Leadership

L.A.’S slumlord crackdown

Issue 8 and Volume 136.

L.A.’S slumlord crackdown DEPARTMENTS DISPATCHES A Slumlord Task Force, made up of the Los Angeles City Fire Department, the L.A. Building Department, the L.A. County Health Department, and the city attorney’s office, successfully closed a multiple dwelling unit for repeated fire, safety and health violations. Edward Vazquez, Jr., former owner of the Parkway Hotel in L.A. was convicted on 12 counts of fire, safety, health, and building hazards, sentenced to 90 days in jail, given fines totalling $1600, and put on six years probation on condition that he not own, manage, operate or lease any property without consent of the court. “Everything you could possibly imagine being wrong with the five-story dwelling was wrong,” said Battalion Chief Tom McMaster. “There were no fire extinguishers, no air shaft enclosures, inoperable fire doors, no hallway lighting, broken windows, leaking roof…,” and the list goes on. The Slumlord Task Force has been in…

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