West Hollywood Block by Block security ambassadors have been stationed at 1030 N Sierra Bonita, the empty house that had a massive fire on Thanksgiving night. Local residents have complained that the empty residence continues to serve as an alleged drug den after the fire.
“Trespassers came and went all hours of the night,” wrote neighboring resident Stefanie LaHart on a website she created, which documents the deteriorating conditions at 1030 N Sierra Bonita. “We call the sheriffs and the trespassers return within hours.”
Residents plan to press for explanations and decisive action from city officials at Monday night’s regular West Hollywood city council meeting. Complaints from neighbors about the property have persisted following the fire which also burned a neighboring apartment. They say the city thus far has declined to undertake any substantive measures.
Gwyn Ashley, also a local resident, told KTLA that the community had alerted the City of West Hollywood about the homelessness issue and fire hazard months ago, yet no action was taken.
“As the house sat vacant for more than a year, we repeatedly begged the property manager of FMB Development to clean up and secure the property,” wrote LaHart on her website. “The house, garbage and apartment were repeatedly broken into and trashed.”
In response to the complaints and safety concerns that trespassers were returning to the property, a Block by Block Security Ambassador kiosk was placed on the driveway and one or two ambassadors take turns guarding the property to deter anyone from entering the premise.
“We got a security guard at 1030 N Sierra,” LaHart told WEHO TIMES via messenger on social media. “24/7. Paid for the by the City of West Hollywood.”
A smiling LaHart also posted an Instagram story where she’s taking a selfie with two security ambassadors. “Thank you,” she wrote. “When security is your new BFF.”
According to a local resident, a separate private security guard was placed at another vacant residence on N Sierra Bonita also owned by FMB Development.
According to reports, West Hollywood’s Director of Community Safety Division, Danny Rivas revealed that there is currently an open code enforcement case and an investigation related to that property, so he is limited to what he can share publicly.
Community members are expected to gather and speak during the public comments portion of the Monday night West Hollywood city council meeting.
To view Stefanie LaHart’s photos documenting the conditions at 1030 N Sierra Bonita, click on the link below: