LOS ANGELES – City Attorney Mike Feuer today announced that his office has successfully secured a permanent injunction against the owners of a south Los Angeles property known for chronic sales of illegal drugs, gang activity, firearms, and the sale of counterfeit and pirated goods.
"When we turn problem properties around, we can turn neighborhoods around," said Feuer. "Our lawsuit has put a stop to a major source of guns, drugs and counterfeit property that plagued this community. We'll continue to fight to hold property owners like these accountable."
A preliminary injunction was issued in 2014 against Louis Young and his wife Clara Young, the owners of a two-story building located at 9225-9231 S. Broadway and 305-311 W. 93rd Street in South Los Angeles, prohibiting gang, narcotics, counterfeit and other nuisance activity from occurring at the property. The injunction requires the property owners to hire a professional property management company to run the property and properly screen tenants as well as hire an on-site residential manager. The injunction requires physical improvements to the property including high-intensity lighting, no trespassing signs, and multi-camera video monitoring which have already been installed on the property. The property owners are also required to evict all tenants with criminal histories which they have done. Since the preliminary injunction was issued criminal activity has ceased.
The property has been used by a number of different south Los Angeles gangs as a base of operations to commit a wide variety of crimes. Since at least 2006, law enforcement has recovered nine handguns, including five stolen firearms, 17 doses of ecstasy, six baggies of methamphetamine, two baggies of cocaine, over 2,690 grams of marijuana, over $100,000 in counterfeit goods, two stolen luxury vehicles and 484 credit cards linked to identity theft and fraud. Counterfeit clothes and pirated DVD movies were also repeatedly sold from the property. In 2006, two men were shot at the Property, one of whom was killed.
The City Attorney’s Office previously secured an injunction and closure of a business in 2010 for selling counterfeit goods at the property. However, the property owners failed to prevent subsequent illegal activity by the tenants of the commercial and residential units, resulting in the filing of this lawsuit against the owners.
The property includes five commercial storefronts with four residential units on the second floor above the commercial units as well as two stand-alone residential units, located within 1,000 feet of three elementary schools including two within three blocks.
This injunction is part of a concentrated effort by Feuer and law enforcement to rid neighborhoods of crime infested properties across Los Angeles including seven lawsuits filed against properties in Hollywood, South Los Angeles, Venice and Del Rey since the beginning of the year.
Deputy City Attorney Kevin Gilligan of the City Attorney’s Anti-Counterfeit Enforcement Program, funded by a grant from the Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, secured the judgment and injunction on behalf of the City.