By MATT SANDERSON
SILVER LAKE – Car owners say the tally of slashed and punctured tires plaguing the intersections of Crestmont and Golden Gate avenues with Maltman Avenue has topped more than 40 vehicles during the last two months, a Silver Lake Neighborhood Council joint committee learned Thursday night.
At least four residents told the public safety committee the problem has gotten out of hand, and there’s been no sign of police. There was also no sign of police at the meeting – no officers were in attendance.
Resident Venessa Gray, along with neighbors Erik and Pasquale said the damages have totaled “thousands of dollars in vandalism and theft.” Erik said at least one catalytic converter was ripped off a vehicle.
“It’s being talked about,” she said. “It sounds like a petty thing, but people have to pay out of pocket for this.”
Teresa Sitz, co-chairwoman of the education, youth and families committee, said she will visit the LAPD Northeast Division next week.
Also at Thursday’s meeting:
- SLO Vic Gutierrez said via e-mail that Council District 13 continues to work on the issues facing the 75-foot-long and 8-foot-wide Micheltorena Street underpass. It is considered by some to be historic but an increase in homeless encampments brought public safety concerns from parents of students at Micheltorena Elementary School. Last time he checked. Gutierrez said the gates were locked. Sitz raised concern that the gate was unlocked and someone might be living there.
- Widely reported throughout the city, the Oct. 2 killing of Aniya Parker in East Hollywood caught the attention of Silver Lake’s public safety committee. Parker was a transgender woman, and rumors spread that the killing was a hate crime. Gutierrez said several persons of interest have been brought in for questioning, and the crime is not a hate crime.
Matt Sanderson has been a journalist, photographer and digital media producer for nearly eight years. A native of Rhode Island, he received his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of New Hampshire and moved to Los Angeles in 2012 through a job transfer with Patch.com/AOL.