In 1991, the City of Los Angeles issued a permit to the Whitley Heights Civic Association to allow the installation of gates that would turn the community into a private enclave. Construction, funded by Whitley Heights homeowners, began in January 1991 and was substantially completed by April 1992, at a cost of more than $350,000. Construction was permanently halted in 1992 when a group called "Citizens Against Gated Enclaves" successfully sued to prevent the closure of public roadways in Whitley Heights.
^CITIZENS AGAINST GATED ENCLAVES et al., Plaintiffs and Respondents, v. WHITLEY HEIGHTS CIVIC ASSOCIATION, Defendant and Appellant, No. B077760. Second Dist., Div. Seven. Mar 23, 1994 (Superior Court of Los Angeles County, Second District, Division Seven 1994-03-23).