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(A) Notwithstanding any provision of the Alhambra Municipal Code to the contrary, the city manager, police chief, fire chief, director of code enforcement, health official, or building official, or any of their designees, may cause a public nuisance to be summarily abated if it is determined that the nuisance creates an imminent hazard to a person or persons, or to other real or personal property.
(B) Prior to abating a nuisance that creates an imminent hazard, the City Manager shall attempt to notify a responsible person by telephone or in writing of the imminent hazard and request its abatement by said person; provided, however, that the City Manager may dispense with any attempt at prior notification of a responsible person if, in the sole discretion of the City Manager, the nature or severity of the hazard does not reasonably allow for such prior notification. If notice has been so given, but, in the sole discretion of the City Manager, the responsible person(s) fail(s) to take immediate and meaningful steps to abate the imminent hazard, the City may abate the nuisance with City personnel without further notice, and charge the costs and fees thereof to the responsible person(s).
(C) Within 10 business days following emergency action of City personnel to abate an imminent hazard, the City shall serve any responsible person with a notice of emergency abatement by City personnel of an imminent hazard by first class mail. Notice to a property owner shall be mailed to the mailing address set forth in the last equalized assessment roll of the Los Angeles County Assessor’s Office. Failure of any responsible person to receive a properly addressed notice of emergency abatement by City personnel of an imminent hazard by mail shall not invalidate any action or proceeding pursuant to this chapter.
(D) A notice of emergency abatement by City personnel of an imminent hazard shall contain the following provisions:
(1) The name of all known responsible persons who are being served with the notice of emergency abatement by City personnel of an imminent hazard and the address of the real property on which the imminent hazard was present.
(2) A brief description of the condition(s) and reasons why it constituted an imminent hazard.
(3) A brief description of the law prohibiting or pertaining to the imminent hazard.
(4) A brief description of the actions City personnel took to abate the imminent hazard.
(E) Omission of any of the foregoing provisions in a notice of emergency abatement by City personnel of an imminent hazard, whether in whole or in part, or the failure of a responsible person to receive said notice, or the failure of the City to issue said notice in a timely fashion, shall not render it defective or render any proceeding or action pursuant to this chapter invalid.
(F) Emergency abatement of an imminent hazard by City personnel shall not preclude the City from recording a declaration of substandard property in accordance with the provisions of Municipal Code § 6.26.250, if conditions thereafter remain at the premises that constitute a violation of law or a public nuisance.
(G) The City shall be entitled to recover its fees and costs (incidental or otherwise) for the abatement of an imminent hazard. In such instances, the City shall follow the procedures set forth in this chapter.
(Ord. 4667, passed 2-9-15)