Early Morning/Late Noise Ignored by the City?
Yesterday, September 13, a resident was told that if there is a noise issue with late or early/morning construction at Caruso’s Palisades Village and the police are called, the police should ask for the permit and review the “Scope of Work,” which outlines what can and cannot be done. The Noise Enforcement number is (213) 966-1250.
This morning, Circling the News received an email from a resident that said: “Hi Sue, Thanks for keeping the community informed about the Palisades Village project. At 5:45 a.m. this morning, I called (877)-ASK-LAPD and reported noise from the site.
“At 6:27, I received a message from (818) 734-2372 (verbatim) ‘Good morning, this is the police department calling you back in regards to the loud construction you have reported earlier today. The officers responded to the scene and the crew working has a 24-hour special city permit, so if you have any further questions in regards to it, you can call us back at 877-ASK-LAPD, but they do have a 24-hour permit from the City. Thank you, bye bye.’”
Caruso received a 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week construction permit from the L.A. Police Department on August 23. (The Department of Building and Safety does not issue such permits—construction hours, which are specified by the City, are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. On Saturdays and holidays, the hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
When Circling the News contacted the noise line (818-734-2372), about permit perimeters, we were told to contact the L.A. Police Commission.
Commission President Steve Soboroff, who is also a Pacific Palisades resident, was contacted on September 13 and he responded, “There is a valid permit for night construction, and it seems like Caruso is doing a fine job of being sensitive to the community.”
After the resident who called to report the early-morning work was summarily dismissed, I emailed Soboroff for clarification on September 14 and asked, “Does the ‘Scope of Work’ apply or was that inaccurate?”
We had not received a response by the end of the business day on Friday.