Dear Council Member Eric Garcetti and Fellow Council Members:
The Elysian Valley community was once again subjected to the grotesque site/indecent exposure & sexual harassment of the World Naked Bike Riders this past Saturday (June 16, 2012). The LA Weekly reports over 200 Angelenos were wearing nothing but a bike (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/18/naked-bike-ride-la-2012-o_n_1606759.html). From these reports, it is clear that other neighborhoods were similarly affected.
The Elysian Valley Neighborhood Watch (EVNW) was recipient of countless reports of complaint and dismay from individual residents and families who witness first hand the riders come down their residential streets in plain view of all (including children at play). Following is a communication quote from one concerned resident, which I trust is self explanatory…
In my 66 years I have never seen anything like this. A very large group of bikers just rode down Rich Street. The majority of them were completely nude! I have a very large orange tree in my front yard and a couple of them stopped and tried to climb my fence to get oranges. I went out and yelled at them to keep moving and get the hell out of my sight!! They became argumentative and said the oranges were on the side of public property. I don’t mind sharing the oranges but they were too disgusting to watch. I called Northeast P.D. station and also left a message on Officer Hill’s phone. I believe they crossed the line of this being a free country!!
This open disregard for public decency is a slap on City wide efforts by law enforcement and resident groups to safeguard our citizenry from these blatant transgressions. The EVNW frequently deals with indecent exposure like issues brought to attention by residents concerned with the well being of their families. Without hesitation, the advice from the EVNW and LAPD has been to report such matters to local police.
Disturbing is the fact that this event is permitted with zero regard for the public safety and quality of life of the affected communities. Equally troubling is the apparent political protection being afforded this cycling group by City Hall. According to police, the “last time these people made a ride in the down town area, the patrol officers were told not to cite or arrest”.
In view of the above, please consider this a formal request on behalf of Elysian Valley residents for an explanation of the City actions permitting this ride as well as formal request for action to stop this from reoccurring ever again in Elysian Valley.
Best regards and thank you for your attention to the aforementioned. I’ll sincerely appreciate hearing from you in due time.
Elysian Valley Neighborhood Watch