Los Angeles bans homeless encampments in 54 spots across city
The city of Los Angeles outlawed homeless encampments Wednesday at 54 locations across the city.
The Los Angeles City Council voted 12-2 to ban the actions of sleeping, sitting, or lying at the specified spots throughout three city districts.
The measure also outlaws homeless camps within 500 feet of schools, parks, libraries, and daycare facilities.
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The homeless in the restricted areas will be given notice at least 14 days prior to their removal with signs, and "outreach teams will continue to engage anyone remaining on the site," the Los Angeles Times reported.
Placing the signs at the 54 approved locations will cost the city roughly $2 million.
Homelessness has risen to a severe problem in Los Angeles throughout the pandemic, analysis shows. Some officials in the city say the ordinance is akin to violence against the homeless.
"We know what the ordinance says," Los Angeles Community Action Network spokesman George Herod said. "It's just another attack that will criminalize the homeless population."
City Councilman Paul Krekorian denied this characterization.
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"It does not make any conduct that is fundamental to being human illegal. What it does do is it guarantees that we will reestablish passable sidewalks," Krekorian said. "It protects the users of our public infrastructure and the unhoused residents of our city from being put into positions of interaction with automobiles, around loading docks, driveways, and so forth."
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