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O’Farrell Motion Restricts Schools, Parks But Removes Other Restrictions Protecting Citizens

Councilman Mitch O’Farrell’s motion, forthcoming to the City Council for a vote,  to amend 41.18(d) sounded at first to protect residents by restricting homeless from parks and schools.  Instead the motion opens up Los Angeles to homeless living almost unrestricted  except for O’Farrells motion restricting schools and parks and a few other things.

Right now the law restricting homeless is 41.18(d) which restricts people from sitting, lying, or sleeping on any street, sidewalk, public way and the Jones Settlement which states that the police will not enforce 41.18(d) between 9 pm and 6 am.  The settlement will also not allow people within 10 feet at certain entrances and exits.  It is true these hours are not being enforced.

How about restricting homeless from residential streets. So many encampments have been across the street from, next to, an alley away from residents. How about restricting this and protecting residents. How overpowering to have an encampment an alley away, adjacent to, across the street from and this has been happening in Venice. Encampments that have been too close have been Penmar Park, 7th Ave, Lincoln Hardware, Harding, Harrison, 4th Ave, Thai restaurant alley

It is recommended that you contact your councilman Mike Bonin at Mike.Bonin@LAcity.org and express your feeling regarding this motion.  It would be a good idea to also cc Councilman Mitch O’Farrell at councilmember.Ofarrel@lacity.org and Nury Martinez at Nury.Martinez@lacity.org

Below are 41.18(d) and the Jones Settlement.  The O’Farrell motion is shown verbatim in Venice Update article. 

LAMC 41.18(d) states that

No person shall sit, lie or sleep in or upon any street, sidewalk or other public way. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to persons sitting on the curb portion of any sidewalk or street while attending or viewing any parade permitted under the provisions of Section 103.111 of Article 2, Chapter X of this Code; nor shall the provisions of this subsection supply to persons sitting upon benches or other seating facilities provided for such purpose by municipal authority by this Code.

The Jones Settlement said the police would not enforce LAMC41.18(d) between the hours of 9 pm and 6 am.  The settlement also stated that people could not be within 10 feet of driveways, loading docks, entrances and exits.  This passed in 2006 and was to be in effect until 1250 units of permanent supportive housing (PSH) units were constructed within the City of Los Angeles and at least 50 percent of those located in Skid Row and/or greater downtown Los Angeles.


Comment (1)

  1. Bonin's Bumz

    Don’t bother contacting Bonin, he doesn’t represent homeowners and taxpayers. He represents the bun advocate complex, developers, and bums.

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