LOS ANGELES – City Attorney Mike Feuer today announced that his office has filed a nuisance abatement lawsuit against the owners of an alleged gang-controlled apartment complex in Harbor Gateway located next door to a school. Gang members from the property and surrounding area allegedly harass and intimidate middle school students and parents repeatedly as they travel to school.
The lawsuit is part of a sustained and concentrated effort by Feuer and law enforcement to target properties that are magnets for gangs, guns and narcotics activity, including nine recent abatement lawsuits filed against properties in Hollywood, South Los Angeles, Watts, Venice and Del Rey.
"For too long, local school children, their parents and residents of this community have been held hostage by the rampant gang activity we allege at this complex," said Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer. "Enough is enough. My office will continue to fight to rid our neighborhoods of illegal guns, drugs and gang conduct that can drag down entire communities."
A public abatement lawsuit has been filed against the apartment complex owners Stephen Shi-Sen Li, Amy Huei-Mei Li and Narbonne Avenue Limited Partnership—who have owned the property in various capacities since the 1970s. The property, located at 819 and 825 W. 165th Place is an apartment complex comprised of two side-by-side eight unit buildings in southeast Los Angeles covered in gang graffiti. The complex is directly across the street from a charter middle school, next door to a church and steps away from the Boys and Girls Club of Harbor Gateway Gardena.
Since 2005, the property has allegedly been the epicenter for alleged criminal activity by the Gardena 13 criminal street gang including graffiti vandalism, numerous drive-by shootings and narcotics activity. LAPD has recovered narcotics, firearms and live ammunition from the property including a magazine with hollow-point bullets.
The civil abatement action seeks that the owners reside in the property until the nuisance is abated, an injunction prohibiting gang and criminal activity on the property, physical and managerial improvements to the property including: an internet-connected video monitoring system; improved lighting; secure gating and fencing; improved tenant screening and lease enforcement procedures; and armed, licensed security guards.
Since July, 2013, City Attorney Feuer’s Federal and Local Special Abatement Operations Unit has filed 36 actions similar to this one and obtained 53 injunctions requiring comprehensive physical and managerial improvements to nuisance properties. In this same time period, the office has also successfully secured the closure of six gang/narcotics locations and recovered over $236,000 in costs and fees.
Feuer also recently established an easy-to-use online method through which residents may report properties with gang and/or narcotics activity in their neighborhoods. He's asking residents to report these properties by calling his office at (213) 978-8340 or visiting the City Attorney’s website. All reports may be made anonymously.