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Jones Settlement Incentive to Come


15 June 2018.  The Jones Settlement, basically, says that people can sleep on the sidewalks of Los Angeles from 9 pm to 6 am. They can do such until 1250 permanent supportive housing (PSH) units are constructed within the City of Los Angeles and at least 50 percent of those are located in Skid Row and/or greater downtown Los Angeles.  It is reproduced in its entirety Jones Settlement

Also they have to be 10 feet from an entrance/exit to a building, parking lot, loading dock. In addition, the police must give a verbal warning they are in violation of LAMC 41.18(d) and give them reasonable time to respond.

LAMC 41.18(D) states “No person shall sit, lie or sleep in or upon any street, sidewalk or other public way,” unless they were attending a parade.”


In 2007 the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) took the City of Los Angeles to court. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals said the enforcement of the LA law against sleeping on the streets was unconstitutional. The City of Los Angeles made an agreement with the American Civil Liberties Union to allow people to sleep on the streets throughout the city as specified in the Jones Settlement. They said the police will not enforce LAMC41.18(d) between the hours of 9 pm and 6 am.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals said it was a violation of the eighth amendment of the Bill of Rights which states: Amendment VIII — Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

On the other hand, many feel that LA should have taken the decision to US Supreme Court, arguing that it had a compelling reason to prohibit people from sitting, lying or sleeping on sidewalks. It also could have changed the law. The ACLU gave up the ability to use the Ninth Circuit ruling as a precedent for future lawsuits, but they can still sue.  That was 2007.


According to the Los Angeles Daily News (https://www.dailynews.com/2017/06/20/la-should-revisit-lawsuit-settlement-that-allowed-skid-row-conditions-everywhere-susan-shelley/) Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department reported that the requirements of the settlement had been met: 1,170 CH (chronically homeless) units had been built, including 656 in the downtown Skid Row area, with more under construction.  That was 2015.

The Venice Neighborhood Council has made repeated attempts to get the City to monitor, to report the number of units built, status of the Jones Settlement.

Taylor Bazley, Venice deputy for Councilman Mike Bonin, made a statement at the Venice Neighborhood Council  that because of the influx of homeless into Los Angeles, that the City felt any court decision would require a higher number  for compliance to the Jones Settlement. Time, more homeless, settlement agreement should be more.

On the other hand, many feel this created the incentive to come to Los Angeles thus increasing the number.  The question is: If one were homeless, or really not inclined to work, and one liked the weather and the comraderie, wouldn’t one come to Los Angeles? They started to come before Measure H and Measure HHH. Now Los Angeles promises to build new apartments for the homeless. In Venice they are taking valuable property less than a 1000 feet from the water for this housing.

The former police captain of the LAPD, Pacific Division said 90 percent of the homeless in Venice were transient. That meant they did come from, originate in Venice or even in California. The statement went on to state that 75 percent of the Venice homeless were addicted — drugs or alcohol.  This has been verified by  Homeless Task Force member Regina Weller.


People are asking for an accounting. They are being ignored. They feel the laxity of the law and the promise of a new apartment is just too inviting.

The facts are here.  For Venice, they are not from Venice, not from California.  Even the LA County figures show a great percentage from out of state.

Comments (3)

  1. Anonymous

    its super funny. city of LA is a joke now run by bozos.

  2. Billy Bathgate


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