WHAT'S HOT: Nightmare neighbors ruin ...

WHAT'S HOT: Nightmare neighbors ruin a happy home life

There are 64 comments on the Long Beach Press-Telegram story from May 2, 2010, titled WHAT'S HOT: Nightmare neighbors ruin a happy home life. In it, Long Beach Press-Telegram reports that:

Trash everywhere, wild children, a rock-star-wannabe father, leaf-blowing mother, speeding cars, and yapping dogs are some of Long Beach residents' biggest pet peeves, according to an informal survey.

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bobo

Carson, CA

#1 May 3, 2010
come on East 9th st between walnut and orange. speeders, speeders...and
teenage kids with ??parents??(never ever seen their parents) but these kids
roaming around day and nights...and Viet temple people parking in our streets.
15th and Chestnut

Walnut, CA

#2 May 3, 2010
Loud neighbors, Loud drunken neighbors, Street vendors with clown horns constantly honking. Shootings regularly. Traffic from weed sales. Constant car alarms going off on cars no one would steal. The parties that happen nearby often using a DJ. Also the jerk who lets their dog out to bark at midnight. All the curbs painted red that don't need to be. The speed traps on PCH.

Since: Aug 09

Long Beach, CA

#4 May 3, 2010
How about living next to a County Owned Apartment Building, that serves only mentally ill formally homeless people?

Welcome to my World!

Gotta say not the worst neighbors in the world, most of them are stable, keep to themselves, don't own any cars, or have children.

The key phase is "MOST of them are stable"

Also is it a surprise that people that have a mental illness will also have friends and visitors that are also mentally ill?

My family and I have lived in our home for almost 18 years and this apartment building has been operating as a "crazy house" for the last 3 or 4 years, within the last two years it is now owned and operated by the L.A.County Department of Mental Health, and since the beginning of this year launched a massive gut rehab of this building and three others around Long Beach, about 40-50 units total between all the sites.

Was there anything I could do to stop this from happening, NOPE... The sale was even negotiated between the county and the seller privately.

I guess you don't need permission to run this sort of program in a residential neighborhood, it was going to happen if I liked it or not!,

Just like a sex offender group home!

I really can't complain too much, they are investing almost 1-3 million dollars in this building "about 13 million citywide!" and will certainly upgrade the look and condition of the building and raise property values.

but geez a little warning would be nice!

Thanks LACDMH! Your Super!
Maggie

Long Beach, CA

#5 May 3, 2010
livedthere wrote:
you idiots dont like Long Beach,MOVE OUT.I did.Thers NOTHING there anymore. NO BEACH'S,NO DRIVEIN'S. N0 PIKE,NOOOOO NOTHING.In a once ALL WHITE CITY, I lived in & out of for over 45'yrs.ther's NOTHIHG but ALOT of BLACK'S & MEXICANS.Thanks for making Long Beach look like WATTS & COMTON.That's one city I'll never see again.
Thanks for leaving Long Beach. We like our folks a little better educated, you know, the kind who can form a sentence, spell, read, that sort of thing. Do make your new community proud. I'm taking you at your word that you'll remain away from ours.
Covina

Los Angeles, CA

#7 May 3, 2010
Just make sure you don't live on the same block as Steve and Luann in Belmont Shore.
Dwight K Snider

Los Angeles, CA

#8 May 3, 2010
Sorry! Can you write a little louder! It is 7 AM and my neighbors gardener is outside the living room window with his leaf blower and I can not read you!

“WTF?”

Since: Jun 09

Long Beach

#9 May 3, 2010
If it wasn't for lousy neighbors blocking people's drive ways I wouldn't be able to afford the fuel my tow truck runs on.. On average 60% of all my calls are about "the neighbors blocking my driveway" Where else can they fit their 2 vans, 3 cars, and beat up truck that hardly runs.. Its not racial, these calls are pretty much across the board, white, black, hispanic, and asian.. The streets around the residential are not designed for the parking needs of now, and the rotational street sweeping.. But I'm sure the city is aware of it and their biggest cash cow is the tickets during street cleaning days.
Dogged

Long Beach, CA

#10 May 3, 2010
Just goes to show you that our fair city has dropped the ball when enforcing our local laws. It is left up to the victim and maybe Code Enforcement when and if they get around to it. Yes, this is a big city and there will always be residential problems, but not to this degree. No excuse for letting this go on and on. If the city spent as much time and money enforcing the neighborhoods, we would be living in bliss. It doesn't take much to be civil and clean. We should be at the top of the list in places to live. We have just about everything to offer including an ocean and marina, but these things are overshadowed by all of the above. The city is so intent on building for more revenue, that it has shamefully neglected the very thing that brings good resident here. If it wasn't for concerned neighbor hoods who do most of the cleaning up after these so called residents who trash everything in sight, Long Beach would eventually become a slum.
Tired tired tired

Long Beach, CA

#11 May 3, 2010
livedthere wrote:
you idiots dont like Long Beach,MOVE OUT.I did.Thers NOTHING there anymore. NO BEACH'S,NO DRIVEIN'S. N0 PIKE,NOOOOO NOTHING.In a once ALL WHITE CITY, I lived in & out of for over 45'yrs.ther's NOTHIHG but ALOT of BLACK'S & MEXICANS.Thanks for making Long Beach look like WATTS & COMTON.That's one city I'll never see again.
White people don't cause problems? Who runs the meth labs? Bad behavior crosses racial and socioeconomic lines. And there's no way we're leaving Long Beach. What's destroying its character are things like the new Pike--and we don't mean the one on Fourth Street.
boricua

Pacific Palisades, CA

#12 May 3, 2010
before you buy a house go at nite on a week day see if theres people walking, or your future neighbor is fixing something in his garage,anyone up after 10pm is up to no good,see if every house has lights on ,that means to many break -ins ,if the fornt yards are a mess probably people moved out cus is not good,we can cut the expensive coffee and the shopping at the mall or the latest phone for a good and secure hood
Mike

Santa Fe Springs, CA

#13 May 3, 2010
Excellent. Soooo. True. I am very focused on NOT living in any of these "new" American neighborhoods. And will MOVE at a moments notice if any of these "types" move in.
med

Lynwood, CA

#14 May 3, 2010
this must be lynwood, first there was a momma and two daughters who turned into a drug dealing son and three offspring now another offspring. There dropping babies like rats and the name you might not be surprised at. Then there is every other vagrant the momma can find. Who would have ever thought peeing in public is a common every day occurance. The worst is the language that comes out of the mouths. Then they want you to respect them when the grandmother is around. Well someone should make a tape and play it but I doublt it would be embarrasing to any of them. At one point the prostitution was just like waking up the girls must have been selling themselves by the minute. I am moving as soon as I can
zane salazar

United States

#15 May 3, 2010
But we elected Leaders who we know attract unparented, uncivilized Trash to "choose Long Beach". What did you expect? If you wanted a classy city that was esteemed as a great place for a family to live you wouldn't have elected the Communist crowd in City Hall.

Hopelessness is the goal of the Long Beach Democratic politicians.
white LB mom

Long Beach, CA

#16 May 3, 2010
livedthere wrote:
you idiots dont like Long Beach,MOVE OUT.I did.Thers NOTHING there anymore. NO BEACH'S,NO DRIVEIN'S. N0 PIKE,NOOOOO NOTHING.In a once ALL WHITE CITY, I lived in & out of for over 45'yrs.ther's NOTHIHG but ALOT of BLACK'S & MEXICANS.Thanks for making Long Beach look like WATTS & COMTON.That's one city I'll never see again.
Good riddence, you ignorant, racist creep....stay away from here.

Since: Jul 08

Long Beach, CA

#17 May 3, 2010
If you don't like what your neighbors are doing than contact the City of Long Beach Code Enforcement. Although they are understaffed they respond to problems fairly quickly. Their webpage is below with their contact numbers.
There is one house in my neighborhood that I call the 'Boo Radley' house and the guy only mows his weeds once or twice a year after we neighbors complain.

http://www.longbeach.gov/cd/neighborhood_serv...

Since: Jul 08

Long Beach, CA

#18 May 3, 2010
Code Enforcement
The City of Long Beach is committed to maintaining and improving the quality of life in our neighborhoods, our commercial corridors and our industrial areas. The Code Enforcement Division responds to complaints of violations of the Long Beach Municipal Code that include substandard buildings, property maintenance, inoperative vehicles, weed abatement and land use violations. When violations are identified, the responsible parties are contacted and requested to abate the conditions. Failure to correct violations could result in a citation or a referral to the City Prosecutorís office.
The City of Long Beach is divided into four Code Enforcement areas which are aligned with the existing divisions of the Police Department. Each area is assigned a code enforcement team overseen by a Team Leader. These teams work with individuals, neighborhood associations and local business groups to resolve code enforcement issues in the area.

Some common violations observed in the City are as follows:
Boats, vehicles, trailers, or campers illegally parked in the front, sideyard, or an unapproved surfac
Inoperative vehicles stored on residential property
Overgrown weeds, trash, or debris in yard areas
Building materials, furniture, appliances, or junk stored in the front, side, or rear yards where visible from the street or alley.
Trash cans visible from the street.(It is okay to put your trashcans out for trash pick-up, but they must be put away that evening.)
Overflowing trash containers or dumpsters
Deteriorated abandoned buildings
Garages not accessible for parking
Garages converted to dwelling use without permits
Room additions constructed without permits
Security bars on bedroom windows without release mechanism
Rundown buildings with peeling paint, graffiti, broken windows or doors, crumbling steps or deteriorated roof
Walls or fences that are overheight, need paint, or have broken parts or holes
Free standing canopies
Screens missing from foundation vents, attic vents, or windows
Outdoor display of merchandise (furniture, tables, shelves, or any other display)
Unpermitted or illegal signs (including banners and pennants)
More than 10% of windows covered with signs or boards

To report a code enforcement violation, you may contact (562) 570-CODE. The Code Enforcement Division is now located at:

100 W. Broadway, Suite 400
Long Beach, CA 90802
anonymous

Plymouth, MN

#19 May 3, 2010
I live in Lakewood and the nosey lady next door whom I call Mrs Kravitz peeks thru her kitchen window all day. One day an old male friend from high school came over and she made a point of telling my husband that I had men in the house while he was not home. Thankfully I had told him about my visit so he was able to put her in her place. The nerve.
Mary Ann

Long Beach, CA

#20 May 3, 2010
I wish this article came out years ago, but since it is available now, I would have to say that speeding cars and barking dogs are of the main concern in my neighborhood. It sounds like a dog pound when I get home from work every night. Cars are speeding down our street every day, then they go through the alley behind our homes almost just as fast. You can hear them speeding.
Be Careful

Long Beach, CA

#21 May 3, 2010
Bluff Park wrote:
Code Enforcement
The City of Long Beach is committed to maintaining and improving the quality of life in our neighborhoods, our commercial corridors and our industrial areas. The Code Enforcement Division responds to complaints of violations of the Long Beach Municipal Code that include substandard buildings, property maintenance, inoperative vehicles, weed abatement and land use violations. When violations are identified, the responsible parties are contacted and requested to abate the conditions. Failure to correct violations could result in a citation or a referral to the City Prosecutorís office.
The City of Long Beach is divided into four Code Enforcement areas which are aligned with the existing divisions of the Police Department. Each area is assigned a code enforcement team overseen by a Team Leader. These teams work with individuals, neighborhood associations and local business groups to resolve code enforcement issues in the area.
Some common violations observed in the City are as follows:
Boats, vehicles, trailers, or campers illegally parked in the front, sideyard, or an unapproved surface
Inoperative vehicles stored on residential property
Overgrown weeds, trash, or debris in yard areas
Building materials, furniture, appliances, or junk stored in the front, side, or rear yards where visible from the street or alley.
Trash cans visible from the street.(It is okay to put your trashcans out for trash pick-up, but they must be put away that evening.)
Overflowing trash containers or dumpsters
Deteriorated abandoned buildings
Garages not accessible for parking
Garages converted to dwelling use without permits
Room additions constructed without permits
Security bars on bedroom windows without release mechanism
Rundown buildings with peeling paint, graffiti, broken windows or doors, crumbling steps or deteriorated roof
Walls or fences that are overheight, need paint, or have broken parts or holes
Free standing canopies
Screens missing from foundation vents, attic vents, or windows
Outdoor display of merchandise (furniture, tables, shelves, or any other display)
Unpermitted or illegal signs (including banners and pennants)
More than 10% of windows covered with signs or boards
To report a code enforcement violation, you may contact (562) 570-CODE. The Code Enforcement Division is now located at:
100 W. Broadway, Suite 400
Long Beach, CA 90802
The dumbar$e City of Long Beach enforcer/officer told my neighbor WHO reported him to the City. My neighbor had a broken down car on the street for 2 years, and would push it back and forth on street sweeping days. Someone in the neighborhood reported the car, the City came out, towed it away, and the dumbar$e City employee who wrote out the citation to my neighbor told the him WHO reported him! I would be VERY afraid to report anyone now after that!
I don't trust the City employees now.
bravo

Long Beach, CA

#23 May 3, 2010
Great job, great series! Even better than the District Weekly, in this particular case. Thanks, Tim!

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