In a significant victory for the community, longtime nuisance business El Arroyo Bar is closing after years of outcry from area residents.
Described as a neighborhood eyesore and headache, the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office in 2008 designated El Arroyo Bar, on 7026 S. Broadway, a nuisance property.
Members of the community have long complained of loitering, public urination, narcotics use, littering, noise, gang activity, illegal parking, and public drinking by the bar’s customers.
Authorities called the business a breeding ground for gangs and illegal activity. Since 2009, the bar racked up more than 50 violations. In addition, the Los Angeles Police Department reported a total of 29 arrests and investigative reports in the last four years.
LAPD, the Department of City Planning, and the Office of Zoning Administration have been actively involved in the abatement case for El Arroyo Bar since 2009. During the last six years, this process included making suggestions for improvement, meetings with the owners, holding five public hearings, imposing corrective conditions, and hundreds of hours of investigations, inspections, monitoring, and administrative processing.
Just this week, City Councilmembers revoked a Conditional Use Permit, which allowed El Arroyo Bar to sell alcohol on the property—shutting down the problematic bar for good.