July 2015 from L.A. Times:
"Mayor Eric Garcetti took office with a promise to end chronic homelessness by the end of 2016.
Instead, two years into his term, we're throwing $100 million annually at a problem that's spreading and becoming more entrenched — and Garcetti's largely been silent on the issue, save for platitudes.
The best solution our City Council has come up with is a return to ham-handed tactics previously tried and discredited: Have the cops seize the belongings of homeless people, then hand out tickets they can't pay or haul them off to jail.
At the very least, that would get them and their messes out of our sight — and quiet constituent complaints about scruffy transients and homeless encampments cropping up on sidewalks and in neighborhood parks."
These newest anti-poor LAPD actions come as eager developers and corporate entities prepare for the final takeover -- of what many consider to be this last bastion of freedom on the west coast of Southern California, and possibly the whole of the USA, Venice Beach, CA. L.A.'s “people’s beach" -- a place where visitors and residents alike enjoy an ambiance of freedom, fun and expression. Recent attempts by Los Angeles city and Venice-area gentrifiers to curtail these freedoms -- aided by increased police numbers, activity and enforcement -- today are unprecedentedly threatening the very ambiance that makes L.A.'s historic Venice “Venice”.
Unsubstantiated claims of increased criminal activity in this famous beach spot, promoted by mainstream media –and those with a vested interest in gentrifying Venice – have unfairly identified the house-less community, young travelers, and people of color as their primary scapegoats.
These house-less, young travelers and people of color, both resident and visitor alike, are now daily targeted by LAPD officers for selective enforcement scrutiny, resulting in a new overflowing congestion of the Los Angeles courts and jails.
Meanwhile, as these house-less and vehicle dwellers are now under constant threat of criminal prosecution and a massive new unconstitutional effort to seize their possessions, the City of Los Angeles continues its heartless persecution of the poor in the name of destroying Venice Beach.
PLEASE SIGN OUR PETITION TO SEND YOUR MESSAGE TO LAPD AND THE CITY OF L.A.:
STOP PERSECUTING THE HOMELESS AND PEOPLE OF COLOR AT VENICE BEACH, CA NOW !
- Neighborhood Prosecutor, L.A. City Attorney's Office
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Councilman Mike Bonin
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HAVE A HEART! LAPD officers, accompanied by City of Los Angeles sanitation trucks STEAL homeless people's possessions, throwing them into the waiting truck for disposal at an undeclared location, with no possibility of retrieval.
I urge Councilman Mike Bonin and Mayor Eric Garcetti to call on LAPD Chief Charles Beck to stop property seizures in Venice!
As if it isn't enough to constantly harass and intimidate homeless people at Venice beach -- adding insult to injury, the City of Los Angeles is using tax-payer dollars and paid city police officers and resources to persecute the most vulnerable in our community.
And, as if that isn't enough: to constantly ticket, arrest and otherwise persecute the most vulnerable in our community -- Los Angeles city tax-payer dollars are being used to not only enforce these archaic, inhumane policies on the streets of Venice --they, now, are reaching into the bottom of the barrel by STEALING the last few precious possessions that the poor and destitute homeless people on Venice beach have managed to scrape together.
When is ENOUGH - ENOUGH? How much further will the City of Los Angeles go?
What will it take for the City of Los Angeles to stop this criminal persecution of the poor and vulnerable at Venice Beach?
When will the City of Los Angeles rate human values above property values?
STOP PERSECUTING OUR HOMELESS PEOPLE!
START VALUING HUMAN LIFE AND DIGNITY ABOVE PROPERTY AND POWER!
FIND COMPASSION IN YOUR HEART AND START ACTING HUMANELY TOWARDS THOSE WHO ARE LESS FORTUNATE AND VULNERABLE IN OUR COMMUNITY.
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