A gang war along the 110 corridor in South Los Angeles has taken dozens of lives this year.
Properties at the geographic center of the violence are now being targeted by the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office. Prosecutors are using nuisance abatement lawsuits to target housing at the “epicenter for a decade-long gang feud,” the office said in a statement.
The suits name Main-South Central Associates, owner of a 36-unit complex at 9310 S. Central Ave.; and Analia Bortolo, Lawrence Green and Roslin Childers-Green, current and former owners of a fourplex at 857 E. 90th St.
The properties, only a few blocks apart, “have facilitated a deadly decade-long gang feud that has intensified in the past year with continual shootings, guns recovered from gang members and other illegal activity,” the office stated.
While the locations by no means represent the entirety of the corridor's death toll — we're told the main beef over summer involved Hoover Crips — they did contribute to the violence, authorities alleged. More than 90 homicides have been reported in the Los Angeles Police Department's South Bureau this year.
“These are just two of a host of gangs contributing to escalating gang violence in the area,” City Attorney's spokesman Frank Mateljan told us. “What is notable about these two is that they are both Blood gang members that are rivals.”
The Central Avenue property was the Be Bop Bloods' “epicenter,” prosecutors said; the 90th Street location was a home for the Family Swan Bloods, they said.
The sets share a “common turf boundary” and have been rivals, the City Attorney's Office stated.
The Swan Bloods location has seen “five documented drive-by shootings, including a recent incident in September 2015; one stabbing; nine loaded guns recovered; and six arrests at the property,” according to the statement.
The Central Avenue complex has seen 30 arrests for alleged gun possession and narcotics; eight shootings, including a homicide in September; and 17 loaded guns that were seized by cops, prosecutors said.
Here's what the city seeks, according to the statement:
The civil nuisance abatement actions seek that the owners reside at the properties until the nuisance is abated, an injunction prohibiting gang and criminal activity on the property, physical and managerial improvements to the property including: an Internet-connected video monitoring system; improved lighting; secure gating and fencing; improved tenant screening and lease enforcement procedures; and armed, licensed security guards.
When it comes to these things, the City Attorney's Office usually gets its way. But it's not clear if it will make a dent in the 110 corridor gang wars.
“For too long, the residents of these South Los Angeles neighborhoods have lived in a war zone,” City Attorney Mike Feuer said. “Our lawsuits aim to shut down these gang strongholds and stop the bullets from flying.”