The city piles up 8 feet of trash to clean hoarding homes in Koreatown


Los Angeles, CA-November 3, 2021: Koreatown's home is 158S. Harvard Boulevard is piled up with homeowner's belongings.  Wednesday, November 3, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.  (Brian van der Brugue / Los Angeles Times)

Koreatown’s home in South Harvard Boulevard is full of belongings. (Brian van der Brugue / Los Angeles Times)

Cardboard boxes, aluminum cans, and other debris are piled up eight feet high in the front yard of a Koreatown house, obscuring the front window and spilling onto the sidewalk.

Neighbors say they have been complaining to city officials for years.

On Tuesday, a female homeowner in her 90s agreed to allow city workers to clean the yard from Thursday, a city lawyer spokesman said.

The son of a woman who lives with her and doesn’t reveal her name said she wanted to recycle cans and other things in the yard.

He takes care of his mother and sometimes repairs his bike at a Cypress Park store.

“Many people say,’You’ll probably only get $ 20 for some of these things,'” he said, a black bandana covering his face. “But $ 20 is $ 20.”

Now that the city is set to clean up his property, he is confident he will not make money from recycling.

Leticia Ruiz has lived next to her Harvard Boulevard home since 1981.

As she sat on the front porch, boxes, cabinet doors, glass frames, cardboard tubes, and other debris towered over the driveway.

The problem has been getting worse lately, she said. She is embarrassed to welcome guests. She sees rodents and cockroaches roaming the trash pile and hopes the city will provide pest control after cleanup.

“I wrote to the mayor and the city’s planning department about the enforcement of the code to so many different departments, but I didn’t hear anything,” Lewis said.

Neighbors say they have worked together for years to deal with this situation, and this is the first time the city has taken action.

In August, one of their messages finally came through.

Los Angeles City Council Member Mark Ridley Thomas, Chief of Staff, Curly Katna, said the cleanup is expected to be completed by Monday.

Ridley Thomas’ office will find funding for purification “given that real estate owners are unable to address public health and safety concerns.”

Katna added that the city would coordinate with the county public health service’s environmental department on pest control.

Ridley Thomas was suspended by a colleague last month after being charged with conspiracy, bribery and other charges.Katna Serve as an office caretaker..

In addition to city law firm staff, rescuers and county mental health staff arrived on Tuesday to check elderly homeowners.

Dwayne Jones, who has lived in the neighborhood for over six years, is worried that he will rise again after the trash pile has been cleaned.

“Hopefully, if you deal with it this time, it will stay clean,” Jones said.

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