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Phonehenge West Found Guilty

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The man who built Phonehenge West, the 20,000 square foot, unpermitted maze of folk art structures out in Acton, has been found guilty of nine misdemeanor counts, with decisions on five more still coming. The prosecution told jurors that Phonehenge West "did not meet building codes and must be torn down. Most of the 13 buildings violate setback requirements, and the property is in a region of high earthquake risk and lacks water and proper access for fire trucks, he said. Phonehenge is a fire hazard, he said, because so much of it was built with wood." The defense argued that the permitting process was too complex for an individual to navigate. [LAT, image via]