Mike Lindley, manager of the storage facility at the beach, doesn’t like the mobile storage plan envisioned by the Venice Neighborhood Council Homeless Committee. He wants to use the MTA lot on Sunset for storage and encampments.
Lindley was being interviewed to see what he thought of the Mobile Storage Plan since he is the main man for the the non-mobile one at the beach.
Manages Facility at Beach
Lindley has managed the storage facility at the beach, near the paddle courts, since conception, a few years ago. Originally, the container was used just during shelter times, November to April, but in he last few years, it has been year round. Now it is open one hour per day, Tuesday thru Saturday. There are 25 bins and they are all used. Lindley keeps records and showed how one person used it frequently based on the number of pages. The cargo container is 8 feet wide and 25 feet long.
Does Not Like Mobile Storage Plan
He does not like the mobile storage plan because of number of busses needed, no ramp for removal. He says a minimum of two people would be needed for security. He said having two homeless people in buss at same time going thru a bin could create a security problem.
The Mobile Storage Plan conceived by the Homeless Committee would use a normal bus which would be 8 to 8.5 feet wide and 40 feet long probably. The committee talked of having two operators and two counselors on board. With four people on board the bus would probably accommodate 30 bins, two rows of 15 on each side. The containers would not have to be removed for use. But the plan is flexible and scaleable. And it goes to those who need it, which the stationary one does not. It would go twice a day, which the stationary one does not. It takes the service to the needy.
One homeless man on Rose was asked what he thought of a system for storage that came to him and he said “Humm… interesting.” When asked how he would feel if that which could not fit in 60-gallon bin would be destroyed in accordance with LAMC 56.11, he replied that “I collect too much junk anyway.”
Lindley Wants MTA Lot for All
Lindley immediately switched the attention to the Metro or MTA lot on Sunset where there are more than three acres with some buildings. That is perfect. The MTA is scheduled for development but construction could take years.
“It will take years before they can build,” he said. “Use it now. Get all the homeless and let them camp there. Set up storage. Let counselors come, there are buildings for offices. Put porta potties on the property. It is fenced. Have security.”
Lindley sees it as a perfect, “immediate” solution for all the homeless and their needed storage, their needed counseling.