Hoarding is a mental illness which Mike defensively denied most of his life. He has now changed his ways thanks to an old friend's persistence, and today, he is so much happier and stress free.
The complaints the City got were never about his events with The LA/OC, the potluck dinners, the cinema movie nights or CMG: California Mens Group; but rather the homeless and drug vagrants that he allowed to shelter on his property out of his misplaced generosity. They were always on his front porch, driveway and in front of the house. They all took from him and almost never gave back. And they brought their dumpster-diving junk with them, adding to Mike's mess.
His longtime friend took charge and implemented the "Diligence in Vigilance" plan (2021 June through 2024): to evict, file Restraining Orders against, and ban over 72 persons in Mike's orbit who were bad for him and his property, something that he couldn't do himself in the last 42 years.
The 3-year project to clean out the mess, and repair and renovate the 80yr old dilapidated home was exhausting this past 26 months (a new roof and solar panels, as well as Japanese-invented Split-Air ductless HVAC and new interior design is the last phase in 2024/25). Mike has owned the home since 1982. The house pre-dates the incorporation of the City in 1956.