The City Attorney’s Office has coordinated with three other agencies, including the Los Angeles Departments of Police, Building and Safety, and City Planning, to target abandoned structures, nuisance properties and blight plaguing neighborhoods throughout the City. CNAP also encourages participation from residents and local area businesses in solving the crime issues and problem properties plaguing Los Angeles' neighborhoods.

CNAP spearheads a number of specialized, community-based programs designed to target and prevent criminal activity and improve the quality of life in Los Angeles' neighborhoods, including:


Taking Out Urban Gang Headquarters (TOUGH)

The City Attorney’s Office’s TOUGH program focuses on abating nuisance properties involving extensive gang activity. Working with LAPD and other law enforcement agencies, the TOUGH program files lawsuits seeking aggressive and specifically-tailored injunctive relief against property owners and gang members, including stay-away orders, closure of properties, hiring of security guards, installation of video camera systems and other remedial improvements to the properties.


Violence and Crime Activated Tenant Eviction (VACATE)

VACATE works with property owners and LAPD officers citywide to expedite the eviction of tenants who engage in narcotics, gang or violence-related crimes. VACATE reviews all related arrests submitted by LAPD, notifying landlords of pertinent offenses committed by their tenants, and pursuing criminal or civil remedies against owners who fail to evict these tenants. VACATE prosecutors also file eviction actions where owners refuse, or are too fearful, to evict for specified related crimes.


Problem Properties Resolution Team (PPRT)

PPRT receives referrals of problem properties and neighborhoods from Council Offices, LAPD, other city agencies, area businesses, and residents. Assigned CNAP attorneys are responsible for Narcotics and Vice Buildings Abatements and Abandoned Building Abatements.


Narcotics and Vice Building Abatements

CNAP attorneys work with the Los Angeles Departments of LAPD, Building and Safety, Planning and Housing to abate problem residential and commercial properties with nuisance activity involving narcotics, alcohol, prostitution or other criminal activity.


Abandoned Building Abatements

The Abandoned Building Task Force (ABTF) addresses problems associated with vacant buildings. Vacant buildings are typically blighted with nuisance conditions such as trash, debris, overgrown vegetation and graffiti. They are frequently open to unauthorized entry by gang members and/or vagrants who very often engage in drug use, sales and other criminal activity. Vacant buildings, left unattended, provide an origin for decay and a decline in the quality of life in the neighborhood. ABTF addresses this type of property with a coordinated effort between city prosecutors, inspectors from the Department of Building and Safety (LADBS) and the Housing Department, and the Planning Department. ABTF’s objective is to rehabilitate nuisance properties and place them back into productive housing stock. In those instances when properties cannot be rehabilitated, LADBS can seek to have them demolished.

Since the project’s inception, the ABTF has overseen the rehabilitation and re-occupancy of nearly 1,700 nuisance structures, nearly 500 demolitions by owner, and at least 120 demolitions by the City. This effort represents the return of nearly 2,500 of previously vacant, blighted, and nuisance plagued property to productive use. And additional 3,000 vacant properties have been successfully abated through joint efforts by the ABTF and LADBS’ Contract Nuisance Abatement Unit.

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