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August 5, 1993 | SCOTT HARRIS
If you happen to be looking for an apartment, Anna Garcia is looking for a few good tenants. There are, in fact, about a dozen vacancies at the Roscoe Venture apartments, two perfectly decent-looking buildings that sit side by side in the 21800 block of Roscoe Boulevard in Canoga Park. Each building boasts a clean swimming pool and security gates. Anna's husband, Julio, does maintenance and quickly paints over the graffiti. What with the recession, rents have come down a bit.
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August 4, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
For tenants in an East Hollywood apartment building, Juan Chavez was a beloved security guard who always went out of his way to cheer them up and make them feel safe. But undercover Los Angeles police officers, patrolling a vigil in Pico-Union, say they considered the 37-year-old a threat to their lives. Earlier this month, police shot and killed Chavez after he allegedly removed a blue steel revolver from his waistband. Chavez's friends and family say they still don't understand how that could have happened.
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January 24, 1997 | MIMI KO CRUZ
The Sturbridge Village Apartment complex this week lost its bid to close off an alley and erect gates, a move that residents said would increase security and keep vagrants out. Residents of the apartments had complained to the City Council that car burglaries are common and said that gates would deter would-be criminals from entering the 196-unit complex on Yorba Linda Boulevard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 2001 | MAURA DOLAN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
Victims of attacks in crime-ridden buildings cannot collect monetary damages from owners unless there is clear evidence that a lack of security was directly responsible for the crime, a divided California Supreme Court decided Thursday. On a 4-3 vote, the court said a female FedEx employee who was attacked while delivering a package to a Bellflower apartment complex failed to prove that security guards and other preventive measures would have forestalled the assault.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 1989
Apartment owners in a Sepulveda neighborhood that was barricaded last month to curtail drive-by drug sales have rejected--at least for the time being--a police proposal to erect a guard station to admit only residents and their guests. The proposal was shelved after some of the 40 owners balked at paying a private security firm about $30,000 annually to screen people entering the 12-square-block neighborhood, said Mila Casper, a spokeswoman for the landlords.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 1994 | TRACEY KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Acknowledging that traditional crime-fighting methods have failed to protect a San Fernando Valley "ghost town"--a cluster of apartment buildings left uninhabitable by quake damage--city officials announced Friday that they will deploy police on horseback at the site and replace some unarmed private guards with those who carry guns.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 1994 | JEFF SCHNAUFER
Arguing that the guards should be armed, residents and police in North Hills Tuesday sharply criticized a security company hired by the city to protect a string of North Hills apartments that became a "ghost town" when abandoned after the Northridge earthquake. "The area looks worse now than when the security guards came on," said Los Angeles Police Officer Henry Acosta, who patrols the nine apartment buildings on Orion Avenue.
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October 31, 1990 | MARCIDA DODSON and LILY ENG, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Police searched for a suspect and a key witness Tuesday in a triple slaying at Fairview Villas, while city officials lashed out in frustration over persistent crime at the apartment complex. "My preference is to tear it down. It's been a problem too long," said Mayor Daniel H. Young. "We keep pouring manpower and energy into this place to clean it up and we get nowhere," he said. "If we can't get on top of this problem, we need a more drastic solution." Councilwoman Patricia A.
BUSINESS
March 24, 1993
Security a Key Concern: A message to landlords: Take your tenants' complaints to heart. Apartment dwellers, reputed to be chronic complainers about everything from clogged drains to cable TV on the fritz, have weightier issues on their minds. According to National Survey Systems, a research firm based in Irvine, residents of more than 40 apartment communities said their biggest complaint was about security.
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October 31, 1990 | SONNI EFRON and LILY ENG, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
When the Voltaire was built in 1964, it seemed like half of Santa Ana wanted to move there. Designed in a New Orleans style, the 562 garden apartments had wrought-iron balconies, all-electric appliances, carports, two swimming pools, a palm-studded landscape--and a waiting list. "It was very fancy," said Santa Ana Police Chief Paul Walters, who said the complex even won an architectural award.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 2000
Police were looking for the killers of a 32-year-old Wilmington landlord, the father of three, who was shot to death Saturday morning, reportedly as he worked to install a security gate on his apartment building. Los Angeles Police Department homicide detectives said the shooting might have been triggered by Ronald Mark Schumacher's attempts to keep gang members from threatening his tenants.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 1999 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When 24-year-old Laurel W. moved out of her apartment, she explained simply in her written notice: "Do not feel safe here anymore." Earlier that day, a stranger had exposed himself in front of her. She fled in tears to the nearby home of her parents, who in turn demanded answers of the landlord about security.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 1999
Most Neighborhood Watch programs take root in areas with single-family homes. But many victims of burglaries and other types of crimes live in apartments. Police say apartment dwellers are far less likely to organize against crime than people who live in houses. But that is slowly changing. Here are some tips for creating a safer community in your apartment complex: * Start an Apartment Watch.
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April 3, 1997 | KIMBERLY SANCHEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Security guards kept nonresidents out of the charred remains of the Ridgewood Garden Apartments on Wednesday after some people, including residents whose units did not burn, took donated clothes and food intended for the fire victims. "We have some gangs and looters trying to come in here, so we put up some security," said Cesar Nacuspag, the apartment maintenance supervisor. "We'd like those things for the people that need it."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 1997 | MIMI KO CRUZ
The Sturbridge Village Apartment complex this week lost its bid to close off an alley and erect gates, a move that residents said would increase security and keep vagrants out. Residents of the apartments had complained to the City Council that car burglaries are common and said that gates would deter would-be criminals from entering the 196-unit complex on Yorba Linda Boulevard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 1995
A state senator urged her colleagues Thursday to pass legislation that would require landlords to make their buildings safer in an effort to reduce tenants' exposure to violent crime. "We gather to tell a gruesome tale of terrorism afflicted (on) California's most vulnerable populations each and every day," said Sen. Hilda Solis (D-El Monte). "Right now, renters across the state are at greater risk of rape, robbery and assault than homeowners."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 1995
A state senator urged her colleagues Thursday to pass legislation that would require landlords to make their buildings safer in an effort to reduce tenants' exposure to violent crime. "We gather to tell a gruesome tale of terrorism afflicted (on) California's most vulnerable populations each and every day," said Sen. Hilda Solis (D-El Monte). "Right now, renters across the state are at greater risk of rape, robbery and assault than homeowners."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 1997 | KIMBERLY SANCHEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Security guards kept nonresidents out of the charred remains of the Ridgewood Garden Apartments on Wednesday after some people, including residents whose units did not burn, took donated clothes and food intended for the fire victims. "We have some gangs and looters trying to come in here, so we put up some security," said Cesar Nacuspag, the apartment maintenance supervisor. "We'd like those things for the people that need it."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 1994 | TRACEY KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Acknowledging that traditional crime-fighting methods have failed to protect a San Fernando Valley "ghost town"--a cluster of apartment buildings left uninhabitable by quake damage--city officials announced Friday that they will deploy police on horseback at the site and replace some unarmed private guards with those who carry guns.
NEWS
September 3, 1994 | TRACEY KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Acknowledging that traditional crime-fighting methods have failed to protect a San Fernando Valley "ghost town"--a cluster of apartment buildings left uninhabitable by quake damage--city officials announced Friday that they will deploy police on horseback at the site and replace some unarmed private guards with those who carry guns.
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