On Saturday, June 23rd, activists from Good Jobs LA and SEIU 721 completed a week of visits to nearly 700 bank-owned foreclosed homes in Inglewood. Activists found one in seven homes scarred by neglect.
After a devastating foreclosure crisis caused by greed and recklessness on Wall Street, bank-owned, foreclosed homes litter Inglewood neighborhoods. These homes—often left unsafe and in disrepair — attract crime, drive down local property values and are a blight on our communities.
An Inglewood ordinance requires fines of up to $1,000 a day on banks that fail to clean up blighted properties. But to date, no fines have been imposed. A Good Jobs LA analysis, presented to the Inglewood City Council on June 19th, estimated strict enforcement of the law could produce $2.4 million in revenue for the city.
“Foreclosures have a direct effect on our communities,” said Carmen Hayes an Inglewood Code Enforcement Officer. “The financial institutions who own foreclosed properties should be held accountable for keeping them up. Whether they are commercial or residential properties, a fee should be assessed. This will allow revenues to be collected for the city and used for the community at large”
Inglewood City Councilmembers Ralph Franklin and Judy Dunlap announced plans to schedule a workshop on strengthening the blight ordinance with stricter enforcement to generate needed revenue for the city and clean up Inglewood communities. Similar efforts to improve enforcement of Los Angeles’s bight ordinance were approved by the LA City Council on June 13th after community activists exposed lax enforcement of the law.
See more pictures of Inglewood Blight here: http://www.flickr.com//photos/goodjobsla/sets/72157630398763154/show/