions of approval for the subdivision.  However, that does not mean it needs to remain open to vehicle traffic.  
Photo: Diane Edwardson, April 18, 2013.  At least one of the pieces of the parking gate still remains at the entrance at El Moran and Alvarado. If you look closely, you can even see the cement base where it was pulled out of the dirt. 
Friday, I spoke to LAPD Senior Lead Officer  (SLO) Lenny Davis who often patrolled the area with retired SLO Al Polehonki.  Officer Davis & I remembered there used to be an actual steel gate there, like a fire or parking gate.  Many gates disappeared in isolated areas, like this & the Red Car Property, in the past 20 years due to aggressive metal thieves who sell them for scrap.  Those gates are heavy steel, but I can name at least 3 on the Red Car Property that disappeared since I moved here in 1990.
Photo: Diane Edwardson, April 17, 2009.  In February, I was among several neighbors who walked the "hiking trail" with the developer & representatives from City Councilmember (CD13) Eric Garcetti's office.  We remarked about the missing parking gate at the time.  The developer claimed it was the City's responsibility, not theirs.  I said I would dig up photos that there used to be one. 
Photo: Diane Edwardson, April 17, 2009.  Unfortunately, by April 2009, the gate was already missing.  However, 5 steel posts  cemented into the ground were still in place.  It looks like neighbors piled up tree branches to keep vehicles from driving between the posts.
Tract map detail, VTT62900, 2400 Allesandro Street, April 1, 2008.  The guard posts even show up on the tract map on file with City Planning (public information).  Inset taken from map below, flipped so the orientation matches the photos better.
Tract map VTT62900, 2400 Allesandro St, April 1, 2008. According to the survey, the "GD POSTS" are clearly within the subdivision and not on City property.