From the LA Daily News:
Debbie Davis first noticed the algae-green pool behind the foreclosed house next door last spring and knew it could spawn West Nile virus.
So for months the Studio City resident called code enforcement, public health and bank officials hoping to clean up the stagnant threat.
Instead, alleged squatters moved in. The swimming pool stayed dirty. And the Red Cross called last week to inform her the blood she had tried to donate was indeed contaminated — with the deadly West Nile virus.
“There it is, a sludge pit,” said Davis, peering over the fence at the pool-turned-pond in the 3600 block of Bellfield Way. “And the likely cause of my virus.
“The problem is, I’ve reported the pool to everybody.
They’re completely unresponsive.”
In May, she contacted the Los Angeles County Public Health Department, which dispatched an environmental specialist. The specialist emailed to say she’d seen the dirty pool, and had referred the issue to city code enforcement and county mosquito abatement.
That month, a city Building and Safety inspector tacked up an order to the property owner — in this case the trust and bank — to clean the pool or face increasingly stiff fines.
Despite the threat, Bank of America never cleaned the pool.
Then in early July, what looked like two squatters moved in, at which point the neighbors began calling the city attorney, prosecutors and police.
Meanwhile, up the small cul de sac high about Ventura Boulevard, another family awaits word on West Nile virus. Seventeen-year-old Javin Reid suffered a terrible rash and fever this week and submitted a blood test for the virus Monday.
Like Davis, his parents Kristen and Tony Reid have contacted bank and public health officials for months, without word on a fix for the dirty pool.
“We’re frustrated,” said Kristen Reid, 46. “And we’re really confused. There’s a public process in place to take care of pool violations.
“It’s a simple thing: it’s public health,” she said. “It’s clear that the pool is dangerous. They should take care of it. People are getting sick.
“The system is completely failing.”