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CurbedWire: Parking Meters on Larchmont Blvd, Nuisances Made Easier

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LARCHMONT VILLAGE: When did these new style of pay meters come to Larchmont Blvd? We knew they were coming to the lot, but not the actual boulevard. This candy-caned looking one (with a yellow mitten on its head) was spotted Sunday night. [Curbed Staff]

LOS ANGELES: City Councilwoman Jan Perry has received support for an ordinance that deals with nuisance procedures. We're not completely sure how this works, but here's the press release: "In an effort to strengthen the City and the community's ability to effectively address nuisance properties that prey on communities, the Los Angeles City Council supported an ordinance that strengthens and streamlines the nuisance abatement process. The new ordinance was spearheaded by Councilwoman Perry who introduced the motion after working for several years with community-based organizations to help address nuisance properties that had been plaguing neighborhoods for decades." [Curbed InBox]

"In the past, our residents were subjected to prostitution, drug sales, and other illegal activities right in their community, making it clear that our nuisance procedures needed to be revamped. Previously, neighborhoods labored through a 7-10 year process in order to address these issues. This new ordinance offers a streamlined approach to dealing with nuisance properties that will ensure that the community, as well as the City family, will have a strong mechanism to aggressively address the safety and over-all health of our neighborhoods," said Councilwoman Perry.

The new ordinance shortens what was an often lengthy and arduous process, holds property owner accountable for their nuisance properties, and requires relocation benefits and other tenant protections for displaced tenants when a residential use is discontinued. Under the ordinance, owners must submit a plan review within two years in a nuisance abatement case. It also requires that a nuisance abatement case is heard within two years, rather than the five, eight, or sometimes ten years that has been standard in years' past.

After the Zoning Administrator has revoked the use, the Department of Building and Safety and LAPD are permitted to give notice to a business, to order its occupants out of the business, and fence and board it in order to ensure that nuisance activities do not persist.

The new ordinance consolidates a number of existing code provisions and sets forth procedures allowing the Director of Planning to modify, remove or impose conditions as a result of nuisance abatement proceedings, allowing greater flexibility during the abatement process without requiring the entire nuisance case to be reopened. These provisions allow the City's zoning authorities to protect the public health, peace and safety from any land use which becomes a nuisance. Nuisance activities include but are not limited to: disturbance of the peace, illegal drug activity, public drunkenness, drinking in public, harassment of passerby, gambling, prostitution, sale of stolen goods, public urination, theft, assaults, battery, vandalism, excessive littering, illegal parking, excessive loud noise, traffic violations, curfew violations, lewd conduct, police detentions and arrests.

The ordinance is supported by the Community Coalition and United Coalition East Prevention Program who worked closely with the City family to help craft the ordinance.

Councilwoman Perry represents the Ninth Council District, which encompasses the most culturally diverse and vibrant communities in Los Angeles, including Bunker Hill, Little Tokyo, and South Los Angeles.