- Created on Sunday, 05 May 2013 18:49
- Hits: 15
Our neighbors David Valentine and Jacqueline Hamilton decided to get rid of their thirsty front lawn. They invited in L.A. Green Grounds, a group of volunteers that specialize in converting front yards in South Los Angeles to edible space. Some thirty volunteers turned out on Saturday, May 5, 2013. They had the City deliver a mountain of mulch. They dug up the whole of the front lawn and the parking strip, then planted a wide variety of herbs (thyme, sage, etc.) and vegetables (eggplant, cauliflower). It was an all-day job. Our photos in the slide show below show the yard before, the volunteers working. Break time, with host Jacqueline Hamilton at left serving refreshments, and some shots of the new front-yard mini-farm.
- Created on Friday, 08 March 2013 20:31
- Hits: 85
The Elegant Manor, 3115 W. Adams Blvd., the stately 1903 Italian Gothic mansion that has sat empty for almost a decade at the corner of Adams and Arlington, appears to be threatened with destruction by calculated neglect. Built by successful piano store owner James Taber Fitzgerald it served successively by a former opera singer, a group of women circus performers, and, from 1977, when it was bought by Arlillian Moody, as a important venue in the black community for weddings and other festive occasions. It was designated Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument #258 in 1982. Mrs. Moody died in 2001 and the house passed to her son Ronald Carroll. It quickly fell into decline. Mr. Carroll began to rent the house to gang members, leading in January 2004 to a double murder in the front yard during a party by members of the Black P Stone gang. That led in April 2004 to a Zoning Administrator revoking Mr. Carroll's permit to hold public events. According to city records, the house was solid in February 2008 for $1.7 million. It has remained vacant for the last five years, occasionally being put on the market and then withdrawn. It was most recently offered for sale in December 2011, but withdrawn in September 2012. The accumulating neglect has led neighbors to fear that the owners hope that deterioration will reach such a point that it will override the protections the house has as a historic monument and it can be torn down and replaced with something more profitable. The email below was sent by the West Adams Avenues neighborhood association on March 6, 2013, to Ken Bernstein, manager of the Los Angeles Office of Historic Resources.
The following email was sent on March 6, 2013, to Ken Bernstein, manager of the City of Los Angeles Office of Historic Resources.
* * * *
Manager, Los Angeles Office of Historic Resources
Dear Mr Bernstein
Please find enclosed some history of this numbered city monument.
What is happening now is that the owner, who bought the property a few years ago, appears to be waiting for it to fall down so that he can proceed with his development plans. I spoke to City Attorney Asha Greenberg this morning, who suggested that I call Building and Safety. The problem is that Building and Safety has been "dealing" with this property for over 30 years, and there has never been anything close to a satisfactory outcome. We are about to lose a monument at the entrance to our community.
We believe that this owner should be cited under the Vacant Building Ordinance, for is the failure to file a Statement of Intent (which involves a timeline for lawful occupany and renovation). The code recognizes that "Structures that are vancant and unsecured or barricaded pose serious post serious threats to the public's health and safety and are therefore declared to be public nuisances." It also proves for judicial or administrative procedures to abate and rehabilitate these structures. We are hoping for more than fencing and barricading.
Frankly, the neglect of this historical structure is an absolute disgrace. There is no other word for it. The owner cannot be allowed to profit by breaking the law, and stripping the city of yet another monument. There are provisions in the code for this property to have been protected decades ago, and, as a neighborhood, we are asking ourselves why, three decades later, this property is still being allowed to collapse.
Please let us know what can be done by the city to help resolve this. I think that Building and Safety has been part of the problem here: the officials I have spoken to see their role as securing the property and having the lawn mowed. That is not going to save this building.
The Vacant Building Ordinance is there for a reason, and should be used to save this building.
Thanks for your time
West Adams Avenues
The reference in the email to previous history was to an article from 2004 on our website: http://www.westadams-normandie.com/index.php/newsarticles-menu/77-cleanup-elegant-manor
- Created on Wednesday, 13 February 2013 21:54
- Hits: 89
Just wanted to say thanks for this great "resource". I refer to your site a lot for all sorts of qualified sources for our 1906 Four Square Colonial here in West Adams, as we lovingly continuing to restore much of it's luster.
So again thank you for maintaining and keeping the site up. If you're interested I'm happy to send on new resources I've found and used that I think are helpful.
- Created on Thursday, 27 September 2012 01:15
- Hits: 206
We are passing on the following important message from the Los Angeles Housing Department. Please click HERE to see their flyer with more details.
* * *
The City of Los Angeles through the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Housing, the Community Development Department, and the Los Angeles Housing Department is planning its upcoming 5-year housing and community development plan. In order to meet all the requirements that the plan entails, the City is organizing a series of Consolidated Planning Community Meetings to solicit and engage the public in providing feedback of their respective neighborhood needs. Light refreshments will be provided.
Thank you in advance for your assistance in disseminating this information within your neighborhoods/constituency.