Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Red Car Property: Someone Is Trying To Blame Adjacent Neighbors For Dumping

Photo: Jonathan Vandiveer, November 14, 2015.  A handwritten sign on a piece of cardboard says "LAPD has been notified about the property above this ILLEGAL DUMPING."  (Click on photos to enlarge.)

I had to laugh when I saw the sign.  Yeah, those neighbors 50' upslope on Lake View Ave would bother to drive a dishwasher and a couple dozen bags of trash to Corralitas, onto the Red Car Property and dump them under a tree, below their house.  The bags were intact when they were dumped there a few weeks ago.  The dishwasher and  full bags of trash were not flung down a steep slope.  Since they first appeared, scavengers (human and/or animal) have torn into the bags and spread the trash around.
Photo: Diane Edwardson, November 13, 2015.  The sign is propped up between discarded concrete and bricks, 10' in front of the bags of trash, under a huge tree which is a known dumping ground for someone who dumps large appliances, TVs and computers

Last week, a neighbor pushed the last dishwasher dumped there into the open, in hopes the Red Car Property owner would actually have it cleaned up.  (We send photos of every instance of dumping to the owner's rep).  Instead, the very next day, several dozen bags of trash were dumped under the dishwasher tree, followed in the next few days by the additional wire frame and tree branches dumped at the dishwasher.
Photo: Diane Edwardson, November 13, 2015.  So to review, it seems someone is setting out to trash the Red Car Property because they know the property owner does not clean it up.  The City won't pick it up because it's private property.  The pile of glass and general trash in the foreground was clearly swept out of the back of a pick up truck the same time the dishwasher first appeared under the tree (where the trash bags now reside) in early October.  

Who does this benefit?  The property owner will say it's a dumping ground - well it's the Red Car Property owner's responsibility to clean it up.  The owner's rep has tried to make this the neighbors' responsibility to catch the dumpers.  In 25 years, I've only ever caught someone in the act of dumping in our neighborhood 3 times.  It can happen in the time it takes to drive to the post office and back, in the middle of the day.  If it is someone from the neighborhood dumping on the property, then they're really not very good neighbors, and I'm betting it's not the people directly above the tree.

If you see someone dumping - anywhere - snap a photo with your cell phone, get a license plate and vehicle/person description and call it in immediately to the non-emergency 1-877-ASK-LAPD.