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.

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Accident On La Cienega/Olympic Blvds Snarls Traffic This Evening

All roads nearby are congested for more than a mile away.

Apparently, before 6pm, a car hit a motorcyclist and it resulted in a fatality. Cops were directing traffic through the intersection.

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Construction Boom In 90035

Posts: * Some of you may be aware that many of the new construction sites in this neighborhood are owned and being developed by orthodox Jewish land owners. Some of them may even be first timers. They are sure to honor Shabbat (Friday from sundown until Saturday at Sundown), but they think absolutely nothing of paying their construction workers to work all day Saturday, not even taking into consideration how the disruption and unbearable noise impacts everyone else around those construction sites including other Orthodox Jews who, they themselves, look forward to a peaceful and quiet Shabbat. Does anyone see the hypocrisy in this beside me? Does anyone realize how dishonest this makes the developers?

* The problem is the developers are not doing better. Many of the contractors they work with hire the most unskilled laborers at the cheapest wages they can get away with. I have witnessed 3 residential construction projects erect on my block alone and the quality of the construction is shoddy to say the least. They use the cheapest labor possible, the cheapest, low quality building supplies, and cut as many corners as possible to avoid spending money. And the majority of people who rent the units in these new, so called delux apartments, are young singles with multiple roommates because most families and single hard working folks cannot afford the rents which, on average, are 3000.00 to 4500.00 plus per month. The only way most people can afford any of the new housing is to have at least a 6 figure income. The fairly new town home style building next door to us has never rented to a family, only singles with 2-3 roommates. The rents are over 4500 per month.

* Involvement is paramount in voicing our concerns. Over the years I have attended some of these meetings but the problem is, for the most part, not enough people attend. Also, the area I am located in has a very high concentration of Orthodox Jews. Most are very nice and are good neighbors, but they do not usually get politically involved, unless it has something to do with Israel. It’s unfortunate. The other problem also is that these meetings are usually during the day and I can’t take time off work to attend. My husband and I are very politically active and truly believe in being able to exercise our right to express ourselves and our opinions. I wish more people would do the same.

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The Right To Pee Publicly

Daniel Greenfield writes:

The official alternative name for Assembly Bill 5 is the “Homeless Bill of Rights”, but a real alternative name for it might be the “Make California Towns and Cities into Public Toilets” bill.

Assembly Bill 5 sets out to support the right of crazy people to engage in such vital activities as public urination. And no, that isn’t a joke. It may actually be the first law ever that turns public urination into a right.

(f) The right to engage in life sustaining activities that must be carried out in public spaces because of homelessness, including, but not limited to, eating, congregating, possessing and storing personal property, urinating, or collecting and possessing goods for recycling

Just think, we went from Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Religion to the right to urinate in public in under 250 years. Has any civilization collapsed this fast? And one more thing to remember, Texas is an illegal alien amnesty or two away from turning into California.

Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, framed Assembly Bill 5 as an attempt to create a statewide baseline of homeless civil rights. “Today numerous laws infringe on poor peoples’ ability to exist in public space.”

Fascist laws like bans on urinating in public that the gay rights activist, standup comedian and San Francisco politician think need to be torn down.

And if you’re wondering what the definition of a “public space”, the new toilet/bunk bed of the state is, the bill helpfully explains.

“Public space” means any space that is predominantly within the public domain or that is held open to the public, including, but not limited to, plazas, courtyards, parking lots, sidewalks, public transportation, public buildings and parks.

So yes. There will be a right for homeless people to urine on buses and trains. And apparently in public buildings, like Assemblyman Tom Ammiano’s office. While the bill mentions a right to public restrooms, it makes no mention of limiting the newly forged right of public urination only to those restrooms.

California businesses are about as supportive of a bill that legalizes homeless people sleeping and urinating and trashing up their areas as you might expect.

The proposed bill amends civil and government codes to create a new protected class, ultimately providing unlimited access for homeless individuals in public spaces, parks, streets, transit infrastructure, and even entrances of office buildings. The bill would prohibit property and business owners, DSP’s clean and safe team, and public safety officers from enforcing local ordinances that limit nuisance activities including public urination, sleeping, congregating and other behavior.

Instead of offering services and housing, this measure enables our most at risk and chronic homeless individuals to remain on the streets.

Well yes, obviously. Homeless people are protected class and protected classes must be perpetuated by keeping them homeless and making more homeless people while disrupting the ability of normal economic activity to function as much as possible. Also known as liberalism.

And the bill also expands the definition of homeless to include as many people as possible, including those living in “substandard apartments, dwellings, doubled up temporarily with friends or families, or staying in transitional housing programs. “Homeless” means any person staying in a residential hotel without tenancy rights, and families with children staying in a residential hotel whether or not they have tenancy rights.”

And a close reading of the bill actually suggests that it legalizes public urination for everyone, as it specifies these rights, including the right to drag around shopping carts full of bottles and cans and urinate in public to “Every person in the state, regardless of actual or perceived housing status.”

So if it is finally made law, Assembly Bill 5 would legalize public urination for every person in the state regardless of actual housing status.

And it also adds the right to panhandle and the right to welfare

The right to access income sufficient for survival, regardless of employment status or criminal justice background, including, but not limited to, the right to receive funds through public welfare programs, private donations, collecting recyclable goods, or soliciting donations in public spaces.

Utopia is almost here.

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Drone with video camera Flying Out Of 1915 S. Crescent Heights Blvd

Posts: * A drone with a video camera attached was seen flying over homes and backyards at about 11:15 a.m. today. The Drone landed in the backyard of a house at 1915 South Crescent Heights Boulevard. I attempted to contact the resident there but they were not cooperative.

I went to the offeding neighbor’s home in attempt to speak with them but the home owner was uncooperative and rude. At that point I had no alternative but to contact the police to register a complaint. The police went to the home and attempted to speak with the resident but the home owner would not answer the door. The police came back and informed me that they are compiling a list of complaints about such issues for the city council who is preparing to pass an ordinance soon to address such complaints. Hence, I don’t think it was a waste of resources to contact the police about this and I encourage all neighbors to register complains about such drones IF the drone owners are uncooperative in respecting neighbors privacy concerns.

* Several months ago I was walking to the gym. At the corner of Garth and Guthrie a drone was hovering in the air above me as I walked. I thought it was strange and an invasion of my privacy.

* My girl was sunbathing in the backyard and she heard a weird noise and looked up and saw a drone hovering a couple hundred feet overhead. She called for me and said she felt like it was recording her and she felt uncomfortable. I felt the same vibe. I got my AR-15 out the safe, pulled back the charging handle and trained the sights on the thing. Before I could fire, it took off. Guess it WAS watching us.It got ghost ina about 3 seconds after it saw my weapon. Had to be looking at us. Homie….. IF I SEE IT AGAIN I WILL SHOOT IT DOWN. THAT IS MY WORD. I don’t care what your hobby is, what the law is, or if you are within your legal right….you spy on my girl and fly over my yard and I’m gonna take your shit out. Some shit just aint fair dawg. And if I find out where you live I’ll come by and beat your ass too and break your drone, and if you call the cops I’ll lawyer the fuck up and have my homies beat your ass till you realize it’s too painful and you drop the charges against me. Don’t fuck with my bitch and don’t go looking in my yard homie. I don’t like that shit. Why does my girl deserve to be sexuslly harrassed by you and your robot while she is home in her own yard? Thats bs. Learn to respect peoples space. And get a hobby that might actually GET you some pussy (basketball, car building, working out) and you wont have to jerk off to my girl sunbathing , alone, with your toy robot. Respect earns respect. Please show me and my girl the respect we deserve and I’ll do the same. No hard feelings, just don’t do it again.

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49 Apartment Building Proposed For 6132 W. Pico Blvd

At the site of the current Jerry’s Garden Inn.

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Scary Man Lets The Racial Epithets Fly

Posts: * Yesterday as my husband and I were getting out of our car, a man walked past us and yelled out to us, “hey long hair, hey white boy, you should know what you marry into is a reflection of you bitch”. We’re pretty friendly with our neighbors and are used to saying hi to everyone we come across but we did not recognize this individual and I did not like his tone. He was mumbling something else out loud as he made his way down Pickford. This is the first time in four years that someone made me feel uncomfortable in this neighborhood. Has anyone else come across this?

Description of person involved – Hair: Black, Bottom: Pinstripe pants, Build: Thin, Race: African-American, Sex: M, Other details: I don’t exaggerate when I say he seemed to be dressed like Sammy Davis Jr. Pinstriped short pants, the white socks, slicked back hair, thin frame. I actually noticed him before we parked the car because he looked so dapper! So that whole incident caught us by surprise. I did not like it.

* It’s really scary what our neighborhood is becoming. I’ve lived here for 32 years and now it’s unrecognizable… I want to be proud there’s a diversity of people here, but honestly I prefer the group we were in 1985, all respecting of the other, maybe not interacting much, but highly RESPECTING each one! So sad now and scary times with thefts and some crazy people around.

* Friday a man who’d parked in front of our house drove off, parked again, then turned his car around and called my husband a non-applicable racial epithet neither of us have ever used.

* That guy did the exact same to us. I am pretty sure he lives on the 1000 block of Point View in South Carthay. I wasn’t sure why he did that but I think he was responding to my pointing to my car and he thought I was pointing at him. Strange!

* I’ve seen him around the neighborhood and 7-11, sometimes with another guy. About a month or two ago, while I was working on our place, he walked by me on Whitworth and said something, let’s just say, “unsettling” and completely out of any context. This was AFTER I said hello.

* This neighborhood has gone so downhill. The other week I saw a huge muscled out guy in broad daylight walking by aiming his hand like a gun at a lady in her car while saying “I’ll kill you bitch”. He ran off down the street, came back with a window squeegee, and started hitting random cars with it and trying to open the car doors.

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Laundry Breeze Re-Opens At 1661 S. Robertson Blvd

Press release: Los Angeles—Laundry Breeze, at 1661 S. Robertson Blvd, recently completed a significant renovation, including the addition of high-efficiency washers and dryers; free WIFI; snack, soap and soda vending machines; and flat-screen TVs. The new Laundry Breeze is an energy-efficient, bright, clean and modern card-operated laundry, according to owner Payman Bassirat. Fully attended, the 2,400-square-foot Laundry Breeze is open 6 a.m.-11 p.m. daily, and provides drop-off wash/dry/fold service.
“We rebranded the former Launderland to Laundry Breeze to let the public know that doing laundry here is now a quick, easy, breezy experience,” said Bassirat. “When the store was purchased, all the equipment was old and in poor working condition. Utilities were high and so were repairs. The decision to put in new equipment was a no-brainer. The laundry is basically brand new, with new equipment, floors, surfaces, dry wall and vending center.”
The new Laundry Breeze touts high-efficiency, water-conserving Continental and LG commercial washers and dryers that allow customers to complete laundry in less time. Machines in 2- to 7-load capacities take on small to large, bulky laundry loads. “The washers offer high G-force extract speeds, which remove more moisture from laundry loads during extract,” he said. “This cuts resulting dry time and allows our customers to complete laundry sooner.”
Elite Business Investments, in Valley Village, Calif., worked with Bassirat to locate and retool the laundry. By selecting water-conserving washers, Bassirat said he’s helping the citizens of California conserve water during the state’s devastating and ongoing drought. He replaced the previous laundry’s top-load washers, which consumed about 30 gallons of water per load, with 14 LG double-load washers, which use less than 14 gallons of water per load. Additionally, the Continental 4-, 5- and 7-load G-Flex Washers are engineered for superior efficiency and wash quality, according to Bassirat.
Catering to self-service and full-service customers alike, Laundry Breeze’s trained attendants are helpful and knowledgeable. While self-service customers enjoy Laundry Breeze’s extensive equipment offering, free WIFI, vending machines and large-screen televisions, full-service customers enjoy the convenience of drop-off service. “Just drop off your laundry in the morning and pick it up later that day,” said Bassirat. Attendants wash and dry items according to customer specifications and then fold and package them for pick-up.
“Our beautifully clean and friendly environment sets us apart,” said Bassirat. “We are so proud to bring Laundry Breeze to the community.”
To find out more about Laundry Breeze, call 323-316-0383.

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Homeless Camp On La Cienega/Olympic Blvds

Comments: * Has anyone seen the homeless encampment on La Cienga and Olympic northeast corner? any suggestions on how this can be addressed?

* I’ve seen it. Is there a reason it’s bothering you? Or did you have some type of run-in with the individual(s) living there? I personally found it impressive and strategic. I was thinking of going by with some water and snacks and batteries for a handheld fan — it’s so hot these days, imagine living on the street and getting no relief.

* Some homeless individuals are mentally ill, some are criminals. Residential crime escalates where they reside. Businesses are affected as well. Rats and mice often multiply unchecked.

* We had a year of homeless people coming around our building because one of the residents who had issues befriended them and it just caused chaos. All of them had serious drug issues and things began to disappear. It was a nightmare. (Eric, quality of life diminished greatly) The resident has finally gone and so have our problems. I’m sure you can understand this simple logic.

I also feel for their plight but camping out on public property is not the solution. It just brings more issues to those who have to live in their vicinity who don’t want to see the trash, drugs, human excrement, arguments and bizarre behavior.

If any of you want to witness this on a daily basis, I am serious, feel free to invite these folks to your property and see first-hand how terrible life can become.

* Hey, if they bring the trash, drugs, human excrement, arguments and bizarre behavior, I’ll supply the music and finger food. Party at my place!

* Clearly there is a difference in perspective between those who own vs those who rent. I agree with you protecting the integrity of the neighborhood only secures the value of your investment. Not doing so is like opening a checking account in a check cashing establishment.

* How would you feel if it was time to sell your home while there was a tent city just one block from your house? A friend of mine keeps telling me to leave Southern California and move back up north. When we get in these arguments, he always trumps me by saying, “Michael, your million-dollar-plus neighborhood is the only place I have ever seen a woman squat over a garbage can in broad daylight and take a sh*t!” We have families living in this neighborhood. The situation needs to be dealt with in a sympathetic yet firm manner. We need to continue to pressure the City to deal with this as opposed to letting it spiral out of control – which it has.

* Because I honestly can’t imagine anyone who is willing to shell out $1.8 million to own property in this neighborhood who would readily support tenting, crapping and drugs all in the comfort of your front lawn.

* I agree that long term we need a comprehensive solution. The recent homeless tax that was just passed in Los Angeles is evidence that people are willing to pay to solve this problem. I’m not sure simply building housing is the solution, not without directly addressing the mental health issues. However, short term we have a problem that the city is not dealing with well – these tents that are blocking the sidewalks. BTW, people in wheel chairs and the blind often cannot get around these tents. They have rights too.

I’ve often heard this argument that rising rents are a problem. I have yet to meet a homeless person who pitched a tent on the sidewalk because their landlord simply raised their rent – after all we do have strict rent control. Let me share with you the profiles of the small encampment that nestled on the corner of La Jolla and Pico. There were two tents there. One of the tents was occupied by a man who had a criminal record and at one point had to abandon his tent because of a bench warrant. Yes, he was arrested. He also happened to have a rotating stash of bicycles. This stash seemed to grow and ebb. Why does one homeless person need five bikes? Cars and trucks often pulled up and there seemed to be a trading of personal property. The second individual was a man and his pregnant girlfriend. We were told by the authorities that dealt with them that they both had a history of drug abuse, and this was the reason they were on the street. Neighbors noticed what appeared to be drug activity and behavior that could be related to drug use. After much pressure from neighbors, the city somehow moved the guy with the criminal record and talked the other two into some sort of program that could help them. The result was that they were moved – for the better of the community and in the instance of the pregnant woman – better for her since we were assured she was offered assistance related to her pregnancy. Had the neighbors not pressured the city in this instance, I’m sure they would still be there plus one or two more tents. Her baby may have even been born in that tent.
Do you think that allowing them to simply stay there would have been the best, short-term solution?

* In regards to the homeless couple with the pregnant woman that Michael mentioned was camped at La Jolla & Pico. They were in the alley between S. Crescent Heights & Stearns by Pico for a while. Unfortunately there was definitely mental illness involved with the pregnant woman, but it wasn’t as bad as to necessitate her being committed and put under a 72 hr watch, or so I was told. Officer Green would go by there every day. She was offered help when she was here, and refused it again and again. She was violent towards a neighbor and myself on separate occasions to the point the police had to be called, and the police came out 4 or 5 times in a day at one point because of her erratic and volatile behavior. The boyfriend was stealing electricity from one of the buildings (and was given multiple warnings that it was illegal and he could be arrested for it, and he continued) and apparently also managed to set something on fire as well. Honestly no one would want a woman who is 8 months pregnant on the streets, but there is nothing you can do to force them to accept the help offered. It is their choice. Her boyfriend wanted the help, but they were coming to help her and she didn’t seem to want it. Eventually they moved on after a while, apparently over to La Jolla & Pico (which I just became aware of). But I can’t imagine any renter, nor any owner, would be ok with their building almost going up in smokes. I think it all boils down to mutual respect, and that includes respecting our neighborhoods as well. I think had they not caused such noise disturbances in the middle of the night (lots of yelling and fighting), stolen electricity, almost set a building on fire, brought in hoards of trash, and not attacked various neighbors there would have been a different reception towards them, potentially of wanting to do more to help, rather than just “get rid of them.” I came at it as this is a horrible situation for all involved, how can we help these people find a better solution/situation, but the moment I was verbally attacked and pursued by her I was done. It’s not fair to have to feel unsafe in your own home. I think that just goes to show that every situation is different.

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Dead body in front of abandoned motel at La Cienega/Cashio

I often see homeless people sleeping there.

Comment: * Does anybody know what happened this morning? Dead body covered on street in front of motel on La ciénaga and Cashio. Police there.

* Oh my god…I just stopped and gave the homeless man that has been sleeping around that turquoise motel some food and water last night!!!! Was it him?!? I just spoke with him (briefly) around 5:45 last night!! Omg

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