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    Default LA's Battle for Venice Beach: Homeless Surge Puts Hollywood's Progressive Ideals to the Test

    Let's see how the liberals act when this hits not next to home but at home.
    ......................This is sad on all sides ....

    LA's Battle for Venice Beach: Homeless Surge Puts Hollywood's Progressive Ideals to the Test
    by Scott Johnson and Peter Kiefer
    January 11, 2019, 6:00am PST


    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/fe...s-test-1174599

    Venice is now home to the largest concentration of homeless anywhere on L.A.'s Westside, with nearly 1,000 non-domiciled people. During the past 18 months, several encampments have swelled in more residential areas where homes can easily sell for eight figures and up. Tents, many of them equipped with mini refrigerators, cupboards, televisions and heaters, vie with pedestrian traffic.

    Residents who live near the encampments say mail regularly goes missing. Break-ins have jumped. Hypodermic needles and human waste are appearing on sidewalks and at local playgrounds. Residents have complained to police about harassment and even physical assaults. "This is more of a criminal problem than a homeless problem," says nonprofit worker Carly Voge, who lives next to the so-called Frederick camp adjacent to the Penmar Golf Course.

    The most common refrain heard when discussing the cause of L.A.'s homeless crisis is soaring housing costs. But there are other forces at play in Venice and throughout the city involving various laws and ballot measures that date back more than a decade. A 2006 ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Jones v. City of Los Angeles required that law enforcement and city officials no longer enforce the ban on sleeping on sidewalks anywhere in the city until a sufficient amount of permanent supportive housing could be built. Further complicating matters were two state ballot measures that voters overwhelmingly approved in 2016 — Propositions 47 and 57 — which decriminalized certain felonies to misdemeanors in an effort to address the state's overburdened prison system. Officials, including Bonin, admit that those measures have complicated matters for law enforcement, who make arrests only to see the same perpetrators back on the street days later.

    "Bonin sent out a survey like 10 months ago asking residents where would be a good place for the shelter," says software executive Travis Binen, who lives directly across from the Metro bus depot and has emerged as one of the most vocal opponents to the bridge shelter. "Of the 641 surveys returned, only 5 percent pointed to [the Metro bus depot] as a good location. More people pointed to Bonin's house. He is, like, the most hated man in Venice." Binen, who spends four hours a day online organizing against the shelter, says his activity has pushed him rightward.
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    Default Re: LA's Battle for Venice Beach: Homeless Surge Puts Hollywood's Progressive Ideals to the Test

    in this country of riches, regardless of your politics, very sad to see.

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    Default Re: LA's Battle for Venice Beach: Homeless Surge Puts Hollywood's Progressive Ideals to the Test

    Quote Posted by thepainterdoug (here)
    in this country of riches, regardless of your politics, very sad to see.
    Country of riches? Or country of monthly payments? :-)

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    Default Re: LA's Battle for Venice Beach: Homeless Surge Puts Hollywood's Progressive Ideals to the Test

    Quote Posted by TomKat (here)
    Quote Posted by thepainterdoug (here)
    in this country of riches, regardless of your politics, very sad to see.
    Country of riches? Or country of monthly payments? :-)
    exactly. 20 trillion in debt. 97 million working aged not in the workforce and 50 million cannot afford to feed themselves.

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