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City of La Quinta takes action following the deadly shooting on Avienda Madero

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The city has confirmed that the property on Avienda Madero did have a short term rental permit but did not have an event permit, which is required for hosting a party in a rental house.

News Channel 3 went back to the scene and saw a memorial that stands in front of the La Quinta home where a Cathedral City man was fatally shot.

Nikkola Eteo, a resident of La Quinta said she's mourning the loss.

"I didn't think he would die," said Eteo.

Two weeks later, Eteo and other neighbors are more aware of the house parties that go on in the area.

"As a community, we have been awaken to what the dangers of house rentals, and house parties with intoxicated people, a lot of them are underaged," said Eteo.

Some have made a few changes since the incident.

"I have been more cautious, we don't park on the street," said Eteo.

While Jeffery Patterson, a resident of the La Quinta cove has seen other adjustments in the area.

"Just a heavy police presence in the area more helicopters and police cars," said Patterson.

News Channel 3 knocked on the door of the home to see if the property owners would see answer but the rental house seems vacant.

The home will likely remain empty because city officials say they have suspended the short term rental permit for a year on that property and have issued multiple citations and fines.

Violence in rental homes is not confined to this incident. Just days after the La Quinta death, a halloween night shooting at an Airbnb in the San Francisco area left five people dead.

The CEO of Airbnb continues to make statements on twitter and has launched a rapid response team.

The City of La Quinta may also create their own focus team to address concerns on the short term rental program.

"We're going to be looking at the formation of an Ad-Hoc committee that will go back and study the complaints over the last 12 months that have come in on the short term rental vacation rentals and also comments that have come in from the community on our program," said John McMillen, City Manager of La Quinta.

News Channel 3 has asked the city to provide us a copy of the citations.

The city plans to bring their proposal for a focused group on the short term rental program to their next council meeting on November 19.

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Dani Romero

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