A significant health and safety concern has emerged in the Los Angeles Fairfax neighborhood, where a large, multi-million dollar residence is now nearly buried by a mound of trash. According to reports from ABC affiliate KABC and NBC affiliate KNBC, the property in question is encircled by mountains of waste, causing distress among locals and prompting calls for immediate action.

“The situation is worsening,” Marlon Azurda told KNBC, voicing a concern that resonates with many in the community. Another neighbor expressed their frustration to KABC, stating, “It’s been accumulating slowly. My take on it is it’s kind of disgusting compared to everything else in the area.” These accounts highlight a growing problem that has escalated over time, reflecting poorly on the neighborhood’s otherwise pristine environment.

This is not the first time the property has come under scrutiny for such issues. Records indicate that in 2016, the Department of Building and Safety fined the property owners for failing to maintain their premises, pointing to a chronic issue with waste management on the property.

Concerns extend beyond aesthetics. Reports from KNBC have underscored the risk of fire hazards and the potential for rodent and insect infestations, raising alarms about the broader health implications. Additionally, there is anxiety among residents about how this situation could affect property values, with Quincy Anderson telling KNBC, “The homes here are worth a lot of money [for these people] to convert it into a dumping ground.”

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However, it seems the situation may be more complicated than simple neglect. Some residents have expressed a mix of concern and empathy towards the homeowner, pointing out the underlying mental health issues that may be contributing to the problem.

“It smells really bad, and I know who the guy is that owns it, and I feel bad for him because it’s a mental health problem,” one neighbor revealed, highlighting the complexity of the situation beyond the physical accumulation of trash.

The sentiment was echoed by others in the community, who, while choosing to remain anonymous, wished for the attention drawn by the situation to not only focus on the property but also on providing support to the individual involved. 

“I feel bad for somebody who is a sweet person, but obviously has mental health issues,” shared another resident, indicating a community’s concern that extends beyond frustration and seeks a compassionate resolution.

In response to the outcry, council member Katy Yaroslavsky’s office issued a statement to KABC, affirming awareness of the issue and a commitment to address it promptly. “I am aware of the situation at the home near Martel and Melrose Ave, and have directed my team to work with the appropriate City and County Departments to resolve the issue with urgency,” Yaroslavsky said in a communication with KABC.

To tackle such issues, Los Angeles city departments are now collaborating closely, taking comprehensive steps to not only remove the existing waste but also prevent similar problems in the future. This cooperative effort spans several city departments, each playing a crucial role in the cleanup and prevention process. 

The hope is that with increased attention and a coordinated response, there will be a positive outcome for both the homeowner and the community at large.