Thirty bed hostel in Carthay Circle

Posts: * Paul Koretz’s office was instrumental in having an illegal hostel on San Vicente in the middle of Carthay Circle closed down. Because of neighborhood activism it seems to have only taken a few weeks.

* The address was 6207 San Vicente. The house was being rented by two women who then turned it into a hostel, advertising on numerous sites including air bnb and hosting up to 30 people per night in the 3 bed 2 bath single family home.

* Just last night, I was standing outside of Starbucks at the crossroads of Fairfax/Olympic/San Vicente and a young lady dragging a large suitcase asked me if I knew where the hostel at 6207 San Vicente was located. She had either a British or Australian accent. I told her I wasn’t aware of any hostels being located in the immediate vicinity but good luck finding it. She was very young and seemed really nice. If anything, I feel somewhat bad for the those kids, I guess. Coming from foreign countries on holiday and to get caught up in this shady illegal scheme.

* There are hostels in areas zoned for that. With parking. And enough bathrooms. These 30-35 guests were told to park on Del Valle at night. Del Valle has parking on one side of the street, 44 houses, 40 parking spaces in front of houses. My daughter saw a couple having sex in their car at 8:30am just around the corner from the hostel, which is how I got involved and mentioned it to my neighbors, who had more stories. Children walk to school that way. Another neighbor saw a couple having sex in the tiny park at the corner one evening. I guess 8 beds to a room was less romantic than our block. Used condoms and weed implements appeared. Thirty-five people living in a three bedroom home makes it a flop house. These are not homeless people. These are travelers wooed by ads. It was a lucrative profit making business, not a shelter.Over 500 non-vetted individual stayed there in a six month period. Some could have been sex offenders that were temporary guests so they wouldn’t need to register…visiting two blocks from an elementary school.

About Luke Ford

Raised a Seventh-Day Adventist at Avondale College in Australia, Luke Ford moved to California in 1977. He graduated from Placer High School in 1984, reported the news at KAHI/KHYL radio for three years, attended Sierra College and UCLA, was largely bedridden by Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for six years, and converted to Judaism in 1993. From 1997-2007, Luke made his living from blogging. Living by Beverly Hills (, he now teaches the Alexander Technique (moving the way the body likes to move). Lessons cost $100 each and last about 45 minutes. In 2011, Luke completed a three-year teaching course at the Alexander Training Institute of Los Angeles. His personal Alexander Technique website is Luke is the author of five books, including: » The Producers: Profiles in Frustration » Yesterday’s News Tomorrow: Inside American Jewish Journalism
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