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Local News in Brief : 2 Boarding Homes’ Licenses Challenged

State officials are trying to revoke the licenses of two San Fernando Valley board-and-care homes, alleging that lack of supervision resulted in a fatal scalding at one home and repeated sexual assaults on a resident at the other.

The state Department of Social Services said an 88-year-old man died in May of burns that he received while taking a shower unattended at the Sherwood Retirement Hotel in Northridge. The agency also said that lack of supervision was to blame for the alleged sexual attacks on a male resident at the Gonzalez Family Home in Arleta by a fellow resident over a six-month period last year.

A hearing has yet to be scheduled in the Sherwood case. Gladys Logreco, an official of a property management company that operates the 82-bed Sherwood home for the elderly, vigorously denied the state’s charges and said the home will contest them.

The Social Services Department expects to revoke the Gonzalez license because that home has not responded to the state’s complaint, department spokeswoman Kathleen Norris said.

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