A series from the LA weekly that they called “L.A. County’s War on Desert Rats”
Tough code enforcement has been ramped up in these unincorporated areas of L.A. County, leaving the iconoclasts who chose to live in distant sectors of the Antelope Valley frightened, confused and livid. They point the finger at the Board of Supervisors’ Nuisance Abatement Teams, known as NAT, instituted in 2006 by Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich in his sprawling Fifth District. The teams’ mission: ‘to abate the more difficult code violations and public nuisance conditions on private property.’
Reporting by Mars Melnicoff and photography by Kevin Scanlon for LA Weekly (source).