In­junc­tion sought on home

In lat­est anti-gang bid, city at­tor­ney seeks to ban mem­bers from meet­ing at Watts site.

Los Angeles Times - - LOS ANGELES - By Joseph Serna joseph.serna@la­times.com Twit­ter: @JosephSerna

Bul­lets have left pock­marks in homes and front­yard fences in the 2000 block of East 110th Street in Watts.

On Satur­day nights, neigh­bors say, young men walk to a house at the end of the cul-de-sac, where they drink, do drugs, blast mu­sic and crowd the road. Par­ents tell law en­force­ment that they make sure their chil­dren sleep low to the ground — be­low the edge of the win­dowsill — lest they be hit by stray bul­lets.

For more than a decade, this has been life for res­i­dents near 2127 E. 110th St., a base camp for the Ten Line Gang­ster Crips, Los An­ge­les City Atty. Mike Feuer said at a news con­fer­ence Thurs­day.

This week, Feuer’s of­fice filed a re­quest for a civil in­junc­tion against the home­owner that, if ap­proved, would bar gang mem­bers from con­gre­gat­ing there and man­date a se­ries of up­grades to prop­erty. If the re­quire­ments are not met, the city can close ac­cess to the prop­erty, Feuer said.

The fil­ing is among about three dozen the city at­tor­ney’s of­fice has sought since Feuer took of­fice in 2013. Eight prop­er­ties have been shut­tered in the last two years as a re­sult of in­junc­tions, he said.

“Th­ese ac­tions will make the dif­fer­ence be­tween if kids can walk safely on the street or not, whether they can sleep safely or not,” Feuer said.

City pros­e­cu­tors say that since 2001, six peo­ple have died in 12 shoot­ings con­nected to the home on East 110th Street. Four peo­ple have been ar­rested and 10 guns seized there in the last year alone, Feuer said.

An 82-year-old woman lives in the home, Feuer said, but younger rel­a­tives with gang ties and their friends have set up shop there.

The home and its oc­cu­pants are well-known to the neigh­bor­hood, a res­i­dent said.

“I hear gun­shots. I’ve seen po­lice of­fi­cers run­ning by. I think I’ve seen them raid the house be­fore,” said a neigh­bor who asked not to be iden­ti­fied out of fear of re­tal­i­a­tion from the gang.

He said his fam­ily moved onto the street last year when they had an op­por­tu­nity to leave the Jor­dan Downs Projects, a sec­tion of Watts his­tor­i­cally known for gang vi­o­lence.

But their new neigh­bor­hood wasn’t any bet­ter, he said.

“I think it’s equal ’cause they robbed us al­ready,” he said. He said that in his first months on the block, men from the home con­fronted him, asked him where he was from and tried to get him to join the gang. They waited for him af­ter school for a time be­fore giv­ing up.

“For far too long, res­i­dents of this Watts neigh­bor- hood have lived a night­mare be­cause of the vi­o­lence em­a­nat­ing from this house,” Feuer said in a state­ment.

The civil in­junc­tion re­quest is part of a mul­ti­pronged ap­proach the city is tak­ing to im­prove res­i­dents’ qual­ity of life, Feuer said. The city has also been tar­get­ing il­le­gal dump­ing in South L.A. al­leys and has tripled the num­ber of neigh­bor­hood pros­e­cu­tors, who work with res­i­dents to re­duce blight.

If the in­junc­tion is granted, po­lice and other city of­fi­cials will rou­tinely check on the prop­erty to make sure it’s in com­pli­ance, Feuer said.

Los An­ge­les city at­tor­ney ’s off ice

FOR MORE THAN A DECADE, City Atty. Mike Feuer says, this house at 2127 E. 110th St. has been a base camp for mem­bers of the Ten Line Gang­ster Crips.

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