Abandoned Range Rover parked in tow-away zone in Hancock Park for months. Here's why city won't move it

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Friday, September 25, 2020
Abandoned vehicle parked in Hancock Park tow-away zone for months
An abandoned Range Rover has been parked in a Hancock Park tow-away zone for two and a half months. It's been broken into and is missing its license plates, but the city won't move it. It all has to do with a mountain of red tape due to COVID-19.

HANCOCK PARK, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- An abandoned Range Rover has been parked outside Bernie Shine's Hancock Park home for two and a half months. It's been broken into, has the window down and is missing its license plates, but the city won't move it.

"I would have thought it would have been a simple thing with an abandoned vehicle to call the abandoned vehicle number and if you call that, they basically tell you to get lost. What they tell you is that they're not towing abandoned vehicles because the mayor has issued an edict saying that this makes L.A. safer," Shine said.

Eyewitness News reached out to the mayor's office, who didn't have a specific answer as to why the SUV is still there, but pointed out how the city eased parking restrictions at the beginning of the pandemic with more people home and so many hurting economically.

The City of Los Angeles is looking the other way on certain parking offenses until at least October.

From April through August 2020, the city only gave 18 citations to abandoned vehicles. During that same period in 2019, 7,447 were handed out. But even with the pandemic, Shine says this Range Rover is a hazard on busy Rossmore Avenue, parked in a tow-away zone.

"I have sent countless emails since Aug. 3 after it was here a month to the mayor's office, to Councilman Ryu's office and countless other people. The mayor has never responded. The mayor's office hasn't even acknowledged my emails. It really is extraordinarily frustrating. I don't know who you have to be in this city to have anyone pay attention," said Shine.

"It should have been towed a long time ago. This shouldn't have been able to happen," said Melissa Perry, who passes the abandoned car on her way to work.

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Perry commutes on Rossmore Avenue to go to work and has passed the abandoned vehicle since it first appeared back in early July.

"The fact that nobody did anything about the vehicle, and the person could have been hurt or worse. It was just left here to ultimately be destroyed," said Perry.

The Los Angeles Department of Transportation says the City Council will soon vote on whether to phase back in parking restrictions, fines and the towing of abandoned vehicles starting Oct. 1.

Eyewitness News was able to locate the owner of the vehicle who said the car had been stolen and he wasn't aware of its location. Eyewitness News attempted to interview the owner at the location of his vehicle, but he did not show up for the scheduled interview.