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Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer Sues Venice Property Owner in Public Nuisance Abatement Lawsuit

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A narcotics and public nuisance abatement lawsuit has been filed against a Venice property owner, officials said Monday.

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer announced the lawsuit as part of a continued crackdown on properties that have become crime magnets.

The city attorney’s office filed a lawsuit against Alberta Lynch who owns a single-family home at 923 Sunset Avenue, as well as her adult son James Lynch, according to a press release from the city attorney’s office.

The owner of this property in the 900 block of Sunset Avenue in Venice has been sued by the city in a narcotics and public nuisance abatement lawsuit. (Photo credit: Los Angeles City Attorney's Office)

The owner of this property in the 900 block of Sunset Avenue in Venice has been sued by the city in a narcotics and public nuisance abatement lawsuit. (Photo credit: Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office)

The property is located within a half-mile radius of Growing Place Childcare and School, Broadway Elementary School, Penmar Park and the Oakwood Recreation Center.

Police have received several complaints from neighbors about repeated drugs and nuisance activity at the property, the press release said.

There have been at least 16 arrests since April 2014 at the Venice home.

The civil abatement lawsuit was seeking an injunction to prohibit the property owner and known family members and associates from illegally selling, making or storing illicit drugs on the property.

The proposed injunction also was seeking to require James Lynch to stay at least 1,000 feet away from the property.

A second lawsuit targeting a home in the Del Rey area near Glen Alla Park also was announced Monday by Feuer at a press conference.

“We allege that for too long, these properties have been epicenters of drug-related crime that threatens the safety and quality of life of neighboring families,” Feuer said in a statement. “Enough is enough. My office will continue to fight to rid our neighborhoods of serious nuisances that can drag down entire communities.”

Deputy City Attorney Nancy Hagan of the City Attorney’s Citywide Nuisance Abatement Program was handling both cases.

The city attorney’s office last month filed two similar lawsuits against properties in Hollywood and South Los Angeles.

-Venice Dispatch

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