Monday, November 23, 2015

Red Car Canyon: It Takes Effort To Dump Here, Even More Effort To Get It Picked Up

Photo: Diane Edwardson, November 22, 2015.  Someone must have driven onto the Red Car Property, into the canyon and dumped the 5 - 6 foot tall broken windows with what appear to be metal frames, in between the tall jade plants.  Some dead yucca trees, dead Giant Bird of Paradise and palm fronds were piled on top, partially concealing the windows from view.
Photo: Diane Edwardson, November 22, 2015.  While checking out the pile with a longtime Riverside Place neighbor, we noticed a chaise lounge hidden back behind the broken windows. 
Photo: Diane Edwardson, November 22, 2015.  Standing on the trail looking toward the dumping, it's almost completely hidden by the jade plants.  This is not the first time someone has dumped in this exact location.  In May, someone dumped a large screen TV here.  

In May, the property owner's rep and the guy he hired to pick up the dumping, kept insisting the TV came from the house above.  Right.  They threw it off they deck and it landed intact?  Just like today's pile of carefully stacked dumping?  Red Car Property neighbors are keenly aware of the "broken window" effect of dumping that only attracts more dumping and other nuisance problems.

Someone wants to keep the Red Car Property as their own private dumping ground.  They know the property owner doesn't pick it up, nor does the City.  The City will not pick up dumping on private property.  The property should be closed to vehicle traffic except for emergency vehicles.  Friday night around 7PM, I received a text from a canyon neighbor saying they saw a van driving through the canyon toward the Corralitas end of the property.  It was too dark to see license plates or details like color or make. 

If you see someone dumping anywhere, get a license, make and model of the truck and/or take a photo with your cell phone and call the non-emergency 1-877-ASK-LAPD and report it immediately.  Then report it to 311 for pick up, as illegal dumping (if it's on a City street or sidewalk.)  (The LAPD does not call it in to 311 for you.)

Don't dump your bulky items here, or anywhere.  Arrange a bulky item pick-up on the City;s website or download the app: MyLA311. You can call 311, but that takes longer.