February 27, 2020

Calabasas Man Removes Anti-Semitic Signs

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A man residing in the Park Sorrento condominium in Calabasas has taken down a series of anti-Semitic signs hanging from his balcony, according to Calabasas Mayor Alicia Weintraub.

On Jan. 15, the city gave the man a 24-hour notice to remove the signs, which included swastikas and the words “Death to America!” Weintraub said on her Facebook page that the signs violated “city code covering inflammatory language and threats to others.”

The next day, Weintraub noted on her page that the man refused to remove the signs after 24 hours.

“We are working with our City Attorney and the resident’s HOA [homeowner’s association] to determine the next steps so an agreement can be reached and the hateful material can come down,” Weintraub wrote. “To those who have asked about what we are doing in regards to the mental health issue, we are extremely aware of this situation and addressing it with care and urgency.”

On Jan. 17, Weintraub announced on her page that the man agreed to take down the signs.

“Today, the resident on Park Sorrento has removed the offensive material that can be seen from the street below,” Weintraub wrote. “We appreciate this development and are thankful for all the work between the City and the resident’s HOA in resolving this.”

American Jewish Committee Los Angeles Regional Director Richard S. Hirschhaut said in a statement, “We commend Mayor Weintraub for her leadership in resolving this unfortunate episode. The removal of this public display of anti-Semitism and hate is a welcome development for Calabasas and the greater Los Angeles community.”

Anti-Defamation League Los Angeles Senior Associate Regional Director Matthew Friedman similarly said in a statement to the Journal, “If the offensive signs have in fact been removed, then ADL is pleased that this situation has been resolved for the time being.”