By Palmdale resident Douglas Duncan
I purchased a home on the Rancho Vista Golf Course about 10 years ago with the hopes of it being my last home. I never realized there would be federal government-subsidized residential medical facilities in our neighborhoods.
These facilities come with disrespectful employees that arrive in your neighborhood at all hours of the night with radios blasting. They dump lunch trash in the street and drive automobiles that profusely leak oil.
I have had to put Drizit [oil absorbent pads] down in front of my home to keep the oil up. In front of 3731 Tournament Drive, where this facility is located, I have seen a pool of oil two feet in diameter.
They also leave trash cans out, blowing trash down the street. In the six months it took to get a commercial dumpster in their garage, I have contacted the Environmental Protection Agency, Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department, County Supervisor Michael Antonivich’s office, City of Palmdale Code Enforcement, and the state governing agencies for these facilities.
To date, nothing has been done to stop these people from taking over and trashing my neighborhood. No agencies hold them accountable.
They block driveways and threaten you with physical harm when asked to turn music down in their cars at midnight.
Not to mention, you cannot park in front of your own home nor have guests park there on weekends.
If these people cannot clean up behind themselves, how can we expect them to care for our sick and elderly?
I forgot to mention, there are Sheriff’s deputies, coroner’s officers, the fire department, ambulances, and deliveries at the facility at all hours of the night. You never know when you will be awakened in the middle of the night; and this happens multiple times a week.
Why, again, do we want to buy a golf course home in Palmdale? These facilities are lowering property values in the neighborhood and taking away our peace!
I am turning to the media to see if anyone is listening.
I have no problem with helping sick and elderly people in these healthcare facilities. But if the employees cannot clean up behind themselves or conduct their business in a professional manner, how can we trust them with the care of our family members?
What does this say about our government agencies when they don’t listen to their constituents, or care for our environment, or care about the way our city is maintained? Shame on the city of Palmdale Code Enforcement and the EPA! The oil in our streets could end up in our drinking water!
If I wanted to live in an industrial area or near a hospital, I would have bought there. Another tax paying working family being driven out of Palmdale…
** UPDATED 4/7/14 **
I completely agree, health facility needs to go
By Palmdale resident Don Beech
I, too, live in this neighborhood where Mr. Duncan is having all the problems, and everything he is saying is dead on.
There is no reason for these employees to overrun the neighborhood. I too have oil all over in front of my house, not to mention cigarette butts all over the street and in my yard. Apparently, the staff can’t smoke in the house because of the sick and elderly patients living at the facility. But this doesn’t mean you can come out and litter our streets with your butts and motor oil at all hours of the day, with little or no respect for the residents that live in the neighborhood. I have also had to deal with the loud music and the occasional argument with either spouse or other employee.
But this is not where the problems end.
All these patients have family that come and visit, which is understandable; but it seems like there’s a party in the neighborhood almost every day with all the cars that take every spot on the street. There has got to be a better place for these patients to go than a care facility that is located in the middle of a residential neighborhood. I moved to this neighborhood thinking it is zoned residential and this would be a nice quiet place to retire. I’ve been a Palmdale resident all of my life; was I wrong?
Now my wife and I are talking about moving where there isn’t so much commotion from a facility that shouldn’t be in a residential area. Why does the city allow this to happen? I’ll bet the people that make those decisions wouldn’t approve this type of facility to operate in their neighborhood. What do you think?
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