LOS ANGELES – City Attorney Mike Feuer today announced that his office has filed a narcotics abatement lawsuit against the owners of the Grand Motel in the Pico/Robertson neighborhood seeking to halt rampant criminal and narcotics-related activity. 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 recent abatement lawsuits filed against properties in Hollywood, South Los Angeles, Watts, Venice and Del Rey.
"As we continue to see, a single property can erode the quality of life for an entire neighborhood. All property owners have responsibilities to their communities," said Feuer. "My office will hold accountable those whom we allege flout the law and facilitate illegal activity."
The narcotics abatement lawsuit names Jin Chern Shiang (“Shiang”), the owner of the property at which the Grand Motel is located as well as Xin Chun Corporation, Shiang’s corporation that operates the business. The Grand Motel is an approximate 19-unit building located at 1479 S. La Cienega Boulevard. The property is located within a half mile of four schools and daycare centers as well as two churches and a senior center.
Since at least 1997, the property has allegedly served as a host for individuals who sell or use narcotics as well as pimps and prostitutes who freely use the property as a base for illegal transactions. The rampant drug-related activity has served as a magnet for crime including hundreds of arrests at the property. The location is also the source for numerous calls for service to the LAPD and frequent community complaints. The property owner has previously been cited by the Department of Building and Safety for Code violations and has been the subject of two City Attorney conferences.
The civil abatement action seeks that the owner reside in the property until the nuisance is abated, an injunction prohibiting narcotics and other criminal activity on the property, physical and managerial improvements to the property including, without limitation: an internet-connected video monitoring system; improved lighting; secure gating and fencing; improved tenant screening; and armed, licensed security guards.
Since July, 2013, City Attorney Feuer’s Federal and Local Special Abatement Operations Unit has filed 37 actions similar to this one and obtained 56 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 $250,000 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.