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Morris Pichon with the help of ...
Morris Pichon with the help of his wife, Barbara, is an unsung hero in his Pacoima neighborhood.
with the help of his
wife, Barbara, is an unsung hero in his
The couple keep an eye out for people who dump refuse and debris in the area around their home.
They were photographed on Dec. 17, 2014. (Photo by John McCoy/Los Angeles Daily News)
Morris Pichon, a 73-year-old Pacoima resident, is a former Navy photographer.
And hes still using his
spots an abandoned mattress or a car illegally selling goods on the side of the road, he
takes a photo.
A northeast Valley resident since 1983, Pichon
has been documenting blight in the area for decades.
shots to the relevant city agencies and publishes them in Pacoima Today
, the community newsletter he
helped found back in March.
Pichons goal: to be a thorn in the side of the city.
also wants to encourage local residents to call 311 the citys hotline for quality-of-life issues to report code violations, overwatering, illegal dumping or other infractions.
In October, the neighborhood gadfly drove around Pacoima with a Daily News reporter in his
pointed out a trash-filled alley.
Then around the corner, he
spotted a parked truck selling washers and dryers on a residential street.
The problem is that many locals shrug off such nuisances or simply dont know that they can call the city to complain, Pichon
The main point is to wake the people up, he
also pointed out he
is frequently in touch with aides from City Councilman Felipe Fuentes office.
A onetime Lockheed Martin manufacturing analyst, Pichon now serves as a co-editor of Pacoima Today, which documents nuisance issues in the area.
The publication displays Pichons images, while articles and essays remind locals that city officials are there to serve the taxpayers.
Pichon doesnt like to call himself a civic leader he
prefers the word activist.
said, is to let people know they have rights.
Monica Rodriguez for Los Angeles City Council
Morris Pichon, Pacoima Neighborhood Council*
Morris Pichon of Pacoima is on ...
Morris Pichon of Pacoima is on a crusade to rid his neighborhood of abandoned vehicles like this van on Glamis street. (Photo by David Crane/Los Angeles Daily News)
At first glance, Morris Pichon's
hillside neighborhood, adjacent to a golf course and Little League fields, looks like one of the rare picture-postcard communities in an otherwise rundown area of the northeast San Fernando Valley.
, who lives in Pacoima with wife Barbara, is upset that a closer look at his
neighborhood doesn't measure up - and the city isn't doing much to help.
The streets behind Pichon's home are littered with dilapidated vehicles, some abandoned so long ago that weeds and cobwebs have become entangled in bumpers, mufflers and other body parts.
"These cars have been here for years," says Pichon
, giving a tour of streets that have become makeshift parking lots for cars that appear to be unlicensed, inoperative, probably uninsured and left unmoved for months.
"You can tell by the dirt on the windshield and the spider webs anchoring the stuff to the asphalt."
, a 68-year-old retired Lockheed Martin
manufacturing analyst who has long been involved in civic activity, is concerned that city officials have ignored - or done little to enforce - a 2006 ordinance that makes it illegal to park a car on the street in the same spot for more than 72 consecutive hours.
is absolutely right - the process has broken down," Alarc n said.
"It hasn't moved an inch in five years," said Pichon, a former member of the Pacoima Neighborhood Council and a board member of the NAACP's San Fernando Valley chapter.
"This is money in the pockets of the city when it badly needs it," said Pichon
"It's a nightmare - it's the ...
"It's a nightmare - it's the worst of times," said retired Lockheed Martin Corp. marketing analyst Morris Pichon, who is considering returning to work to ensure he and his wife, Barbara, don't wind up homeless in coming years.
...Pichon, 67, and wife Barbara, 58 - who still works at Lockheed Martin - may personify the economic dilemma facing many in California. Pichon
has lost $7,000 in investments in the past quarter.And Barbara frets daily as she
watches the stock market, worrying how much of a hit she
will continue to take on her
401(k) - where, according to Pichon
has already lost as much at $15,000. "I was telling my wife that it's so bad with gas, the price of food, that it makes you nervous," said Pichon, a Pacoima resident who has an economics degree from Chapman University.
Retired Lockheed Martin Corp. ...
Retired Lockheed Martin Corp. manufacturing analyst Morris Pichon, 67, of Pacoima said he and his wife, Barbara, 58, who still works at Lockheed Martin, faced their darkest days earlier this year. Pichon
had lost $7,000 in his
investments and that Barbara had taken a $15,000 loss on her
"If we were going to do something desperate, it would be to take out our money and put it in a safe deposit box," he