A report on foreclosures in Los Angeles indicates penalties folded into a foreclosure registry program established in 2010, a program intended to scare property owners into maintaining houses, were never collected.

Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin summed up his report on the issue in a letter to the Housing and Community Investment Department. Galperin found that the ordinance that created the registry "cast too wide a net" and required registration at the wrong point in the process. That meant many property records in the database remained incomplete and never received a follow-up.

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