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Abandoned Vehicle Complaints Ignored by LADOT, Say Residents

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So much for community policing and broken windows theory in a neighborhood that really needs it. The Daily News today reported that, despite apparent attempts to notify the city of abandoned vehicles -- 72 hours on a city street without moving is considered abandoned -- vehicles are sitting on Pacoima neighborhood streets for months, sometimes even years."The streets behind [Morris] Pichon's home are littered with dilapidated vehicles, some abandoned so long ago that weeds and cobwebs have become entangled in bumpers, mufflers and other body parts," described the paper, which notes that sometimes in a largely immigrant neighborhood, residents make an effort not to contact the city, even to report parking violations that bring a neighborhood's profile down.

Still, others claim they have contacted the city with no success. Interesting to note, here in the Sherman Oaks/Studio City area, reporting a truly abandoned vehicle has always been a success. Some 112,000 such complaints were filed during the first 10 months of the last fiscal year. 42,200 came from the Valley, resulting in 1,873 impounds.

Noted: Jimmy Price, the head of parking enforcement for the city declined to comment on the story.