An Encino property-management company, two Texas firms and three men have been charged with violations of Los Angeles fire, health and building-and-safety codes at a four-story Koreatown apartment complex, a city attorney's official said.
"We were fortunate that nothing had happened," said Deputy City Atty. Ken Kambara last week, claiming that the building had reached a dangerous point despite repeated warnings from city officials to the property owners and managers.
Investigators from the Slum Housing Task Force--a joint effort of the Health Department, Fire Department and city attorney's office--found that the building had unsafe locks on exit doors, fire doors in corridors that were not self-closing, missing smoke detectors, improperly maintained firefighting equipment and improperly stored rubbish, Kambara said.
Also, according to officials at the city attorney's office, electrical lines were improperly secured, extension cords were being used as permanent wiring, windows were broken, bathrooms needed repairs and cockroaches had infested the building.