LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Leticia Ruiz does not enjoy sitting out on her porch in Koreatown these days because of the mountain of rubbish that covers her neighbor’s front yard.
The rotten smell and the many creatures make her retreat to the safety of her home.
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“Every time I had a complaint, someone would come, they took a picture, and that was it,” Leticia Ruiz said. “They just wanted to write a letter … and nothing (would) happen.
The 8-foot junk wall contains things like old doors, lamps and laundry baskets. It has been cited for city-wide offenses several times since 2010, according to the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety records. Ruiz and her neighbors along Harvard Boulevard said they have been filing complaints to the city for several years, but nothing happens. But a day after the broadcast of this story, the city attorney’s office confirmed that the homeowner signed a “right of entry” that allows crews to clean up the mess on Thursday at 7 p.m. 8.00 at no cost.
“I’m so happy,” Ruiz said. “Everyone is so happy.”
Other neighbors shared Ruiz’s sense of relief after watching the pile of junk grow gradually over a decade.
“I’m finally happy that something is being done about it,” said neighbor Edward Lim.
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The homeowner could not be reached for an interview.
According to a friend of the family, a 90-year-old woman lives in the home with her son, who has been hoarding junk for years.
“I’ve noticed the resident get in and out of his car a few times and he has things getting worse,” said neighbor Sharonda Williams.
Family, friends and neighbors were worried about the elderly woman’s well-being because she is struggling to move around and has fallen several times.
On Tuesday afternoon, firefighters, doctors and representatives from Councilman Mark Ridley Thomas’ office visited the homeowner to ensure her safety. After confirming her health and safety, the 90-year-old homeowner signed the agreement that the city should clean up the property.
Although neighbors understand that this is a step forward in the right direction, some additional concerns have arisen.
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“The only big concern I have right now is when we start removing these things, all the ugly ones that were in there start to come out and hopefully they do not migrate to our house,” Lim said. At least it’s done now, hopefully. ”