LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Despite the objections of his neighbors, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has ordered city officials to proceed with a plan to erect a six-foot wall around the mayor’s mansion.
The wall — which would flank the sides of Getty House in Hancock Park — recently drew the ire of local residents in February when Villaraigosa filed a request for a local variance that prohibits any fencing that exceeds 42 inches in height.
A proposed design for the wall includes “embedded” security features that the mayor’s office said will save trim the costs of security staffing.
Villaraigosa has deflected much of the public criticism aimed at the structure towards federal officials.
The Los Angeles Police Department reportedly proposed the idea after the Department of Homeland Security found that the home could be breached.