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Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council to Host Abatement Talk

The discussion will focus on how residents can make use of the city's Nuisance Abatement Program.

The(HHPNC) will present a brief agenda on Thursday evening, making room for a presentation from City Attorney Vanessa Alvarado on the topic of abatement.

According to the Los Angeles City Attorney, the office's Nuisance Abatement Program targets "abandoned structures, nuisance properties and blight plaguing neighborhoods throughout the City."

Thursday evening's presentation will provide Highland Park residents with information abut how they initiate abatement complaints.

"Abatement requires diligence and cooperation among neighbors, the City Attorney, and the local LAPD. It does work," "It can result in the eviction of a gang-infested, or drug-dealing house, or of Public Health and Safety violations. So instead of complaining, you can work with your neighbors and your local police to implement the legal process to get that house shut down."

LAPD Northeast Divsion Gang Unit Captain Rick Ortiz said that he's seen several abatement success stories in his years with the department, especially in the neighborhood of Glassell Park.

Ortiz said abatement is tool the city can use to encourage landlords to take steps to improve safety in their buildings, such as installing lights or security cameras.

It can also be used as a way to force landlords to evict tenants who habitually break the law on their property.

"Abatement is a way to force landlords to do their job, which is something the LAPD can't force them to do."

City Attorney Vanessa Alvarado will speak to attendees of the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council's meeting about abatement on Thursday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Highland Park Adult Senior Citizen Center, located at 6152 N. Figueroa Street.

ChickenBoyFan September 05, 2012 at 03:45 PM
This is an incredibly important presentation. More so, than the crime thing hosted last month by the HHP Neighborhood Council. This is the way to solve neighborhood problems by uprooting them. Please do not miss. You will not regret coming.
Hector Huezo September 05, 2012 at 05:42 PM
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nonoise September 06, 2012 at 10:30 PM
How about noise abatement at Divine Saviour Catholic Church in Cypress Park?
The MOG September 06, 2012 at 11:50 PM
Hi nonoise, will you be @ the meeting tonight? Shame they scheduled it during The President's Speech. I'm recently from PHX, you know. Are you aware of the AZ case some what similar to yours, a few years ago. In Maricopa Co. we go by the law, Church or no. We treat everyone equally, citizen, or illegal. If you're on the wrong side, you pay the price! I'm glad you were able to successfully defend yourself in court. You at least were treated fairly. It's sad that people treat this basic quality of life issue as a joke. Joe Walker poo poos it every chance he gets, I notice. They never ask what if it were them? It's different when the shoes on the other foot. I have some Abatement concerns, and am not interested in Obama...he talks & talks and never says anything. Uh oh, I hope you aren't democrat! ;-)

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