CREATED Jun. 10, 2013
COACHELLA - One of the first things drivers see when entering the Coachella Valley traveling westbound on Interstate 10 is a vacant, vandalized trailer.
"It's just unsightly. For all the travelers from Phoenix to Los Angeles, it's a very poor look at our community here," says a Palm Desert resident, Bruce Borrud. He has passed the trailer for more than five years, and he thinks it's time to take action.
"Somebody just doesn't want to take responsibility for it and do anything with it, so that appears to be the problem," expresses Borrud.
The trailer falls within the city limits of Coachella and also on private property. Assistant City Manager, Noelia Chapa, says the City cited the property owner for code violation in May 2012, but the trailer remains there. She believes there might be other code violations against the property. So far, the owner has not responded to the violation, and his fines are piling up.
"Every case varies," says Chapa, "We usually give the person the first time 30 days, but each additional notification, they do get a fine."
Some local residents have come up with a solution to this Valley eyesore.
"I'm just trying to bring it to someone's attention so it can be attended to and hopefully taken down and make the entrance to the Coachella Valley from that direction look a lot nicer," says Borrud.