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Ryavec Says LAMC 41.18 Should be Enforced to Protect Homeless and Residents

LA Times ran an article last week that showed how not only the homeless were affected but the residents get affected too. Mark Ryavec, president of the Venice Stakeholders Association, had a few words to say in reference to the article and how both homeless and residents were getting hurt. LA Times article.

The Times’ portrayal of the City’s limited tools to protect residents and business owners from sidewalk encampments is far from accurate. It failed to mention the City’s “no lying, sitting or sleeping on a sidewalk” ordinance, LAMC 41.18, which remains on the books today.

While the LAPD occasionally enforces the law between 6 am and 9 pm, it could move to 24-hour enforcement but for intransigence of City Attorney Mike Feuer to advise the LAPD that the Jones Settlement was satisfied over two years ago when the City completed the 1,250 units of permanent supportive housing required by the settlement.

Of course, to avoid another lawsuit, Feuer should also counsel the LAPD to set up more teams of officers with outreach workers, from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) or non-profits, to offer homeless in problematic encampments credible forms of housing assistance, now available with funds from Measure H, in advance of citation or arrest under the “no sleeping” ordinance.

It is only with full enforcement of 41.18, enhanced with offers of housing, that noxious situations like the one on Grand Avenue can be successfully resolved.

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