Its Time to Declare a State of Emergency to Alleviate Homelessness in LA County
A strange thing happened on June 7th when I took a stroll down the Venice boardwalk. Homeless encampments, transients in various degrees of intoxication, and tents crammed together covered the length of the boardwalk. There was a woman screaming at herself, dragging a heavy chunk of metal by a strand of wire across the boardwalk. She then threw three bar stools at another homeless man who was standing several yards away, one by one, as if to emphasize a point only she understood. Not exactly enhancing the tourism industry in Venice that is struggling to stay afloat.
Sheriff of Los Angeles County
Another option we should develop are safe camp sites and RV parking with attendant hygiene stations, trash removal, security, and outreach capacity. The third and fourth options that need to be addressed are both the simplest and the most difficult — removing homeless individuals who refuse to de-occupy public spaces that directly impact residential, commercial, and tourist space and destinations. It can be as simple as telling people to move on if they reject the other options, and then use appropriate enforcement of local laws to address those who refuse to leave. Bottom line is no one has the right to occupy and despoil public space for their own personal use and at great public expense.