LOS ANGELES, CA – A court-ordered pre-inspection on Tuesday, July 18, 2023 availed the first opportunity for the City of Los Angeles access to the private property located at 14008 W. Hubbard Street and conduct a comprehensive inspection of the premises, in advance of the Wednesday, July 19 court hearing which was scheduled due to previous citations and noncompliance. The court-ordered pre-inspection Tuesday revealed additional public health and safety concerns that prompted intervention from the Department of Water and Power to shut down power access to the property. Councilwoman Rodriguez in the last two weeks has been discretely coordinating resources to offer alternative housing solutions to those residing in the RV’s and working with Emergency Management and Recreation and Parks Departments to stand up emergency shelter upon being informed that power would be shut off.
This pre-inspection action builds upon the initial efforts led by Councilwoman Rodriguez, who immediately reported the private property to LADBS when notified of the issue, resulting in violations and compliance notices. The initial reporting to LADBS is what directly led to the current court case and the mandatory pre-inspection. A resolution for the property was further complicated as the property is in the City of Los Angeles and the City of San Fernando.
“While this case continued through the court system we recognized the severity and grave circumstances with this private property and worked with great urgency to alleviate the impacts for both the individuals living on the property and neighboring residents. In advance of the court-ordered 4-day vacate notice issued today, we operated with measured discretion and urgency for the protection of the residents on the property. In collaboration with our Emergency Management and Recreation and Parks Departments, we quickly assembled emergency shelter and housing relocation assistance through a partnership with the Los Angeles Housing Department and the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. Media attention has inhibited and stalled residents of the property from seeking assistance. The conditions on this private property are an exploitation of vulnerable people seeking housing, and I am thankful for the success of our coordinated response that brings some immediate resolution for neighbors and residents at the property in question,” said Councilwoman Rodriguez.
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About Councilwoman Rodriguez
Los Angeles City Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez serves as the Chair of the Public Safety Committee and represents the 7th Council District in the Northeast San Fernando Valley which includes the neighborhoods of Sylmar, Mission Hills, Pacoima, Lake View Terrace, Sunland, Tujunga, North Hills, Shadow Hills, and La Tuna Canyon. For more information, visit: https://monicarodriguez.org/.