Quadruple homicide leads to pending regulation of illegal boarding houses

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An ordinance that will regulate unlicensed boarding facilities was approved Monday after a quadruple homicide occurred in Northridge last week that led to the discovery of an illegal boarding house.

Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitchell Englander, who oversees the 12th District and is chair of the Public Safety Committee, led the development of the Community Care Facilities Ordinance (CCFO).

The Public Safety Committee unanimously approved the ordinance, according to Matt Myerhoff, communications director for Englander’s office. He added the ordinance was approved with a few amendments that addressed some concerns of disability rights groups.

The CCFO will regulate unlicensed facilities operating as businesses in residential areas with up to 50 people crammed into a single home, often without any supervision, programs or security, or adequate kitchen or bathroom facilities, according to the ordinance provisions.

The CCFO was carefully crafted to not discriminate against any groups, and it would enable licensed, well-run group homes to continue providing their services, Myerhoff said.

“The suspect may have been under more scrutiny if there had been other provisions in the laws,” Myerhoff said.

The ordinance will come before the city council in January, Myerhoff said.

The victims of the quadruple homicide have been identified as Amanda Ghossein, 24, Jennifer Kim, 26, Robert Calabia, 34, and Teofilo Navales, 49, according to Ed Winter at the L.A. County Coroner’s Office.


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  • Jon Soto

    More feel good laws from the indecente imbeciles aka LA city counsil. How is special order 40 working out? It isn’t working at all. Criminals should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. Immigrants that commit crimes should be deported automatically without question. This is why people of California voted for keeping the death penalty; For murderers who don’t want to or can’t be reformed.

    • Michelangelo_L

      Immigrants that commit crimes should be deported automatically without question.

      Surely we should question at least if they actually committed the crime? Personally I think we should question what crime was violated as well. Deporting someone for drinking raw milk, for example, seems a bit absurd. We have so many crimes in the books that it is impossible to go through your day without violating something.

  • David the small-L libertarian

    “The suspect may have been under more scrutiny if there had been other provisions in the laws,” Myerhoff said.

    What does this mean?  Maybe the suspect might not have killed them if the victims weren’t there?  Or maybe it wouldn’t have happened if there were more toilets in the house?  More knee-jerk BS “solutions” from City Hall!

    I recall reading in press reports last week that there had been no complaints about the house from neighbors.  Methinks this law is not likely to prevent any homicides but will allow the city to fine and tax people more.