A serene and peaceful feel: that’s what people who live near the Ballona Wetlands and Marsh say they’re supposed to experience walking the trails and seeking out the wildlife that lives here.
This is a view of 30 RVs and other vehicles lined along Jefferson Blvd. Near Lincoln. There are many that haven’t moved in months and trash, piles of it.
“Very happy that there’s finally movement,”Lucy Hahn of Friends of the Jungle.
Hahn was the first to alert NBC4 about what she said has been a problem in this area for many years. It’s not only happening here, but in many neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles County.
“We’ve been waiting for this for, I mean, with COVID, at least 2 years I think,”Hahn claimed.
In motion before the LA City Council yesterday, Hahn says she’s finally seeing progress. The Council voted 11-1 to repeal the COVID-era ban from parking enforcement. They also voted to resume parking enforcement for five vehicle categories. These would include vehicles that pose a danger or health hazard to safety or the public, unregistered vehicles, and inoperable vehicles.
NBC4 spotted some vehicles that had current registrations but many others with expired tags, or none at all.
Yet, while the city could technically start to tow Thursday, it hasn’t.
“It’s so new, I think it kind of came up on them and just got approved, I don’t think they even realized it was going to full council yesterday,”Hahn claimed.
LAPD and the City Department of Transportation, which will be charged with enforcement, say they have not yet received their directive.
Hahn sincerely hopes that it happens soon.
“Absolutely an emergency situation,” Hahn said, “I mean we have the degradation of this area, I mean the more we wait I don’t know if they can get it back to the area to the pristine environment it once was.
It is uncertain where the residents of this area will end up.
The local non-profit “Friends of the Jungle” says it offered 200 city-owned properties as options for potential safe parking areas, but so far no one’s offered any specifics as to what will happen next.