Apr 212017
 

L.A. Cracks Down On Gang And Drug Dens

CITY ATTORNEY FEUER ESCALATES

CRACKDOWN ON GANG AND DRUG DENS THROUGHOUT LA

 

Five Lawsuits Seek to Curb Rampant Criminal Activity at Properties In the San Fernando Valley and South Los Angeles

Intensifying his ongoing effort to rid the city of gang and crime infested properties, City Attorney Mike Feuer announced that his office has filed five lawsuits against the owners of six properties across the city. The properties include single family homes, an apartment building and two motels and have been the sites of rampant criminal activity including drug sales and gun possession.

“For too long, residents of these communities across our city have been plagued by the rampant criminal activity we allege at these properties,” said Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer. “Enough is enough. My office will continue to fight to rid our neighborhoods of illegal guns, drugs and gang conduct that devastate communities.”

Recent narcotics and nuisance abatement filings include:

  • A single family dwelling located at 6548 Cleon Avenue in North Hollywood allegedly continues to be the site for heroin and methamphetamine sales on a regular and continuous basis. In the past year, LAPD has made 18 narcotics related arrests at the property. The property is located within a half mile of Fair Avenue Elementary School and the Victory-Vineland Recreation Center. Emile Gosline, the property owner, was named in the lawsuit.
  • Three separate bungalows located at 709-711 ½ W. 54th Street in Vermont Square in South Los Angeles are allegedly used as hangouts for two allied criminal street gangs: 51 Nothing But Trouble Gangster Crips and 52 Hoover Gangster Crips. Gang members and associates allegedly use the property to store firearms, use narcotics and tag gang graffiti. In the past two years, there have been several arrests at the property and at least four firearms have been recovered. The bungalows are located within a half mile of two parks, one church and six schools (52nd Street Elementary School, Nativity School, Dantzler Middle School, Summit Prep Charter, Hawkins High School, and Budlong Elementary School). Emaline Harris, as trustee of the Eddie & Emaline Harris Revocable Living Trust Dated October 12, 2007, the property owner, was named in the lawsuit.
  • A single family dwelling located at 333 W. 58th Street is allegedly used to sell crystal methamphetamine, including four controlled buys by undercover officers in 2017. The property has also been the location of at least two shootings as well as the arrest of an individual illegally possessing a loaded semi-automatic handgun. The property is located less than 2,000 feet from a public park and three schools (Estrella Elementary School, Aspire/Tate Elementary School, and 61st Street Elementary School). Putative property owner Tyreca Deshon Angrum and alleged narcotics dealers Frank Hall and Tyson Hall were each named in the lawsuit.
  • A single family dwelling located at 900 East 24th Street is allegedly used by relatives of the elderly property owner for the sale of narcotics including crack cocaine and heroin. The property has also allegedly been the location for several threats, batteries, and assaults, including an assault with a deadly weapon. The property is located one block away from the Second Baptist Church, a historic site and cultural landmark in South Los Angeles. The property owner Julia Griffith and Aaron Novel, a resident at the property and alleged drug dealer are named in the lawsuit.
  • The 4 Star Motel, an 18-unit property located at 7400 S. Figueroa Street in South Los Angeles and the Showtime Motel, a 12-unit property, located at 11122 Ventura Boulevard in Studio City both allegedly serve as a magnet for criminal activity including individuals who sell and use narcotics, batteries, and sexual assaults. The properties also allegedly serve as a haven for pimps and rampant prostitution activity. Four Star is located within a half mile of four elementary schools (75th Street Elementary, Miller Elementary, 68th Street Elementary, and St. Raphael Elementary), one middle school (Bethune Middle School) and two churches. Showtime is located within a half mile of Rio Vista Elementary, a Senior Living Community and Weddington Park Community Center. The owners and operators of the motels are Sureshchandra N. Patel and Bhavnaben S. Patel who own the properties at which the Motels are located. Four Star Motel Corporation, Bhavna Suresh LA, LLC, Suresh Bhavna SC, LLC, and Showtime Motel Corporation are also named as defendants.

The lawsuits seek injunctions against each of the property owners prohibiting criminal activity (and, where relevant, gang activity) at the locations, physical and managerial improvements to the properties, where applicable, including: an internet-connected video monitoring system covering all public areas at the property; improved lighting; secure gating and fencing; improved tenant screening and lease enforcement procedures including earlier closure times for businesses; and armed, licensed security guards. If those measures aren’t successful, closure of the properties may be sought.

City Attorney Feuer has expanded his Federal and Local Special Abatement Operations Unit, which, since July, 2013, has filed 52 abatement actions and obtained 58 injunctions requiring comprehensive physical and managerial improvements to nuisance properties. In this same time period, the office has also successfully secured the closure of nine gang/narcotics locations and recovered over $500,000 in costs and fees. Feuer also recently established an easy-to-use online method through which residents may report properties with gang and/or narcotics activity in their neighborhoods. He’s asking residents to report these properties by calling his office at (213) 978-8340 or visiting the City Attorney’s website: www.lacityattorney.org. All reports may be made anonymously.

 

 

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Nov 132016
 

Change Lives, Donate Books

One Human Community (a grassroots movement in San Fernando Valley) provides FREE books and FREE access to books to support education and reading. Would you please donate books you have already read and / or books your kids have outgrown?

The books you no longer read or need can help One Human Community prevent poverty by inspiring love of reading in underprivileged children in SFV. That’s why books for children and books for teens as well as recent textbooks are the main priority. Still, books for readers of any age are needed, too. (Both, fiction books and non-fiction books for adults can become welcomed companions for seniors!)

One Human Community believes in the power of books! Books can help create strong community, support education, inspire, ease loneliness, combat bullying and more! Your unwanted books can change lives!

Older model (but working) electronic book readers and computers are needed, too. (There are free books available Online: some from the Public Library and some as free downloads from other sources.) Books can change lives provided they are accessible.

One Human Community is working hard to make books available in San Fernando Valley FREE to those who need but can’t afford them. Your donations will be much appreciated!

Contact One Human Community if you have books, old readers or a computer to donate. They welcome drop-offs and will pick up your donation in San Fernando Valley. Holidays are coming, your unneeded books could make someone very happy….

 

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Sep 022016
 

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City Attorney Mike Feuer secured convictions against Gloria Dora Saucedo (Hermandad Mexicana Transnacional) for the unlicensed practice of immigration law which allegedly adversely affected the immigration status of some of her clients.

City Attorney Mike Feuer today announced his office has secured convictions against a San Fernando Valley woman, Gloria Dora Saucedo, for the unlicensed practice of immigration law, and her business, Hermandad Mexicana Transnacional, for performing unauthorized paralegal services, which allegedly adversely affected the immigration status of some clients.

“My office will fight to protect immigrants striving to gain lawful status in this country,” said Feuer.

Saucedo, 65, entered a plea of no contest to one count of unauthorized practiced of law and was sentenced to 24 months of probation and 200 hours of community service. A restitution hearing for seven individuals who were clients of Hermandad Mexicana Transnacional is scheduled for October 7, 2016.

The business, Hermandad Mexicana Transnacional, Inc. (7915 Van Nuys Boulevard), also entered a plea of no contest to an infraction for performing unauthorized paralegal services and will pay a $2,000 fine. Payment of the fine, restitution and fulfillment of community service has been stayed by the court pending appeal.

In September, 2012, the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs (DCBA) received a complaint from a consumer alleging she had paid $4,275 to employees of Hermandad Mexicana Transnacional for assistance in obtaining a U Visa. The customer allegedly did not receive any service and was later denied an immigration petition for failure to submit the requested documentation. Investigators subsequently conducted three undercover investigations in 2014 and noted numerous alleged violations of the Immigrant Consultant Act, including non-lawyer employees allegedly providing legal advice on two occasions. This conduct allegedly took place prior to the defendants receiving accreditation from the Board of Immigration Appeals.

Immigration consultants are not lawyers and have a very limited and specific role in helping clients complete the process to change their immigration status. The limited services immigration consultants may offer include completing immigration forms, but they can’t counsel consumers on which legal forms they need. They may translate answers but cannot advise consumers what answers to provide. They may secure supporting documents, submit forms and make free referrals to licensed attorneys.

Immigration consultants must give customers a written contract, in English and in the consumer’s language, and provide customers a three-day right to cancel without any charge. Immigration consultants must also post signs to make it clear they are not licensed attorneys, informing customers they can’t provide legal advice.

The conviction of Saucedo is part of an ongoing comprehensive enforcement and education campaign spearheaded by City Attorney Feuer, DCBA, and legal aid organizations to address alleged immigration scams. Individuals who believe they have been victimized by Hermandad Mexicana Transnacional or others should contact the City Attorney’s Office at (213) 978-8070 or DCBA at (800) 593-8222, or file a complaint through DCBA’s website.

Deputy City Attorneys Travis Austin and Onica Cole successfully prosecuted the case.

Consumers can find additional tips and information on the City Attorney’s website and on DCBA’s website.

Aug 242016
 

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More than five billion gallons of water will be saved each year at a new stormwater capture facility now under construction in the northeast San Fernando Valley.

Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilmember Nury Martinez, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works today broke ground on the Tujunga Spreading Grounds Enhancement Project — a $29 million expansion of an existing facility that will double its capacity to capture stormwater for local use.

“We have to expand our local water supply, and that means investing in stormwater capture,” said Mayor Garcetti. “The Tujunga Spreading Grounds Enhancement Project will double the amount of water we capture at this facility — an important step toward securing L.A.’s future in this historic drought. I’m grateful to our County partners for working with us to conserve and capture a precious resource.”

L.A. Builds New Stormwater Capture Facility: currently, the Tujunga Spreading Grounds can capture and store about 8,000 acre-feet, or 2.5 billion gallons of water a year. Once the enhancement is complete in 2018, that capacity will expand to 16,000 acre-feet, or 5 billion gallons — enough water to supply 48,000 Los Angeles households every year. In addition to conserving water, the enhancement will provide new open space and a walking path for neighborhood residents.

“While we’re building an environmentally sound improvement for our city, we’re also beautifying the neighborhood nearby,” Councilmember Martinez said. “I’m especially proud that LADWP worked with the community to mitigate construction impacts on neighborhood residents by implementing a conveyor belt system to transport dirt off site, thereby taking trucks off our neighborhood streets and limiting traffic congestion.”

The enhancement is part of LADWP’s Stormwater Capture Master Plan, which aims to expand Los Angeles’ local water supply and reduce the city’s reliance on imported water. It also advances several of the objectives outlined in Mayor Garcetti’s Sustainable City pLAn, including the goal of increasing local stormwater capture to 150,000 acre-feet per year by 2035.

“In the past, most stormwater was allowed to run off to the Pacific Ocean. Those days are over,” said LADWP General Manager David Wright. “With the Tujunga Spreading Grounds Enhancement Project, we ensure that these valuable water resources don’t go to waste. By doubling this site’s capacity, L.A.’s greatest local water asset, the San Fernando Groundwater Basin, remains replenished with Los Angeles water for Angelenos to drink.”

LADWP plans to continue implementing stormwater capture projects that reduce the amount of runoff lost to the ocean and make more local water available to Angelenos. These projects include large-scale spreading grounds enhancements like the Tujunga enhancement, as well as smaller projects like green streets, rain gardens, and rain barrels.

The Tujunga project is designed and managed by L.A. County Public Works. The department operates 14 major dams and 26 spreading grounds on behalf of the L.A. County Flood Control District, including the Tujunga Spreading Grounds facility.

“Capturing stormwater to recharge local groundwater supplies has always been part of the Flood Control District’s mission,” said Gail Farber, director of LA County Public Works. “But the severity of the current drought and the challenges of climate change, population growth and an unreliable imported water supply require the combined attention and effort of the entire region. The City of Los Angeles has been a fantastic partner in this regard.”

Aug 182016
 

NewMetroPedestrianTunnelInNorthHollywood

New Metro Pedestrian Tunnel in North Hollywood Will Improve Connections, Ease Congestion

A new pedestrian tunnel connecting Metro’s Red and Orange lines will improve connections for transit riders, and ease congestion by taking them beneath the busy traffic on a major San Fernando Valley thoroughfare.

The tunnel is expected to save riders up to five minutes from the time they disembark an Orange Line bus to their arrival on the Red Line platform — allowing passengers to make faster bus and rail connections.

“By letting riders make connections underground, we’re making it easier to transfer between the Orange and Red lines, and easing congestion for drivers on Lankershim,” said L.A. Mayor and Metro Board First Vice Chair Eric Garcetti. “This is a smart project that helps Valley commuters and strengthens our regional transportation system.”

Metro has installed ticket vending machines, TAP fare gates, closed-circuit security cameras, Transit Passenger Information System monitors and other amenities within the tunnel.

“Metro’s new tunnel reduces the main point of conflict between high-volume vehicular traffic and transit riders, cuts their travel times and adds capacity to our busy Red and Orange Line stations,” said John Fasana, Duarte City Council Member and Metro Board Chair. “Metro has built an extremely robust facility that will position these stations to better accommodate the San Fernando Valley’s growing demands for transit in the coming years.”

On a daily average, approximately 23,000 vehicles travel along this segment of Lankershim Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles Department of Transportation. Transit riders typically mass on opposite sides of the street to wait for pedestrian signals to turn green, before scrambling across the street in groups of 60 to 80 people at a time. Patrons sometimes cross in the middle of the street or jaywalk against red intersection signals — risky behavior that can jeopardize their safety and impede vehicles.

The tunnel offers pedestrians a completely grade-separated alternative, and allows motorists to enjoy less traffic congestion and shorter traffic signals. The tunnel will also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions as a result of reduced vehicle idling at the intersection.

“Metro is constantly focused on enhancing the customer’s experience. Our new North Hollywood pedestrian tunnel is evidence that we are committed to providing improved safety and mobility as we continue to create a world-class transportation system in Los Angeles County,” said Phillip A. Washington, Metro CEO. “With all the improvements planned in North Hollywood in the coming years, this tunnel will help keep people moving as efficiently as possible.”

The pedestrian tunnel, which fully complies with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements, is the first in a series of transportation improvements aimed at continuing the revitalization of North Hollywood as a transit hub for the San Fernando Valley. The design-build project cost $22 million and took approximately two years to construct, and the U.S. Department of Transportation contributed a $10 million livability and sustainability grant for the project.

This is the second pedestrian connection to open this year. This new Metro pedestrian tunnel in North Hollywood will make life easier for transit riders as well as improve their safety. In April, Metro opened an award-winning pedestrian bridge connecting the Universal City Metro Red Line station with the Universal Studios Shuttle stop across the street.

The project is part of Metro’s effort to build greater convenience and safer pedestrian connections. Metro approved a new sales tax measure for the November ballot to fund more than $120 billion in critical rail and road projects, including a subway line from the San Fernando Valley to LAX, and extensions to connect communities throughout the region — from Claremont to Culver City and San Fernando to the South Bay. For more information on Metro’s bold plan, visit theplan.metro.net

About Metro
Metro is a multimodal transportation agency that is really three companies in one: a major operator that transports about 1.4 million boarding passengers on an average weekday on a fleet of 2,200 clean air buses and six rail lines, a major construction agency that oversees many bus, rail, highway and other mobility related building projects, and the lead transportation planning and programming agency for Los Angeles County. Overseeing one of the largest public works programs in America, Metro is changing the urban landscape of the Los Angeles region. Dozens of transit, highway and other mobility projects largely funded by Measure R are under construction or in the planning stages. These include five new rail lines, enhanced bus operations, and numerous highway and local projects.

Apr 012013
 

It has come to our attention that there is an interesting Humanist Church in Los Angeles, more specifically in the San Fernando Valley. Self Creation Ministry presents a different perspective on religion: it is inclusive, welcoming and – surprise! – empowering.

In the words of its Founder, Reverend Enrich: “Self Creation Ministry is a Humanist Church for people who recognize God but realize that the human experience is shared best with other people.” This congregation focuses on building a community of shared VALUES, something all of us could potentially benefit from. And yes, they provide Humanist rites of passage, including Humanist marriage ceremonies, Humanist baby naming, Humanist memorial services and more.

Gossip has it, that Reverend Enrich is a gifted leader of this Los Angeles Humanist Church.

Dec 222012
 

Ninth Annual San Fernando Valley Christmas Celebration

Ninth Annual San Fernando Valley Christmas Celebration

What:        Christmas Celebration

When:        Saturday, December 22, 2012    
                  10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Where:       Living Hope Community Church
                   214 North Maclay Street
                   San Fernando, CA 91340

 Who:         Project Living Hope
                   LAPD Baseball Team

Why:         To host a free public event that lifts the spirits of thousands of needy children and their families.  We will provide free toys, food, games, face painting, entertainment, and more.
                        
Contact:      For more information, please contact Event Organizer, Officer Michael J Scott at (818) 224-0317 or Project Living Hope at 818-365 5550.