And Monument Corner May Lack a City Permit
What started as a Circling the News item that was intended to be humorous and light-hearted, turned into a two-week back and forth with the City to determine if Rick Caruso’s “LAPD” kiosk was legal. It appears it is not permitted.
On May 8, we asked readers to give suggestions for the small, unused building that sits directly on the curb at the corner of Swarthmore and Monument. Subsequent suggestions included a mini-art gallery, a storage site for the Steadfast statue, a place to hold a puppet show and headquarters for a barbershop quartet that strolls Palisades Village.
But one reader said that this white kiosk was illegal and wrote that it should not be on “the public sidewalk or in the public right-of-way.”
Another reader asked if the kiosk had a legal permit and somebody else asked about the Steadfast statue. “Isn’t that on a public sidewalk? Shouldn’t there be a permit for that ugly thing?”
CTN contacted Building and Safety on May 12, and the next day received an email saying, “Since it is on the sidewalk, it would fall under the jurisdiction of Street Services.”
We contacted Street Services about the statue and about the building. Spokesperson Elena Stern responded in a May 24 email that the statue was not on the public right of way.
Stern addressed the kiosk in a May 30 email, writing “While available records don’t show that there is a permit, the property owner is providing additional information for further review and consideration. It is the priority of the Department of Public Works to gain voluntary compliance whenever possible. We seek to work directly with the property owner or developer and find resolutions.
“This approach is the same Citywide for low-level code non-compliance that does not pose an immediate threat to life and safety,” Stern continued. “The Department is working with the developer [Rick Caruso] to correct any non-compliance and will allow reasonable time for those corrections.”
A reader had expressed concern that the kiosk blocks the view of drivers turning right onto Monument, so we asked Stern if the City would be liable if there were an accident on the kiosk corner.
“I can’t comment on the City’s potential liability,” Stern answered on May 31. “I can only say that it’s being carefully reviewed with public safety the priority.”