There are about 77 households in Laughlin Park.
According to the US Postal Service, 90027 mail may be addressed to “Los Angeles” (which is preferred), “Hollywood” or “Los Feliz”, but not to “Laughlin Park”.
Legally, the private streets and alleys inside the gates are all considered driveways.
Homeowners share an unrecorded easement for ingress and egress over the private streets.
Homeowners own to the middle of the private streets.
False. Property lines meander all over the paved driveways. Only a surveyor can tell you where your property line actually lies.
The Laughlin Park Association (LPA) pays an electric bill.
False. Residents adjacent to the gates and street lights have these appurtenances connected to their home electric services.
The LPA pays a telephone bill.
True. Each gate keypad is connected to a telephone line. The LPA pays five telephone bills each month--plus for an answering service in the event of an emergency.
The LPA files a tax return and pays for insurance on the gates.
LPA board members receive an annual stipend plus expenses.
False. The LPA is an all-volunteer organization whose board members serve without any compensation of any kind.
The Los Angeles Dept. of Water and Power (LADWP) owns, maintains and provides power to the street lights.
False. All the street lights are owned by the owners of the properties on which they stand. These respective owners also pay to keep the lights lit. The LPA recently paid to connect the last remaining DWP-serviced street lights to the property owners on whose property they stand. The LPA also paid to re-fit the lamps to energy-saving LEDs.
Single-family homes only are found in Laughlin Park.
False. There is one duplex in the Park: the Dempsey carriage house.
All the lots in Laughlin Park are larger than average for Los Feliz.
False. There is one lot that is 1,044 square feet and lies in the middle of the Mews. It is completely unusable for any purpose other than as part of the Mews driveway.
A property owner has a legal right to restrict parking on the common easement that is on his/her property.
False. There is no protected use for parking in the ingress/egress common easement. Parking is allowed by informal common consent so long as garages and non-easement driveways are not blocked. Towing of blocking vehicles is permitted if the premises are posted as required by city code.
The LPA maintains the gates and cleans some portions of the private streets.
True. The LPA pays for a service contract to maintain the gates themselves. One area of Laughlin Park Drive that is inaccessible by the Hobart Boulevard owner and the five gate areas are cleaned by the LPA handyman, who also maintains the gate lamps and pilasters.
The Park’s telephone and electric cables date from the 1920s.
True. The Park has deteriorated public services that desperately need upgrading.
The city maintains electric, water and sewer lines inside the gates.
False. No city sewer mains lie within the Park. The existing, usually shared, sewer lines are considered “lateral” lines by the city until they reach the city mains, outside the Park.
There are fire hydrants inside the gates.
True. Most are marked “L.A.F.D.” For your own safety, it is wise to know where the hydrant closest to your house is located.
Every household paid a portion of the cost to rebuild the streets in 2006.
True. The LPA had to force some owners to pay for the streets by initiating legal action.
The LPA may sue homeowners who fail to pay to maintain the common easement.
True. The California Code permits such action. See: CA Code; CHAPTER 2. Obligations of Owners [840 - 848].
Uninvited persons who enter the Park may be arrested for trespassing now that advisory signs have been installed on the gates.
True. The new signs on the gate pilasters posted by the LPA provide proper notice for the arrest of trespassers.
There has been at least one traffic fatality in the Park.
True. A speeding motorcyclist missed a turn at Cummings and DeMille Drives and killed himself. Slow down while driving through the Park; you’ll last longer!
A major source of LPA revenue is the collection of fees for filming in the Park.
True. The LPA collects fees from film crews, in part, to offset wear and tear on the gates and driveways.
If desired, our private streets could be deeded to the city.
False. The city will not accept our streets for public use, as they do meet the current engineering criteria for city streets.
The gates are cheap and easy to repair.
False. The gates are very susceptible to damage, mostly from trucks that do no wait until the gates are fully-raised before driving through. It is not unusual for gate repairs to cost in the many thousands of dollars. The LPA usually pays for these repairs unless culpability can be proved.
The gates provide an element of safety.
True. The LAPD attributes the gates to making the Park among the safest places to live, in a very safe neighborhood, Los Feliz.
Our gates and private streets add value to our properties.
True. Buyers are willing to pay a premium price for the Park’s privacy and tranquility in the heart of Los Angeles.