David Wood keeps to himself. The 40-year-old is a tall anomaly in Orchard Arms; others who inhabit apartments in the government-funded complex for the disabled and senior citizens call him “the young guy.” Wood’s apartment overlooks Pinecrest Elementary School just across the street. County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich intends to force him out. Wood is a convicted child molester. . .
“These sex predators ought to not be on the street in the first place, as far as we’re concerned,” said Antonovich’s spokesman Tony Bell. “It makes little sense to have registered sex offenders living within a very close proximity to a nursery school and a K-5.”
Los Angeles County supervisors are set to vote Tuesday on an Antonovich motion seeking legal justification to evict Wood. Bell said this is the next step forward in Antonovich’s long-running campaign against sex offenders and may pave the way to remove sex offenders from school areas.
“If there needs to be change in legislation, then we’ll be exploring that as well,” Bell said. “Parents, and frankly school personnel, must be vigilant when it comes to looking out for our children.”
Parks, schools and daycare centers pepper the area near Orchard Arms, which is set at the corner of Wiley Canyon and Orchard Village roads. The news upset some parents who came to pick up students from Pinecrest Elementary School on Friday afternoon.
But other parents voiced confidence in the school’s security, which Pinecrest Executive Director Lisa Glenn touted Friday.
“Our school in Valencia, both the preschool and the elementary school, have one entrance in and one entrance out, so we don’t feel at all concerned about any trespassers,” Glenn said. “Basically, we trust that (county supervisors will) take care of whatever they need to.”
Several parents reacted differently.
“Get him out,” said Sloane Davis, a 36-year-old mother whose 8-year-old son attends Pinecrest. “The first thing that went through my head was maybe we should make the move. … We live up the street.”
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