A Chavez Ravine family’s costly lesson in L.A. history and geology

lenco finishes and city and state officials sign off on the work, Ron Farina, an executive at a nonprofit, and Mary Farina, and a glass artist, can finally get started on building a new, two-story house on the 30-foot-wide lot.

If you are wondering whether you have an old well on your property, take a peek at some of the state’s online oil maps. Then, advises Mary Farina, just keep quiet and hope that it’s properly sealed. “Don’t draw attention to it because it will cost a fortune to fix.”

Top and bottom photos by Mary Farina

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