We have all seen real estate ads that characterize properties as ” (insert name of upscale community) adjacent.” The Valley could bill itself as “Beverly Hills Adjacent.”
Perhaps if we ever secede from Los Angeles, we can name our new city North Beverly Hills. Actually, I would be happy with any name if we could be free of City Hall and the LAUSD.
But I digress from the purpose of this post, so let me zoom down to the street level view.
I previously reported dumping activity taking place in the Beck Street alley between Otsego and Hesby.
I thought the recent media attention focusing on the graffiti mural conflict in the same alley was irresponsible when there was a glaring problem just fifty feet away on adjacent Westpark Drive. It would not have involved any effort for the reporters and crew to take a few extra steps and devote some words and a little footage to a festering sore in the community.
This home,which has been unoccupied for at least two years, backs up to the Beck alley. It’s garage entrance has become a dumping ground. However, the front of the home has become an object lesson in neglect.
According to the Los Angeles County Assessor’s Office, the property is on the defaulted tax roll. If I am correct, it could be sold by the county if the taxes are not made current after five years.
Surprisingly, it is not in foreclosure.
I am not suggesting that Valley Village deserves more attention than any other community when it comes to blight. This particular house’s condition is common throughout the city, but you wouldn’t know it from the press coverage.
Owners need to be cited and perhaps arrested if they allow their properties to deteriorate to a point where they become a magnet for illegal activities. If the property is in REO status, bank officers responsible for the upkeep should be arrested if they fail to maintain foreclosed homes.
This is our battle and we have a duty to ourselves and our neighbors to pressure elected officials to take action.