Lynwood City Councilmembers stressed to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department that it wants to see more effort in trying to prevent auto burnouts that are becoming numerous in Lynwood and across the region.
The comments came at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.
Mayor Jorge Casanova was particularly concerned about the repetition of these burnouts–which is the practice of keeping a vehicle stationary and spinning its wheels, the resultant friction causing the tires to heat up and smoke—at the same places in Lynwood.
In particular he spoke about the area around Fernwood and Atlantic where burnouts have occurred more than once.
Sheriff’s representatives acknowledged that these burnout events are hard to police given that they move around across the region and law enforcement doesn’t know where they are going to be.
The mayor and other city leaders have been working with neighboring cities and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon to develop a regional task force. There also have been numerous meetings with law enforcement and other leaders over the past months.
“Having this conversation at a public meeting was productive. It lets our residents know that city officials are working on this public safety issue with law enforcement and that it is a top priority for us,” said Mayor Casanova. “We will continue to work with Sheriff’s Department and officials from neighboring cities and the state to address this problem. We also are committed to keep the public up to date on progress that we make.”