Friday, October 2, 2015

Red Car Canyon: Campfire Last Night

Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, October 2, 2015.  Someone is trying to scare neighbors by having a campfire in Red Car Canyon.  Luckily, things have been pretty damp at night and the grass is green right now.  They clearly tried to hide it by arranging the large tree stumps to block the view from the Corralitas end of the Red Car Property - the most likely direction from which the LAPD or LAFD would have entered the property.

Wednesday night, neighbors called the police when a noisy party of  teenagers with expensive bicycles went on for hours near the Riverside Place entrance to Red Car Canyon.  One neighbor reported that shortly after email regarding the loud party went out to the canyon neighborhood watch list, the group took off on their bikes down Riverside Place. 

After yesterday's campsite on Lot C, Howard Fields, owner's rep for the Red Car Property, immediately updated the trespass order with LAPD Senior Lead Officer Lenny Davis.  If someone is having a campsite, blocking emergency access, partying, vandalizing property,  call the non-emergency 1-877-ASK-LAPD.  A copy of the trespass order is on file at the Northeast LAPD.  If a serious (violent) crime is taking place or you see fire call 911. You may need to leave your phone number and give them directions to the property as sometimes they come from another division. 

DO NOT CONFRONT THESE INDIVIDUALS.  If you see them littering, be polite and ask them to take their trash with them.  Neighbors who have encountered the partiers, day or night, say they just appear to be kids from the neighborhood, not gangbangers.  So if you know them, have a chat with them, but do not get confrontational. 

If you smell fire, step outside and investigate.  Just because the grass is green now, does not mean the trees have recovered from the drought.  Eucalyptus, pine, palm trees, arundo and bamboo are highly combustible year round.  If you have these trees and plants around your rear fence, you might want to take a look at them this weekend and do some pruning.  Brush clearance is a year round responsibility.