Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Red Car Property: Why Brush Clearance Is So Important

*UPDATE at end of post
Photo: Diane Edwardson, May 16, 2015.  This past weekend, a homeless couple took up residence under a densely overgrown tree directly behind homes on the Red Car Property. A neighbor confirmed it Monday.  (Click on photos to enlarge.) 

Since parts of a sectional couch  and a bag of trash were dumped and left untouched since February, we've been asking the Red Car Property owner's rep to have the trash and dumping removed and trim the tree branches up from the ground per LAFD brush clearance regulations.  We warned him that dumping would only attract more dumping, scavengers and homeless.  

Sure enough, Saturday was a very strange day with the couple throwing things all over the place from under the tree, claiming to be "cleaning up the community!"  However they were making a really big mess.  I was followed by the woman on Saturday, as was a neighbor,  yesterday.  The woman never stopped talking.  We just walked away. 
Photo: Diane Edwardson, May 16, 2015.  The tree should be trimmed up from the ground as it is 1. a fire hazard and 2. offers the homeless a place to hide.  

The deadline for brush clearance was May 1.  No brush clearance whatsoever has begun on the property yet.

How come the individual hillside homeowners all have to do brush clearance by May 1 but the large lot landowners never seem to do their brush clearance by even the 4th of July?  Their negligence puts the entire neighborhood at risk.

The Red Car Property Owner's Rep Howard Fields, LAPD Senior Lead Officer Lenny Davis and City Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell's Deputy Adam Bass have all been notified of this new campsite and all of the recent dumping.  

Bass forwarded the information to the Neighborhood Prosecutor and advised neighbors to file a complaint with Building & Safety if the Red Car Property owner fails to clean up the dumping and homeless issues.

The Red Car Property is private property and there is an active trespass order signed by the property owner on file at the Northeast LAPD desk. 

LAFD Brush Clearance Unit  

Related: Fire 2014
Brush Clearance  
2012, Why did the City do such a good job at brush clearance while the property was for sale?

*UPDATE 5-25-15: The homeless couple that had taken up residence were last seen mid-week. Yesterday a contractor for the property owner removed the couches, debris and other dumping from under and around the tree, as well as the rest of the south end of the Red Car Property.  Per the contractor, will be returning this week to trim the tree and do brush clearance.  Within a few hours of the dumping being removed, someone dumped a door on the property 50' from the tree.  (We've seen this behavior before too.)