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More than 40 vehicle tires slashed in Silver Lake

Numerous vehicles, including the one pictured above, had their tire damaged in October | Photo by Kevin

Numerous vehicles, including the one pictured above, had their tire damaged in October | Photo by Kevin

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.



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29 comments

  1. Please write and publish your stories with correct grammar and spelling. More THAN 40 vehicles… not “more then.” Really!?

    This is super messed up, but what’s the best solution? Neighborhood watch committee, more sensor lights, actual police patrols? Hope someone gets caught and charged for this childish behavior.

  2. Key suspect? The Michelin Man!!

    • No, key suspect: the bike Nazis. They advocate anything to thwart cars — they hate cars, so it would be a hate crime.

      • I think it is the tire lobby! They bought the street cars and converted them into buses. They funneled money into the AAA to fight for car-only roads and massive highway subsidies. Now they are scraping the bottom of the barrel to find quarterly gains in sales by whatever means necessary.

        Or it could just be some nut job who needs to be caught.

        There was some nutter in Seattle recently that rented two bike share bikes, spray painted them both silver from top to bottom, and returned them.

        All I can think about when I see articles about this annoying and expensive tire slashing things is, “Does nobody have an empty garage in Silver Lake?”. The cops tell you to remove valuables from your car and lock your doors. I would take it one step further and store your junk out on the curb and put your car in the garage!

        • Your “blame the victim” attitude is appalling. These folks are legally parked on the street, so it doesn’t matter what’s in their garage. Even if they weren’t legally parked, people need to respect other people’s property .. plain and simple.

          • Appalling?!

            I find it appalling that we’ve made so many expensive decisions that mandate private car parking and people stash their collectibles and used gym equipment in garages instead of their vehicles. Some maniac (or maniacs?) slashing car tires is not an everyday sort of thing but it does highlight the insanity of what is normal when it comes to car storage in this city. You can park your sofa on the curb all night and expect it to be alright. You can’t stick your computer outside and assume it’s going to be okay in the wee hours – but a multi-thousand dollar rolling mobility machine is supposed to sit out there in the elements and with every pervert and maniac wandering around like zombies in a post-apocalyptic horror film bouncing off of it and emerge unscathed. I mean, come on! Get a grip. Just because it goes vroom vroom does make it immune to crazy people doing crazy things to stuff left in the street.

            One can’t help feel sympathy for the first dozen or so people on this block who’ve had their property get destroyed. After the 30th slashed tire however and I’d start moving the plastic collectibles and broken kitchen equipment out of my garage and parking my car behind its closed doors instead.

          • Sorry I have to edit my typos!

            Appalling?!

            I find it appalling that we’ve made so many expensive decisions that mandate private car parking and people stash their collectibles and used gym equipment in garages instead of their vehicles. Some maniac (or maniacs?) slashing car tires is not an everyday sort of thing but it does highlight the insanity of what is normal when it comes to car storage in this city. You can’t park your sofa on the curb all night and expect it to be alright. You can’t stick your computer outside and assume it’s going to be okay in the wee hours – but a multi-thousand dollar rolling mobility machine is supposed to sit out there in the elements and with every pervert and maniac wandering around like zombies in a post-apocalyptic horror film bouncing off of it and night after night you car is supposed to always emerge unscathed? I mean, come on! Get a grip. Just because it goes vroom vroom does not make it immune to crazy people doing crazy things to stuff left in the street. After all the mental gymnastics have been exhausted, that is all your car is: private property temporarily abandoned in the street.

            One can’t help but feel sympathy for the first dozen or so people on this block who’ve had their property get destroyed. After the 30th slashed tire however and I’d start moving the plastic collectibles and broken kitchen equipment out of my garage and parking my car behind its closed doors instead.

          • well, that’s the thing: decisions have been made making it legal to park overnight on the street. It’s legal to park. It’s illegal to vandalize. The vandals are low-life scumbuckets.

            And, it doesn’t matter why people park on the street, whether it be because they could only afford a small place to live and need to store crud in the garage, or whether they made their garage a man-cave, or whether they are sharing the place with a bunch others and there’s no room in the garage for everyone’s car. Vandalism is vandalism.

            Funny, I can’t park in half of my garage because it’s full of bikes.

  3. Point of Interest, Teresa Sitz aka Lucha, of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Counsel which side of her mouth is she talking out of regarding Micheltorena Underpass and homeless encampments?? If you have been to any of the meetings she chairs it all about homeless and their “Bill of Rights” and living in the underpass is part of their rights.

  4. Reasons to store your personal property out in public on the street for free in perpetuity:

    – it’s free!
    – I don’t care about anyone else!

    Reasons not to store your personal property out in public on the street for free:

    – people will slash your tires
    – people will steal your property

    I think the case could be made that one should store ones personal property in a garage or behind a locked gate of some kind.

    Please, someone, please tell me that you have no garage and are therefore forced to own a car and forced to make no other arrangements for its storage. I need someone to reply stating at least one of those two things to make my life complete.

    • Huh? Gee, see my post above. What completely twisted, mentally ill thinking.

      You are advocating that its perfectly fine to slash tires on any car that is parked on the street — or do anything else destructive to it! I must ask: Are you the one doing this, because in your opinion, cars do not belong in a parking space?

      Let me ask: Are you also advocating that developers be required to provide more off-street parking for their developments, whether housing or commercial?

      • The only twisting going on here is the mental gymnastics you’re performing to make my argument a straw man.

        Cops advise people to stash their valuables out of sight, to lock their doors, and to be mindful of where they walk and talk on their expensive smart phones. I think it is sound judgement to take the crap out of your garage and store your car in it – you know, like you’re supposed to! We have all these fancy laws that make housing a lot more expensive and hard to build just to force people to park on their private property. Store your trash on the curb and put your car in the garage!

    • @ubray

      The streets are hardly free. Between the property TAX, sales TAX, state income TAX, federal income TAX, cigarette TAX, Liquor TAX, lumber TAX disguised as a “fee”, paint disposal TAX also disguised as a fee and gasoline TAXES we pay among many others, it is absurd to consider any public infrastructure FREE. Perhaps your renting, bicycling, granola eating lifestyle doesn’t impose the same tax burdens us majority but you are certainly the exception.

      It was pointed out on this blog that you own/run a bike shop locally. Do you really think it is wise to spout off your ridiculous point of views in a public forum? ahem, not a very smart business plan…

      • What is that smell? Why it is someone cooking up an ad hominem verbal attack! Boy does it stink.

        We force property owners to spend thousands more building private covered parking for their stupid cars and people can’t even be bothered to use the places that they were forced to build just to park the damn things because they can park FOR FREE in the public street and store their collectible Yogi Bear t-shirt archive and novelty mug library in their garages.

        Cops tell people to to store their valuables securely. I don’t think it is bad advice to recommend that people stop abusing the gratis public parking and keep their precious granola eCars stored in the paved, covered, mandatory car parking that nearly everyone has. And if they don’t have it on site at their domicile, that they make some arrangement to park it off the street on one of the many paved blacktop deserts in the area under the watchful eye of security cameras or some low paid security guard.

        The nut job who’s slashing tires ought to be caught, but it is simply prudence I am calling for on the part of car owners in the area. Stop storing your crap on the street and drastically lower the risks of a maniacal tire slasher having his way with your ranfla.

  5. I have to agree with ubrayj02 that this highlights that some people should really inverse the polarity of their concept of what their garage is used for? It’s there to store a friggin motor vehicle. Ohhhh but I need my zen cardio barre space/free form kids play area/vital dude affirmation jam room! Bleh.

  6. It’s almost as bad as slashing bike tires, right ubrayj02?

    • Leaving valuable personal property outside exposes it to a higher risk of vandalism and theft.

      • The point you are trying to make is ridiculous. Even if every garage was used to park a car, there would still be cars on the street. Why can’t you live and let live man? You bike Nazis are all the same.

        • My argument is ridiculous but you’re accusing me of being a “Bike Nazi”? WTF?!

          If you have nothing but ad hominem attacks, you have less than nothing because you make yourself look unconcerned with reason.

          • It’s pretty clear from these posts and posts from other threads how you feel about people who drive cars, dude. It is not an accusation. And I think you should look up the term “ad hominem”. At no point am I off the topic of you being unrealistic and irrational about people parking on the street and your dumb expectation that parking in a garage would solve everyone’s problems.

          • Please, tell me how I feel about people who drive cars. I drove one this morning.

  7. This is so boring compared to the life and death Highland Park follies. They’re at each others throats in that NELA hood. We’re whining about tires and bike fetishists and homeless encampments and homophobic heath food store. I guess we’re past the gentrification tipping point when car hating bicyclists are slashing auto tires and blaming it on Mexicans.

  8. “At least four residents told the public safety committee the problem has gotten out of hand, and there’s been no sign of police.”

    Utter bullshit. I was walking my dog past Golden Gate/Crestmont about two weeks ago and witnessed one of the victims giving a statement to an LAPD officer, who was taking pictures and writing down info.

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