I was recently alerted to the release of public records on home-sharing citations.
Run a general search with all the different types of citations checked off and you get 1,048 citations total. That's a LOT.
I've added a second layer to the map, showing each of these citations. (In a few cases, two identical addresses appeared. Until I can confirm which of each duplicate address was the subject of the complaint, both are mapped.)
I HAD TO DO EACH ENTRY BY HAND. There are download buttons for Excel and CSV, which would have allowed me to download the records and upload them to Google Maps quickly BUT NEITHER OF THEM WORKED. (Yes, I have Excel, and incidentally I use both Excel and CSV at work. Nothing happened when I clicked the buttons. I checked multiple times on multiple devices.) (Update: reader Veronica G. was able to download the report. I'm not sure why it didn't work for me, but having older devices could very well be part of the problem. Still, shouldn't public records be accessible to, well, the entire public?)
I have to wonder if the lack of functionality was deliberate, or if it was just carelessness. But it's LA, and the city doesn't care, so it could be either.
As if that would stop me.
It took days, and my hands were going numb at the end, but they're up.
And just think: THESE ARE ONLY THE ADDRESSES THAT GOT CITED. There are FAR more complaints out there.
Here are some quick takeaways:
- Cited addresses are EVERYWHERE. There are the usual suspects (Beverly Hills, Malibu, Hollywood), but citations were also listed in South LA, Lincoln Heights, and Westlake. What does that tell you?
- A high concentration of citations were issued in Venice. This checks with Beyond Baroque's current exhibition Where Has All the (affordable) Housing Gone? (which ends 11/4 - go soon). In one case, three units in one smaller Venice building were cited separately.
- I noticed that several citations were issued to buildings that I already know to be illegal hotels. I have some leads and I am digging into that.
Incidentally, if you know of any illegal hotels, please let me know so I can look into them. Especially if they're in a former SRO building or RSO housing, since that takes the most badly needed housing off the market.